Virtual Plague Unleashed In ‘World Of Warcraft’ To Teach Prevention Of COVID-19
Like many games, World of Warcraft is a great way to escape the pressures and stresses of everyday life. That’s especially true right now with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the recent 100% experience buff may have tempted you back to Azeroth. However, if you happen to play on the private server, Elysium, you’ll have found yourself dealing with an in-game pandemic over the weekend.
Elysium has a total of 3.5 million accounts and anywhere from 10,000-15,000 players logging in each week. Rain, one of Elysium’s admins, spoke to Kotaku about the reasons for hosting such an event. “I know that we have a lot of players who are young or don’t have access to the information I do – or at least the same amount of information. I felt like I had an ability to inform people and help out in this time.”
Once it was clear how quickly the virus had spread throughout the server, it was removed and players were given items such as “hand soap” and themed quests to help drive the lesson home. The event was largely well-received, despite its sensitive nature and if nothing else, helped to demonstrate just how quickly a virus can spread if left unchecked.