Rovio has teamed up with Room to Read, a non-profit literacy advocacy group whose goal is to promote reading and gender equality in Asia and Africa. For the next two weeks Rovio will offer a "Good Deed" coin as an in-game purchase for Angry Birds Epic. Rovio will donate $1.40 from each $3.99 purchase to Room to Read to help drive its initiatives abroad.
We often see appeals for people to donate to Child's Play, the charity started by Penny Arcade founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, but it's not always clear where that money eventually ends up. But Wane.com offers a good example of how the money donated by the very generous gaming community to Child's Play directly benefits children in hospitals locally.
Comedian Will Ferrell has launched an Indiegogo campaign for "Will Ferrell's SuperMegaBlastMax Gamer Challenge," which lets backers donate money to cancer research for the chance to play video games with Will Ferrell in San Francisco on Oct. 26 for a few hours. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch. Ferrell is looking to raise $375,000 in order to make the event a reality. Here's more from his Indiegogo campaign page:
UK-based gamer charity SpecialEffect announced the winners of SpecialEffect Soccer Fives and that it managed to raise a cool £3000 for its ongoing mission of helping individuals with disabilities find new and exciting ways to play video games. The soccer event took place last Friday in the shadow of Wembley Stadium, with the Sports Interactive (makers of the Football Manager series) team winning the 2014 SpecialEffect Soccer Fives Trophy by beating out RuneScape maker Jagex.
Tabytha and David Armstrong, long-time World of Warcraft players (who play on the Eldre’Thalas server), recently found out just how wonderful Blizzard and the vast community that plays its long-running MMO truly is. Of course, the couple already knew that. Last week David Armstrong posted a heartfelt thank you in the World of Warcraft forums to the game’s developers for the game, which has impacted he and his wife's life so dramatically over the years.
Voting has opened for which UK-based charitable organization GamesAid will support this year through various fundraising efforts. You can help them by visiting this link and casting your vote for one of the following charities. While GamesAid is a gaming-focused charity, the organization hands out donations to a wide variety of worthy causes.
This year's candidates are:
Mental health charity Take This is returning to PAX Prime again this year with an AFK Room and a special panel led by the group's founders and other contributors.
"PAX has been a huge part of the success of Take This in being able to reach those who need help dealing with mental health issues in the greater video gaming community," said Take This president Russ Pitts. "It's an honor to be able to return to the show in an expanded role, and to hopefully help more people and spread more awareness about these very important issues."
Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop has announced The Indie Ammo Box, a digital online store that will offer specially created "name your price" indie video game bundles and an assortment of individual games for sale.
All of the proceeds from this special storefront will go towards building care packages filled with video game software, equipment, and accessories for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas and those recovering from combat injuries in military hospitals around the world.
The limited edition PlayStation 4 auctioned off (by retailer Tradera) as part of Stockholm, Sweden's recent week-long Stockholm Pride Festival kicks ended, generating thousands for the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.
Dedicated server hosting company RapidSwitch is helping to make a 72-hour Minecraft marathon to benefit AbleGamers this weekend a reality. The company announced that it is sponsoring the event by providing the server hardware and connectivity to enable CreeperHost to run MineThon, a worldwide online fundraiser for AbleGamers, a charity that champions "includification." - making games accessible to gamers who have disabilities.
UK charity SpecialEffect will receive over £10,000 in funding thanks to runners in the recent British 10k. Those participants who ran for the charity include staff from Disney, EA, Microsoft, Rare, IGN, New Star, Firefly, Green Man, and Bandai Namco. All of the companies helped raise that final total, which will go towards the charity's goal of helping those with disabilities.
Bethesda announced today that it has teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive during its annual QuakeCon event. QuakeCon takes place this year at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
The blood drive is inspired by Tango Gameworks' upcoming horror game, The Evil Within - which is set for launch on October 21 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS4, and PC.
The blood drive event is being called "The Good Within Blood Drive," and will take place July 18 and 19 at QuakeCon.
Jennifer Ann’s Group continues to use the medium of video games to promote awareness on the dangers of teen dating violence. Today the nonprofit organization announced the winners of its seventh annual "Life. Love. Game Design Challenge" - as well as the results of its first-ever game jam to create a game that championed its cause of stopping teen violence.
