As someone who likes playing games, seeing the gaming community do what they can to help others during these unfortunate times is amazing. The upcoming eSports reality show, GameMaster, has entered the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The production for GameMaster being delayed, and the downtime is being utilized to offer assistance to first responders and hospitals in need by 3D printing face masks and connecting other makers with medical providers in need online at over at the show’s official website.
For those who aren’t familiar, GameMaster is an upcoming show with Wil Wheaton as the host and 12 amateur eSports contestants from across the U.S. It was scheduled to begin production this spring. It is produced by Georgia-based Peach Maria Productions (pronounced muh-RY-uh), with AMD serving as a sponsor.
Now that things have changed for everyone around the world, the show – and Executive Producers John Colp and Laurie Lockliear – are collaborating with one of their brand partners, Micro Center (who has provided 3D printers and filament to GameMaster).
The face masks being 3D printed are the “Montana Masks”. The design is available on the National Institute of Health website (created by Dr. Dusty Richardson, Dr. Spencer Zaugg, and Colton Zaugg).
The show’s producers and crew will be running the printing operations as well as be handling requests and distribution of the masks. The guidelines for said 3D mask-printing program can be found here.
Furthermore, GameMaster will also collaborate with Opera Event to share 3D blueprints with, and provide a network for, other “makers” around the country interested in helping to create and provide this vital equipment.
GameMaster.tv now features an email portal for 1) those in need of masks and 2) those who can help 3D print masks and distribute them in their communities.
“Like so many around the world, all of us at GAMEMASTER have been impacted by this pandemic. The idea of 3D-printing masks came to life when our team member, Reagan Stewart of Betta Innovations, shared the story of her wife — a nurse who is experiencing the shortage of critical PPE and medical equipment right here in our community. This is when we knew we had to find a way to help,” said GAMEMASTER Co-Creator and Executive Producer John Colp. “We are incredibly grateful to Micro Center, AMD and Opera Event for their support, and we thank all the makers who are helping us create a network to provide for those medical pros in need. We are also appreciative of our cast, crew and staff for sharing their ideas and energy to help make a difference.”
“I am so grateful for the thousands and thousands of health care workers facing this pandemic every day. In times like these, we must come together and support any way we can,” shared Wil Wheaton. “When this idea was shared with me, I was immediately on board to help. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this show and its team than right now. We will get through this together.”
According to current plans, the show will 3D print an initial run of 1000 face masks, and will then continue production based on demand. The show’s team will also continue to actively work to partner with makers in other communities of need to ensure supplies are made available all around the U.S.
Some of you can play a role, too!
- If you are a first responder or medical professional in need of supplies, you can register here.
- If you are a maker with a 3D printer and want to help, please register here.
- Are you living in a community with medical supply needs and you want to share the current information on social channels? You can register here.
More information about the 3D printing mask program can be found here.
To incentivize people, GameMaster will offer weekly drawings for registered Makers and Community Ambassadors, including:
- GameMaster swag
- Laptops / PCs
- Meet and Greet with Will Wheaton
- All-expense paid trip to the Season 1 live finale of GameMaster
- And more!
“Micro Center is proud to partner with GAMEMASTER to 3D print face masks for local hospitals. We are so deeply thankful for the heroic dedication of first responders and healthcare workers — we are honored to support them in every way we can,” shared Micro Center President and CEO Rick Mershad. “Our company is truly passionate about serving local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to look for ways to give back during this crisis. Thank you to GAMEMASTER for all you are doing!”
“Through our network of 80,000 influencers, we are thrilled to partner with Wil Wheaton and GAMEMASTER to take on Coronavirus,” said Opera Event CEO Brandon Byrne. “We look forward to activating our more than 50 million followers to produce and donate lifesaving equipment to the frontline medical professionals battling this pandemic.”
All the best to this initiative from GameMaster. Please consider getting the word out and do help in any manner you can.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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