Charity

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Switch sales raised $58,000 for the Rainforest Trust

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 29 January 2021 17:05 GMT Moon Studios and iam8bit have raised $58,000 for the Rainforest Trust thanks to December sales of Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch. From December 8 to 13, the companies pledged 5% from sales of Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch would benefit the Rainforest Trust, with iam8bit pledging $25,000 to the charity. This week, iam8bit announced $58,000 was raised during that time, enough to protect 29,000 acres of rainforest habitat – a space roughly double the size of Manhattan.“As the publishers of the Ori series…

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Activision Blizzard staff have donated $1.6 million to 3,211 charities

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 15 January 2021 16:05 GMT Each organisation received an average of just under $500.Staff at publishing giant Activision Blizzard have donated $1.6 billion to a number of charity organisations.In a news post on its website, the company said that it had given each of the 8,013 members of staff that work across Activision Blizzard, Activision, Blizzard and King $200 each to donate to a charity of their choosing. The result was 3,211 organisations receiving donations. On average, each charity will have received around $498.Organisations benefitting from these donations include Gamers Outreach – which supports kids in…

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Here are some of the best runs from Awesome Games Done Quick 2021

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 is over now, and as ever, the seven-day speedrunning marathon introduced us to some legendary moments.AGDQ 2021 is the second-highest earning marathon in the event’s colorful history, raising an impressive $2,758,847 in donations from the game-playing public for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. That means this year’s charity donation is second only to AGDQ 2020.In case you couldn’t keep up with the breakneck speed of the proceedings (and who could blame you?) we’ve collected some of the most notable runs from this year for you below, so you can enjoy all the skills on show in…

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 raised $2.75 million for charity

Seven-day speedrunning marathon Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 has ended, raising a brilliant $2,758,847 million (around £2 million) for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It’s the second-highest amount ever raised at the event, right behind last year’s winter marathon, which is pretty good going considering this year was the first fully digital AGDQ. Despite not having a roaring crowd sat behind them, the speedrunners still put on an excellent show from the comfort of their own homes. Here are a few of my fave runs from the week. (more…)

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Legendary Tetris player, Jonas Neubauer, has passed away suddenly aged 39

Legendary Tetris player Jonas Neubauer has died, as per a statement on his Twitter account.According to a post published on Twitter, Neubauer died after a “sudden medical emergency” and passed away on January 4, aged 39.“He was the absolute best,” the message states. “We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”Neubauer was the seven-time winner of the Classic Tetris World Championship and was regarded by many as one of the best Tetris players ever. Neubauer began playing Tetris when he was just 8 years old, picking up the classic NES version of Tetris after seeing the game on…

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Troy Baker and Fall Guys devs raising money for UK mental health charities

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 16:18 GMT Variety of organisations are benefitting from this stream.Voice actor Troy Baker and Mediatonic – the studio behind smash-hit Fall Guys – are raising money for UK mental health charities via a livestream later this week.This is a collaboration with UK video games trade body Ukie, with the stream taking place on Friday, December 18 to raise money for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Head to Toe, and Safe in Our World between 4pm and 6pm UK. You can watch it right here.One of the names appearing on the stream is Baker,…

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Johnny Silverhand’s bionic arm from Cyberpunk 2077 is now a real-life prosthetic

Xbox, CD Projekt Red and Limbitless Solutions have teamed up to bring Johnny Silverhand’s iconic Cyberpunk 2077 prosthetic to the real world.Non-profit organization Limbitless Solutions has teamed up with Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red and Xbox to create a real version of the bionic arm that belongs to Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand.Initially shared over on the Xbox Wire, it’s revealed that these Johnny Silverhand-inspired prosthetic arms will be donated to adults taking part in clinical trials in the coming year.In a behind-the-scenes video, we’re shown how Limbitless Solutions created the prosthetics and given a brief overview of their functionality.The arms – which are designed…

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Valve’s Gabe Newell will launch a garden gnome into space for charity

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 20:30 GMT Valve’s Gabe Newell is going to launch a garden gnome into space for charity.The gnome is a homage to the Half-Life 2: Episode 2’s Little Rocket Man achievement, where you had to carry a garden gnome in the game, Gnome Chompski, to deposit it in a rocket ship.Newell is doing this to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of children’s hospital Starship, located in Auckland, New Zealand.Rocket Lab will be using Electron’s Kick Stage to deliver the 150mm titanium garden gnome into orbit, according to PCgamesN.  The little fella was created…

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 will be held online, citing on-going Covid-19 concerns

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 13 September 2020 16:01 GMT Awesome Games Done Quick, the charity speedrunning event known more commonly as AGDQ, will once again be held online in 2021.The charity event was moved online this year after complications due to the spread of Covid-19 spurred the organisers to move away from a physical event to safeguard the health of its volunteers.Next year’s charity event will also be broadcasted from a studio next year, with participants performing speedruns from home. With COVID-19 being a continuing concern, for the community’s safety we have decided to move #AGDQ2021 to an online format with the…

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Fall Guys charity contest earns $1 million pledge to Special Effect

Two weeks ago, Mediatonic challenged popular gaming brands and personalities to a charity bidding war. The prize would be a Fall Guys skin dedicated to the one that pledged the highest donation to gaming accessibility organisation Special Effect. The contest has run its course and Mediatonic have declared a $1 million/£748.060 group pledge the winner. (more…)