Ubisoft is supporting Stay-At-Home – and so are others
With more and more of the world turning to “inside hobbies”, for many, that’s gaming – and thankfully, the gaming industry is doing its best to support this.
Several companies have started to encourage people to stay at home as much as possible – and Ubisoft is one of them. For at least a month, the company is putting together a series of incentives for gamers to, well, stay in.
Ubisoft’s offer includes freebies, discounts, trials and more. The first thing on offer is Rayman Legends. Until the 3rd of April, fans can download the game for free and keep it forever. The mythical platformer features more than 80 levels and is part of the beloved Rayman franchise of course – and it’s only the first of many.
Ubisoft has also promised free offers and trials in franchises like Just Dance or Assassin’s Creed – further details are as of yet unknown. Ubisoft will reveal more as time goes on, but that’s not all they’re doing. They’ve also contributed $150.000 to the WHO’s relief fund.
Ubisoft isn’t the only company to work towards the goal of keeping people home, happy and entertained – in fact, several companies are pitching in. Amazon for example, has made an entire library of kids’ TV shows free so that people have an easier time keeping their kids entertained.
Another platform, GOG.com is offering 27 free games to users – a lot of them ones that could well be called ‘vintage’. The collection is a blast from the past – several games from the 90s are in it, and even ones as old as the 1979 title Akalabeth: World of Doom. The games are DRM-free and available across Linux, Windows and Mac platforms (though not all of them are available on all platforms).
Epic Games is also offering free games – you can download a selection in the Epic Store, such as World War Z. In fact, Epic’s free offers have been going on for a few weeks now – they’ve included titles like Watch Dogs, the Stanley Parable, A short hike, Mutazione and Anodyne 2: Return to Dust.
The official stance
Given the current situation, it’s perhaps no surprise that even the WHO has encouraged people to stay inside, and, perhaps for the first time ever, to actually play video games. It’s no wonder – there is something for everyone, and with few alternatives for many, gaming is a great way to pass the time and distract from the grief and anxiety so many are feeling.
With more and more companies vocally supporting stay at home, and games creators offering their content for free, maybe this whole lockdown affair won’t be so bad after all – especially not if it succeeds in its purpose of keeping as many people as possible safe. There’s certainly enough free content out there to keep everyone entertained for some time!
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