The video game industry is stepping up to help fight the current global pandemic. Many gaming companies are coming together to host live-stream events with the goal of supporting those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. With virtually all Americans at home to help curb the spread of the virus, more people are now available to play. Tempo Storm (an American esports professional video game team) will host a four-day live stream even to raise money for charities involved in the relief effort, including Feeding America and CARE, a humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief to areas in need. The live stream, called “Tempo’s Sleepless Nights,” will begin Friday and run 24 hours a day through Monday on Tempo’s channel via the Amazon-owned Twitch platform.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, esports companies Gaud-Hammer Gaming Group, Ultimate Gaming Championship and Beasley Esports are partnering for Shutdown Showdown, a five-week Apex Legends charity tournament “to promote and reward those fighting against the spread of COVID-19 by staying home.” Throughout the event, safety messages urging players to stay home and practice good health habits will be spread. 40% of each registrant’s fee will go to the national nonprofit campaign No Kid Hungry. Anthony Gaud, CEO of Gaud-Hammer Gaming Group, said in a statement, “The gaming community is tightly-knit and the instinct to come together is strong, especially during this time of global crisis.”
Gaud continued: “The ‘Shutdown Showdown’ was conceived as a means to utilize the time gamers are being asked to stay indoors into something meaningful and impactful. With proceeds going to ‘No Kid Hungry,’ this event will help provide vulnerable kids with nutritious food during these extremely uncertain times. If successful, the ‘Shutdown Showdown’ will continue after the COVID-19 crisis has passed, so that gamers can continue to make the world a better place.”