Game related charity Operation Supply Drop announced that it has received $12,000 in gaming gear from two gaming accessory developers: MOGA and Power A. Power A has donated a variety of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 wireless Batman themed controllers, while MOGA sent the charity 350 of their MOGA Gaming Controller, which can be snapped onto any Android mobile device and turn into a portable gaming system. The items will be put into care packages for soldiers deployed in combat zone around the world and recovering in military hospitals.
UK games industry-related charity GamesAid has begun a Christmas campaign to get video game companies in the country to donate unwanted merchandise to its eBay activity. The UK games industry charity raises money throughout the year and is distributed annually, as per the votes of GamesAid members. Almost £1m has been raised since GamesAid was founded five years ago, and in September alone, £260,000 was donated equally to five youth-orientated charities.
Gamasutra has the exclusive scoop on the Stardock Staffing Company, a new unit put together by Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock. Thaw company announced earlier this year that it had put together a multi-million dollar fund called the Stardock Investment Fund, with the goal of using it to invest in "promising, small companies."
Players of the long-running (and still popular) Jagex MMO RuneScape have raised $90,838 for charity by donating their in-game currency through a magic well located in the game called the "Well of Goodwill." The money raised through this community initiative will go to such charities as the Willow Foundation, SpecialEffect, Action For Kids, Games Aid, Internet Watch Foundation, HART and the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
A YouTube channel called "Give8-Bit" officially launches today, with the goal of showcasing the video games industry's ongoing charitable efforts and to raise awareness in general about the good deeds of the industry and gamers when it comes to helping. The channel is being curated by Playmob and promises to host submissions from companies or organizations raising money for charities via games-related activities.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) today revealed the recipients of the ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship. The 20 ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellows were awarded grants for creating video games that attempt to provide solutions to specific problems in their communities.
On December 4, the Fellows will present their ideas to influencers and policymakers in Washington, DC after flying in on Southwest Airlines, the official airline of LOFT and HHF.
Military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop passed along word today that during the month of November it managed to raise what it called a record-shattering $302,187 worth of games and swag for soldiers and sailors deployed overseas as well as recovering in military hospitals. Much of that tally for the month of November came from game developers and corporations.
Blizzard Entertainment is teaming up with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help the charity make the dreams of sick children in the United States fulfill a wish. World of Warcraft players can purchase the Alterac Brew Pup pet ($10) today, with $5 going to Make-A-Wish.
Operation Supply Drop has raised nearly $300,000 in games and gear for Veterans Day through its 8-Bit Salute drive. The military gaming charity surpassed last year's $58,000 in games and gear raised by over five times with the grand total of $282,721. Donations are still coming in, so that figure is sure to continue trending upwards. The donations will be sent out as a part of Operation Supply Drop's end-of-the-year 8-Bit Salute fundraising drive to build video game care packages for soldiers deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals.
CCP Games announced today that its PLEX for GOOD initiative will help fund relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. On November 8th 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) struck the Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction and loss whose effects continue to be felt in the region. In response to this tragedy, CCP and their community of over a half million players will again host a PLEX for GOOD drive to aid survivors.
Developer Insomniac Games announced this afternoon that it has partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to grant wishes to sick children this holiday season. Insomniac Games are the makers of such hit franchises as Ratchet & Clank, Outernauts and Spyro the Dragon.
Insomniac employees are donating items from the Starlight Wish Lists of Miller Children's Hospital in California and Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center in North Carolina, where the company has offices. Insomniac will match all donations dollar-for-dollar.
Aksys Games and developers MarvelousAQL and Arc System Works are hosting a special charity sale to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. The company is selling a number of items related to its game BlazBlue Calamity Trigger and Muramasa Rebirth including comic books, soundtracks, and even a plushie.
"Our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy, and we wish the people of the Philippines a quick recovery," said Aksys Games in a statement.
The eBay charity auction of a limited edition white Xbox One has generated $11,300 for the Wounded Warrior Project charity, according to CVG. The special edition console is being given out to Microsoft employees when the Xbox One launches later this week in 21 markets including the United States. The auction on eBay began at $1, but by Nov.
SOA Games announced this morning that it will be running donation events for its fantasy anime action MMORPG, Luvinia World, to benefit relief efforts in the Philippines. The events, which will run three weeks, will let players purchase three items that will be on sale exclusively during this time. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from these items will go to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through Philippines Red Cross.
