Break out your Xbox: WHO recommends gaming during social distancing

Taylor Gadsden

Apr 25, 2020 — 2 min read

Looking for ways to pass all your newfound free time? Learn why the World Health Organization is backing video games as the best way to stay social, even while distancing.

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As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, most Americans are stuck at home looking for ways to occupy their time. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) and video game companies are teaming up for the #PlayApartTogether campaign, an effort to promote video gameplay during physical distancing.

A total of 59 (a large increase from the initial 18) global gaming industry leaders will promote WHO health guidelines like respiratory etiquette, hand washing and social distancing, as well as remote gaming to help users connect and engage with one another. 

The movement includes big names like Activision Blizzard, KLab Games, Big Fish Games and Zynga who will join efforts to reach millions of users worldwide. 

“It’s never been more critical to ensure people stay safely connected to one another. Games are the perfect platform because they connect people through the lens of joy, purpose and meaning. We are proud to participate in such a worthwhile and necessary initiative,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, in a press release.

What speeds do I need for gaming?

The recommended speeds you need for gaming will depend on the types of games you typically enjoy. Most games will include a minimum speed requirement for optimum performance. Check out the speeds you’ll need to enjoy the most popular types of video games.

  • First-person shooters (FPS) like Doom Eternal on Google Stadia: Speeds up to 30 Mbps
  • Real-time strategy games like Anno 1800 on Xbox 360: Speeds up to 3 Mbps
  • Role-playing games (RPG) like Xenoblade Chronicles on Nintendo Wii U: Speeds up to 1.5 Mbps
  • Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMO) like FortNite Battle Royale on Xbox One: Speeds up to 3 Mbps

Other factors like ping rate, router capabilities and the number of users playing in a single household will also affect your gaming experience. Learn more about why internet speed matters in gaming and a few ways you can improve your connection and gaming performance.

Do I have the internet speed I need for gaming?

Try our internet speed test to see if you have the speed you need to dominate your next campaign. Be sure to pause all online activity in your household in order to get the most accurate results.

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Taylor Gadsden

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Taylor Gadsden

Writer, Broadband & Wireless Content

Taylor is a veteran member of the Allconnect content team and has spearheaded a number of projects, including a data piece on the top fiber cities in the U.S. and a troubleshooting guide … Read more