Saving lives rather than taking them: that is the aim of the new mode proposed by the very popular online game Fortnite and developed in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Called "Liferun", this mode introduces players to the four main activities carried out by ICRC workers around the world: treating civilians, rebuilding essential infrastructure, clearing mines, and distributing aid as quickly as possible. Three famous players, Dr. Lupo, Lachlan and One Shot Gurl, were to present and learn the new mode on Sunday at the PAX South video game show in San Antonio, Texas, the humanitarian organization said in a statement released on Sunday.
🥁 🥁 🥁 ... We are so excited to introduce #FortniteLiferun!
The first @FortnightGame mode to save lives instead of taking them.
Created together with @teamevolvefn, @DrLupo, @One_Shot_Gurl and @LachlanYT.
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Promote international humanitarian law
The gamer community "is growing in importance" and the ICRC has developed this new approach "in order to spark conversations about its work in the worst conflict zones in the world," the organization stresses.
"Video games have long been traditional platforms for entertainment and social media, and we know that many players are also current, past or future soldiers, army officers, members of armed groups, CEOs of businesses, lawyers and political leaders, ”said Jennifer Hauseman, director of communication and information management at the ICRC, quoted in the press release. "We have to speak to them in an intelligent and engaging way to explain to them that civilians suffer a lot in conflicts," she adds.
The ICRC, one of whose objectives is to promote respect for international humanitarian law, had already established a partnership with the Bohemia interactive studio to integrate messages on humanitarian law into the game Arma 3.
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