VeteranGamer.net Hosting Division 2 Stream Event for Military Care Packages

VeteranGamer.net, the largest veteran-affiliated gamer community in the US will be hosting their second charity live stream to raise funds for care packages for military personnel overseas. This time around they’ll be doing a Division 2 stream where they hope to raise at least $1,000. This is how much they raised during their last stream in February.

If you’re interested in taking part in the live stream or helping them raise funds during the event you’ll be able to find them on Twitch on Wednesday, April 10th at 5 PM Pacific time on the Veteran Gamer Twitch channel. You can also share this news post and social media posts from the organization about the event.

We here at MMOGames are big supporters of this cause and will be there watching the event. Many of our writers and staff members are veterans who know first hand how much it means to get care packages while serving abroad. If you’re interested in joining the largest veteran-affiliated gamer community in the US head over to their website where you can find a link to their discord with over 2,500 members and more than 20 streamers. We hope we’ll see you there on Wednesday!

 

Source: MMORPG.com

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Here’s When the Ninth Running of the Gnomes Happens in WoW

It’s almost time for one of World of Warcraft‘s best philanthropic community events. The Running of the Gnomes 2018 has gotten all of its most important details like date, server, and start time.

running of the gnomes 2018

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 13th on the Scarlet Crusade US server starting at 7pm EDT. The event will once more benefit The Cleveland Clinic’s Tuohy Vaccine, a vaccine that can prevent triple-negative breast cancer, a hereditary and particularly lethal form of breast cancer. Last year’s event brought in over $16k for the clinic.

Instructions to join in are much like previous events: login to the specified server and join in with one of the variety of guilds specially created for the event. Unfortunately, the event cannot support cross-realm invites, so those who want to join in will have to create an alt on Scarlet Crusade. Participants are asked to arrive well in advance for guild invites, or join in the official Discord.

If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can do so here. Additional details about the run can be found here.

Our Thoughts

We wish the runners of the event the best of luck and hope that this charity smashes its prior record. All of the love to the myriad pink-haired gnomes of Azeroth!

Source: Event Tumblr page via MMORPG.com

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War Child UK Lands Support from Bethesda, Bandai Namco and More

Every year I like to give a nod to the gaming efforts of War Child UK Armistice and this year would certainly be no exception. Particularly since 2018’s gaming partnerships have landed some new large names for the charity’s support.

war child uk armistice

New for 2018 is confirmed partnership from Bethesda Softworks, Bandai Namco Europe, IGG and Playstack. There will also be returning support from Wargaming and Gameloft as well. The announcement also stresses that additional partnership opportunities are still available.

What this means for players of games published or developed by these studios is a number of DLC offers that will raise money for War Child’s cause, which works to aid and protect children caught in conflict zones. Specifics on participating titles and just what these in-game offers will be are expected in the coming months, along with word on other events in support of Armistice.

“We’re thrilled with the support we’ve received so far, with some of the best developers and publishers in the world pledging their time and resources,” remarked War Child’s gaming partnerships manager Wayne Emanuel. “The offer to gamers this year is better than ever…while publishers and developers have a great opportunity to connect with their players in a new way – all in support of a great cause.”

Our Thoughts

There are more than a few games run by Bethesda and Bandai that could jive well with the efforts of War Child UK. Games like World of Tanks certainly seem like a shoe-in for Armistice inclusion once more, but we’re curious to know what other titles are signing up and what will be on offer.

Source: press release

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$1 Million Donated by EA to Jacksonville Shooting Victims

After the chilling events that took place this past Sunday at a Madden 19 esports event, Electronic Arts has stepped up to the plate in a big way. The company has opened a Jacksonville Tribute fund for victims of the attack and has donated $1 million to get things started.

jacksonville tribute fund

The donation and subsequent fund will be going directly to the victims and families of those who were affected by the attack, including the families of Elijah Clayton and Taylor Robertson. Additional details on how people can contribute to the fund will be shared at a later time. Until such details are provided, EA will also be hosting a charity livestream next Thursday, September 6th where players can help the effort.

“We’ve heard from so many of you that you’d like to support the victims, and to show that this horrific event will not define us, but only serve to make our community stronger,” explains the post. “The way you are coming together, and the outpouring of support for all those affected by this tragedy, is incredibly uplifting.”

