Secretlab, a manufacturer of award-winning gaming chairs, has pledged to donate 50,000 masks to frontline medical workers fighting COVID-19. The company also announced that it will donate an additional 200 masks for each Secretlab Esports Edition and Secretlab Special Edition chair it sells until April 13. The special edition chairs are made in cooperation with Secretlab’s esports partners: Riot Games, Valve, Cloud9, G2 Esports, Team Secret, OG, and Astralis.
In a Facebook statement, Secretlab wrote: “Healthcare workers are our most invaluable resource in the fight against COVID-19. And unlike masks, they’re irreplaceable.”
Secretlab said the masks would be sent to American hospitals. The company chose the United States because it currently has the highest number of cases.
While Secretlab was founded in Singapore, the company operates across North America, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Secretlab was founded by former competitive gamers and now sells chairs for both competitive and casual play. It frequently partners with Blizzard and other companies to release exclusive chairs. Secretlab’s chairs generally run from $300 – $500.
“Given the worsening situation of the pandemic, there’s currently a critical shortage of protective equipment for front-line staff,” Secretlab CEO Ian Alexander Ang said in a statement. “Those of us in the esports community are very thankful that we are able to continue doing what we love – gaming – while staying safe. We’re not a huge corporation, but the important thing for us is to raise awareness where we can, to the esports community, about the sacrifices the front-line medical workers are making, and their shortage of protective gear.”
Many gaming and esports companies have embarked on charitable endeavors to make a positive difference as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Twitch stream in partnership with Enthusiast Gaming raised nearly $2.8 million for the World Health Organization (WHO) last Saturday, and Riot Games donated $800,000 toward coronavirus relief efforts in Los Angeles.
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