It's a particularly tough time for frontline NHS workers right now, with services stretched and many overwhelmed with work due to the coronavirus outbreak. To help alleviate some of the stress, games companies in the UK have now launched an initiative called Games for Carers, which will distribute free games to NHS workers for use in their downtime.
More than 85,000 free games from a variety of genres and platforms will be available for NHS staff to download, in a campaign backed by companies such as EA, Codemasters, Konami, Jagex, Media Molecule, Xbox, Team 17 and more. The initiative was organised by UK games industry body Ukie, along with marketing firm Keymailer.
"The UK games industry has been proud to play its part in conveying these vital public health messages during this national emergency," said Ukie CEO Jo Twist. "Now our community has united again to say thank you to the truly extraordinary people who make up the NHS frontline team.
"Games companies of all sizes and players everywhere recognise their exceptional dedication and hope this initiative goes some way to help them to understand how respected and valued they are."
NHS staff who want to claim their free game or subscription need only visit the giveaway site and enter their NHS email address.
It's a lovely idea, and hopefully the games will help keep staff upbeat, or at least keep family members entertained while they work.