Timing for this charity stream is expected at some point soon as well. You’re advised to keep an eye on the Madden NFL Twitter account for all the latest if you’d like to help.

Our Thoughts

For all the static Electronic Arts gets for being the worst company for video games, we have to say that it has really risen to the occasion when it really, truly matters. We’re eager to see this tribute fund raise lots and lots of money to help the victims of Jacksonville.

Source: Twitter

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Pink Mercy Raises Over $12M for BCRF

We already mentioned that the Pink Mercy charity drive from Overwatch has made a pretty significant impact, but now we have some hard numbers to back it up. Sales of the skin and related items raked in over $12 million for the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

pink mercy charity drive

To be precise, $12,703,828 is being donated with the efforts of Overwatch players, marking the single largest donation from a corporate partner in the BCRF’s 25-year history. The figure itself is associated with sales of the skin and related t-shirt, but an additional $130k was raised thanks to donations during various Overwatch charity livestreams.

In addition to the outstanding philanthropic efforts of the playerbase, there were also a number of brilliant pieces of fan creativity inspired by the Mercy skin, with the announcement page providing several examples of artwork and cosplay.

“Once again, you’ve dared to see what the world could be and have helped take a significant step forward in the mission to cure breast cancer,” closes the post. “Thank you, heroes!”

Our Thoughts

Our deepest congratulations to the Breast Cancer Research Fund and to the players who were able to offer their fiscal support to an extremely worthy cause. $12.7 million dollars is likely going to be a big help and we hope that Overwatch will consider running a similar charitable event for another cause soon.

Source: official site

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Sea of Thieves Devs Join In on a PUBG Charity Event

The Sea of Thieves devs aren’t just about open water and cartoony pirates. They, apparently, love them some PUBG and a number of the salty crew from the multiplayer sandbox will be among 25 other teams to join in on a special PUBG charity event this coming weekend.

pubg charity event

The team from Sea of Thieves have taken to calling themselves the Pirates of Chicken Isle, and will be one of 25 teams from UK games studios that will battle it out this coming Friday, June 22nd in a massive battle royale tournament starting at 8am EST/1pm BST in the Chicken for Charity PUBG event. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch.

The event is raising proceeds for SpecialEffect, an organization that strives to include people with physical disabilities in gaming by using and developing technology that lets people of all types enjoy video games. The organization is most recently known for their work with Xbox on the new Xbox adaptive controller that was announced in May of this year.

The Chicken for Charity event page is seeking a £5,000 target to help SpecialEffect’s cause, with the drive already hitting 62% of its target at the time of this writing. You can learn more about each of the supporters of the event here and offer your support for the Sea of Thieves team if you’re so inclined here.

Our Thoughts

We want to wish all of the participating teams the best of luck both in the Chicken for Charity event itself and in raising lots and lots of money to help SpecialEffect’s cause. Here’s hoping that everyone can shatter that £5,000 goal!

Source: JustGiving page via Sea of Thieves Twitter

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Fallout 76’s Cover of “Country Roads” to be Sold for Charity

West Virginia. Blue Ridge Mountains. Shenandoah River. Habitat for Humanity. These all tie together thanks to Bethesda’s announcement that the Fallout 76 cover song of John Denver’s “Country Roads” will be on sale on iTunes with all of the proceeds going to charity.

fallout 76 cover song

The cover track will arrive to iTunes on Wednesday, July 4th with 100% of the song’s sales going to Habitat for Humanity, a global non-profit that operates across the entire US and in 70 different countries to help families in need find or build housing. Bethesda has also confirmed that a minimum $100,000 donation will be made by the company regardless of how well the cover song sells.

“In the spirit of Fallout 76 and global rebuilding, we’re proud to team up with Habitat for Humanity…to advance the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to call home,” reads a statement from Bethesda.

In addition to the cover song sale, Bethesda plans what it calls “additional partnerships” with Habitat for Humanity in the time leading up to Fallout 76’s November 14th release.

Our Thoughts

We really do love the cover of “Country Roads” and can certainly think of no finer charity – thematically or otherwise – to get the benefit of that song’s sales. Here’s hoping that Bethesda’s donation will end up being significantly more sizeable than $100k.

