Train2Game News EVE Online Raises Money To Fight COVID-19

CCP Games, creators of the deep and uniquely player-driven spaceship MMO game EVE Online, are proud to announce PLEX for GOOD, the charitable EVE Online program, has been successful in raising over $130,000 for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS).

Raising $135,500 since April 3rd, PLEX for GOOD is a charitable program operated by CCP Games on behalf of EVE Online players.

Having already raised $107,454 in February for Australian bushfire relief efforts by the Red Cross, this year has been its most successful yet. It provides a way for EVE players to donate to a charitable cause through the use of the in-game digital currency PLEX – allowing for charitable donations by those who otherwise might not have the means to donate real money.

“An unprecedented global crisis has been met by an unprecedented level of support and for that, I am once again hugely proud, grateful and humbled by the efforts of our players,”said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games. “We stand together as a community in our support of the work that is being done by health workers, scientists, and institutes around the world to fight this pandemic and bolster its relief.”
 

Money raised will go directly to the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate the global relief effort for COVID-19, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. It will also help the WHO to ensure that all countries – especially those with the weakest health systems – are prepared, as well as supporting their work to understand the virus, to ensure frontline workers get essential supplies and information, and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.
 

Donations were also made to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS), the prestigious policy think-tank which works to protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters, ensuring that communities remain resilient to major challenges, such as COVID-19. Their research focuses on improving organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks, whilst advancing policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases and a continued risk of pandemic flu.
 

Beginning in 2005 with fundraising efforts for the South East Asian Tsunami, PLEX for GOOD has now raised $713,620 for charitable causes, an incredible feat of which all EVE Online players can be immensely proud. 
 

EVE Online can be downloaded for free by visiting www.eveonline.com. For all the latest information about the game, please visit EVE Updates and for any questions on CCP Games, visit the FAQ.

Train2Game News WHO Orders Us To Play Games

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently held a media briefing on the best way to handle coronavirus.

They suggested a number of recommended actions individuals can take to get through this trying time.

One of the crucial things to remember is that we have to look after out mental health over the coming weeks.

WHO general director Tedros Adhanom said it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed, confused, and scared right now.

He advised that we talk to people we trust, and even help others in our community. Supporting those in need can help you as much it would them, he reasoned. So definitely be sure to check in with neighbours, family, and friends. While observing lockdown rules, of course.

Adhanom added that we should also “listen to music, read a book, or play a game,”

You can take that as doctors orders to chill out and play as many games as you want!

Train2Game News Minecraft Offering Educational Resources

Microsoft and Mojang have released several free Minecraft Education lessons in an effort to entertain and educate some of the many school kids who are currently missing classes due to coronavirus lockdowns.

These lessons were pulled from or based on the Education Edition of Minecraft, which many schools use in traditional classes.

A collection of 10 lessons can now be downloaded from the Minecraft Marketplace for free via the new Education category.

These include a replica of the International Space Station, a robot-aided coding course, a tour of Washington D.C. landmarks, marine biology, greek history, and more. These lessons are now live, and will be free to download through June 30. 

“The worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles,” Mojang said in a blog post.

Learning in Minecraft might sound a bit hokey, but if these lessons are anything like the Education Edition of the game, they’re sure to be no joke. Minecraft has helped countless kids learn everything from modern coding to ancient history in classroom settings. If nothing else, these lessons ought to help keep affected kids entertained while they’re stuck at home, but they’ll probably learn a thing or two (or 10) in the process. 

Source: https://www.gamesradar.com/minecraft-education-lessons/