PopCap Games is the latest game developer to show its support for Operation Supply Drop. The makers of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled have donated $100,000 in games and gear for Operation Supply Drop's 8-Bit Salute! fund-raising campaign. PopCap gave 100 codes which unlocked every game PopCap has ever made including their fan favorites Peggle, Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled as well as plethora of other casual titles (over 60 games in all).
Gearbox Software has managed to raise right around $16,000 for the Videogame History Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving and archiving the history of the video game industry. Gearbox raised the money by selling Gearbox memorabilia such as signed Borderlands 2 'Loot Chests', and unique art pieces from Gearbox concept artists to the public.
Sony has donated 15 million yen towards relief efforts in the Philippines. The country was hit by Typhoon Haiyan last Friday, which killed an estimated 10,000 people and has left millions affected in some way. Sony Philippines has also donated 400 emergency radios to help communities devastated by the storm.
Sony issued the following statement this morning about the donations:
Trion Worlds announced that last week's participation in the Extra Life charity marathon and a promotion related to it helped give its MMORPGs RIFT Online and Defiance a record-breaking week last week. The company said that over a quarter of a million new players joined their online games, RIFT and Defiance. Bookended by the relaunch of RIFT as a free-to-play game on Steam and the charity marathon for Extra Life, Trion’s celebration week included promotions, in-game special events, and giveaways across both games to celebrate both new and veteran players.
UK games charity GamesAid is auctioning off a special version of the Xbox One to raise much needed funds for future charitable work. The special console is very rare; it is white and was only given out to employees who worked on the console.
GOG.com is taking part in a fundraising campaign that lets consumers donate a minimum of $5 to one of three charities to get three games. The charities include the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Gaming for Good, and Worldbuilders. The games players can choose from include FTL, Waking Mars, Incredipede, The Whispered World, Driftmoon, PID, Darwinia, Creature's Village, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, and Botanicula.
There's no rule against donating to all three charities, which means that you could pick up nine of the ten games listed above.
The very first Games [4Diversity] Jam will take place from March 21 - 23 (2014) in San Francisco, organizers announced today. The goal of this unique game jam is for developers or teams of developers to incorporate feminine and LGBT aspects into games in a constructive way. Organizers believe that the game jam will show that "female, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues can enrich games in an innovative and positive manner."
Here's more from the organizers of the event:
Despite its web site being the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the folks at the Extra Life charity managed to raise a decent amount of money (with the help of thousands of gamers) over the weekend. The charity sent out multiple emails over the weekend keeping Extra Life members in the loop as the events unfolded.
Jagex Games Studio has launched a month-long charity campaign that uses virtual gifting in its games like RuneScape to provide real-world donations to support disadvantaged, at risk or seriously ill young people. Launching today, the Well of Goodwill will offer RuneScape players across the world the chance to gift some of their in-game wealth to charity.
Rather than be a bunch of hard cases to customers that managed to buy Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag a little bit early, Ubisoft has taken a different attitude. In a series of tweets (gathered by GoNintendo) Tim Browne, the Lead Game Designer on Assassin’s Creed III & IV: Black Flag MP, said that Ubisoft will not punish consumers who were able to buy the latest AC game early by resetting gained levels of in AC IV multiplayer.
One of the many guests taking part in this year's GamesBeat 2013 two-day conference is Mark DeLoura, the former video game executive and technologist who went to Washington to work for the Obama Administration. DeLoura is senior advisor on digital media for the White House Office of Science and Technology. When he was in the games industry he worked in executive roles at such companies as Sony, Nintendo, Google, Ubisoft, and THQ.
University of Saskatchewan computer science PhD student Kathrin Gerling is designing video games specifically for the benefit of senior citizens. Gerling, who loves video games, wants to combine her love for her hobby with her passion for her community by working with seniors in local nursing homes to make accessible games. Gerling was inspired to do this by a number of studies that showed that seniors who play games gain mental and physical benefits from them.
Gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has successfully delivered a care package to a Special Forces team in Afghanistan as part of its ongoing efforts to deliver video games and fun to soldiers deployed in various combat zones around the world. The "Kentucky Windage" supply drop contained $4300 in video games, systems, peripherals and a High School Musical branded microphone for Guitar Hero (we assume this was a special request from someone).