Arma III maker Bohemia Interactive has managed to raise $50,000 for the Red Cross with DLC that started out as an April Fool's Day joke. Bohemia Interactive announced that its Arma III's April Fools' Day joke that became content add-on has brought in 1m Czech koruna, around $50,000 USD, for the Czech Red Cross.
Bohemia and also briefly discussed the success of the military shooter franchise's new approach to DLC.
Speed Demos Archive and SpeedRunsLive revealed the dates for their next big Twitch-based charity event, Summer Games Done Quick. Beginning June 22 and running until June 29, a group of friends will gather and try to play and finish a variety of games as quickly as possible, in order to raise cash for Doctors Without Borders. Twitch will stream marathons of the playthroughs throughout the week.
Teen dating violence prevention group Jennifer Ann’s Group announced today that artists, game designers, and developers in Atlanta and Moscow will take part in the 2014 Jennifer Ann’s Group Game Jam the weekend of June 20th – 22nd, 2014. The 2014 Jennifer Ann’s Group Game Jam charges participants with creating games that help teenagers deal with emotional health, wellness issues, and issues related to teen dating violence.
Marathon Gamers, a group of friends who started a modest organization to play games for charity, will be launching its Summer Marathon of Friendship to raise money for the group's local St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The group, who resides in Huntsville, Alabama, will kick off a 48-hour marathon gaming session on June 20th on Twitch.
The tentative plan is to play everything from Left 4 Dead to Mario Party and to raise lots of money for St. Jude's. The event will start on June 20th at 2:00PM CDT.
Military-themed video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced several new initiatives for 2014 that are possible because of the strong support it received during its recent 8-Bit Salute fundraiser. The new "Thank You Deployment" initiative was announced, and the goal of it is to send select members of the armed forces on an all-expenses-paid VIP trip to gaming events or tours of game development studios for a rare insider's look at the video game industry.
In addition to announcing the launch of the 1.19 update for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, developer Naughty Dog announced that it has rescheduled its gaming marathon session to benefit Operation Supply Drop’s 8-Bit Salute event. Over the weekend the organizers annual charity drive and gaming marathon was the target of a DDoS attack. This messed up much of the group's fund-raising efforts because its main web site was taken offline several times.
Game-related charity AbleGamers foundation has launched a new initiative that will help bring gamers with disabilities to gaming conferences and other events.
The charity dedicated to advocating for and helping gamers with disabilities, is seeking $200,000 in donations for a new initiative called "Driving Home Accessibility." The goal of the program is to bring equipment and assistive technology experts to gamers in long-term living facilities, VA centers, children's hospitals and other areas that make it difficult to attend events.
Over the weekend military related charity Operation Supply Drop held its gaming marathon '8-Bit Salute' to raise money for sending care packages to military personal deployed in combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. But during this weekend's event hackers decided to ruin everything by taking down the charity's main web site where those who wanted to contribute would have made their donations.
Grinding Gear Games said that its first charity race event related to Path of Exile has already raised almost $20,000 to benefit the Child's Play charity. The event, which started on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in its game, will continue to run till Saturday, May 24, at 1:00 PM PST. The in-game item on sale for this charity event, an Angelic Mask, has sold over 3,600 units at a cost of $5.00 a piece, and is only available during the two week event. One-hundred percent of the proceeds are being donated to the Child's Play charity.
Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop will host its annual "8-Bit Salute" charity gaming marathon event this weekend (May 17-18). Donations raised during this year's charity event will fund video game care packages to U.S. military personal deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and those recovering in military hospitals.
UK charity Special Effect has put up a very interesting video of a man with spinal muscular atrophy playing Minecraft with his eyebrows. You've read that right; he's playing Mojang's popular world-building sandbox game using the power of moving his eyebrows up and down, and it's pretty amazing to watch.
Actress Bailee Madison and Starlight Children's Foundation will launch the first inaugural Play in May campaign next month. The charity event highlights the healing power of play for hospitalized kids while raising funds to support Starlight programs. Starting May 1, individuals and teams can pledge to play games for 15 minutes a day for 15 days and get friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members to sponsor the activity by making a donation.
During PAX East 2014, Carbine Studios donated $10,000 to the Child's Play charity, to benefit the Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Massachusetts Children's Medical Center.