Source: PC Gamer

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Subnautica Holds a Sale to Benefit Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Exploring the oceans of Subnautica can grant one a sense that diving into the oceans of the real world can be a harrowing, dangerous and deadly experience. That said, the wildlife within those oceans is still worth protecting and so a special Subnautica sale is being offered to benefit charitable conservation efforts.

subnautica sale

From now until Monday, June 11th at 10am PST, Subnautica is marked down to 20% off on Steam and 15% of the net developer profits will be handed over to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) charity, which works to end whaling and captivity, increase the protected living space for dolphins and whales, and champion for dolphin and whale rights.

“It’s really exciting for us to be able to work with WDC on the Oceans Day promotion and to be able to use Subnautica to help make a difference,” said Strategic Partnerships head Whitney Henderson of Perfect World Entertainment. “It’s wonderful to have the chance to increase awareness of the important work that WDC does to help keep our seas healthy and to give players the chance to donate to such a great cause.”

Abbie Cheesman of the WDC, who remarked that Subnautica is a popular title among supporters of the charity, continued: “We are so grateful for their generous support of our vital work to help protect our oceans and the amazing marine wildlife that call them home at such a critical time for many whale and dolphin species.”

Our Thoughts

Awe, good on you, PWE! We definitely hope that this fundraising drive offers up a nice chunk of change to the folks of the WDC charity so that further good work can be done to help protect marine life. And hey, you’re getting a really good survival sandbox at a discount. Win-win!

Source: press release

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Warcraft Troll Run for The Trevor Project and Pride Detailed

If you’re at all familiar with the Running of the Gnomes event of years past, then you’re probably familiar with the name of Dravvie. You’re also perhaps familiar with the Warcraft Running of the Trolls, a similarly-styled charity event in support of Pride Month and benefiting a related charity.

warcraft running of the trolls

artwork by Noxychu

The Running of the Trolls will happen this coming Saturday, June 9th on the Feathermoon-US server. The path of the run will start at the Troll starting zone and head to the zeppelins, where runners will ride to Tirisfal. From there, the run will cut through the Plageulands to the Ghostlands portal and end up in Silvermoon City. The run starts at 6pm PST/9pm EST/1am GMT, though participants are asked to arrive that evening or even early afternoon for invites to event-specific guilds.

The event this year is hoping to raise $2,500 in support of The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides crisis counseling and suicide prevention assistance for LGBTQ+ individuals under age 25. The Trevor Project provides a number of services including outreach via hotline, text or online chat, suicide prevention training and resources, and community resources.

Those who are interested in joining the run, donating to the cause, or even buying a shirt with the adorable artwork pictured above to support the charity can find all of the details here.

Our Thoughts

Considering how much of an impact the Running of the Gnomes event has made, we’re definitely eager to know how the Running of the Trolls works out. The Trevor Project is an absolutely important nonprofit service in times like these and we want to wish the best of luck to the participants and event organizers. Let’s go, Trolls!

Source: Warcraft subreddit via BlizzardWatch

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Fortnite is Hosting a $3M Charity Pro-Am Tournament

Among the many, many things that will be part of this year’s E3 is a newly-announced Fortnite pro-am tournament where Fortnite professionals and celebrity amateurs will be battling it out in duos matches for a $3M prize pool to benefit charity. Which, incidentally, is prize money that’s removed from the $100M esports fund.

fortnite pro-am tournament

The Fortnite Pro-Am will be held on Tuesday, June 12th at 3:30pm EST. 50 pros and 50 celebrities will form duo teams and will play against each other to win the prize for the charity of their choice.

Several of the duos were part of the initial announcement, which include Ninja and Marshmello, Pokimane and Desiigner, and Markiplier and Joel McHale among others. There will be additional duo teams announced for the event over the coming weeks.

The event will be broadcast live across a number of different platforms such as Twitch and YouTube, and viewers can also win themselves some swag in the process. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, you could receive an email link to purchase tickets to the event for $10. There will only be 3,000 tickets on offer, but emails to LA area players will be sent out in waves until all tickets are sold.

Our Thoughts

Now this sounds like a good time. However we may feel about battle royale games and their apparent proliferation, the idea of having a pro-am celebrity tournament that will benefit charity puts a smile on our subgenre-weary faces.

Source: official site

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