Each day I wake up, get a cup of coffee, shuffle over to my home office, turn on the computer, check my news outlets… and immediately feel I should just go back to bed and hide under the covers.

Yet despite all the doom and gloom, there are still uplifting news items to report from the gaming community—acts of kindness carried out by companies that have plenty of other things on their plates to worry about right now. So, with a nod to John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube concept, what follows are examples of gaming businesses taking time to look out for others, something the industry does quite regularly when thing are going good as well.

  • Two Gauselmann-owned brands—Praesepe and Blueprint—have joined forces with UK trade association Bacta to donate £12,000 to fund 100 Amazon Fire tablets and care packages to industry charity, Rays of Sunshine (ROS).  The tablets, described as a ‘godsend’ by ROS chief executive Laura Barnett in a press release, will be distributed to children who, due to restrictions introduced to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, find themselves isolated from friends and family in hospital.
  • “Can’t Stop the Music” is Hard Rock International’s invitation to Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming team members to enter an internal company contest with a grand prize of $10,000 cash. To enter, team members compose and submit a custom playlist of 100 songs and rank their top 10 songs on the playlist.  The winning playlist will be featured on Hard Rock’s Spotify Channel and played at select Hard Rock locations. The contest is Hard Rock’s way of reminding all team members to celebrate music as the universal language, especially during times of trouble, according to a press release.  
  • SAHARA Las Vegas teamed up with Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) to support healthcare heroes and first responders across Southern Nevada. In total, more than 2,000 health care workers and 400 first responders received meals as they served on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A number of gaming manufacturers have also stepped up to either produce or provide personal protection equipment (PPE) to hospital staff and first responders. These companies include Garry Platt Manufacturing, TCSJOHNHUXLEY, KGM and many others.

Let’s keep the good news coming, now and also when coronavirus is safely in the rearview mirror.