Gaming is such a large community, and sometimes the community gets together to make a change. I can’t do much justice in terms of explaining the change these groups can make, but I’ll link to each of these charities that you must check out. Below is 8 times gaming for change has been a game-changer!
8. Race Against Slime
This was the worlds first mobile game charity in the form of a competition. It included the worlds biggest names in Youtube like Pewdiepie, Markiplier, CinnamonToastKen, UberHaxorNova, and Kootra. The fans were able to track the progress of each of the contestants on their Youtube channel, and they were encouraged to download and play along! The game developers, Seriously, we donating a total of $50,000, with $25,000 going to their partner, Malaria No More, and the other $25,000 going to a charity of the winners choosing from a list of five other charitable organizations. This will hopefully be the first in a line of many charitable actions taken by the mobile gaming community.
7. Gamers For Giving
Gamers for Giving is a competitive gaming tournament and LAN party. It helps raise money and resources for the Gamers Outreach, and supports their charity programs, such as building portable gaming carts for children in hospitals. Gamers for Giving is hosted in Michigan and quickly became one of the countries largest independent LAN parties. Definitely something I’d love to check out one day, doing good while gaming and being in a presumably epic environment.
6. Humble Bundle
The Humble Bundle works a little different than other charitable organizations. What they do, is they sell games at a price determined by the purchaser, and a portion of the price goes towards charity, and the rest of the price goes to the developers. It’s a really unique way of making things more accessible for the consumer, and donating to charities while still allowing the developers to earn from their hard work. The website has some running totals including total payments, which currently sits at $376,294.02, total amount of purchases, which currently sits at 41,859, bringing the total average purchase to only $8.99. When you dig a little deeper into the website and go through the process of checking out, you’re given the option how the money is allotted, and what charity you wish to have your contribution go to. There is a slider with options for Developers, Charity, and a ‘Humble Tip’ if you wish to leave one. This is a great idea and I hope word really spreads about this.
5. St. Jude Play Live
The tagline says it all. With St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s ‘Play Live’, you’re playing for more than just bragging rights. It’s a very simple, fairly straight-forward process. You sign up, either by yourself or with a team of players, you stream your favorite games and raise donations, and as you earn more for the cause you can personally win exclusive prizes. The testimonials will melt your heart and make you really want to get involved, and why wouldn’t you? This is a fantastic cause and a very easy way to help out. Together they’ve raised over $5,000,000.00 and they’re still going strong!