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Two charitable organizations, the AbleGamers Foundation and Gamers Outreach, are pooling their resources and programs to provide gaming to those with disabilities in hospitals. The unique care packages combine AbleGamers’ Expansion Packs with Gamers Outreach’s mobile kiosks. Each unit contains special gaming devices and equipment, such as modified controllers, which help make games more accessible. The first donation will arrive at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Gamers Outreach provides mobile gaming kiosks, called GO Karts, to bring gaming to anyone in a hospital. Units are all-in-one kiosks equipped with consoles, monitors, controllers, and sometimes even VR devices.
“In the hospital environment, we support a wide array of patients, including children who have limited mobility,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “There’s an obvious synergy between our programs and the work of AbleGamers. The Expansion Packs equipped to our GO Karts will provide healthcare professionals with a diverse entertainment toolkit. Ultimately, we believe these devices will help ensure the joy of gaming is experienced by all patients, regardless of their circumstances.”
AbleGamers provides custom gaming set-ups to those with disabilities, using everything from modified controllers to advanced eye-tracking technology and voice control.
“The work we do to support people with disabilities is bigger than us,” said Steven Spohn, AbleGamers COO. “There are roughly 33 million children, adults and veterans with disabilities in America alone. Gamers Outreach has been a friend and ally since the creation of both organizations. It’s a natural fit, now that we both have generous supporters who believe in helping those in need, to come together and help even more people. Together, we will ensure that children inside the hospital and at home can enjoy a distraction from the sometimes scary hospital environment.”
Both organizations are 501(c)(3) charities that operate entirely on generous donations. Their partnership will be celebrated during TwitchCon 2017, taking place this weekend, October 20-22. Streamers and fans can learn more about their works and are encouraged to donate.
This year, and July specifically, marks the 25th anniversary for Crystal Dynamics. Crystal Dynamics is best known for the venerable Tomb Raider franchise, which has collectively sold over 58 million copies. To celebrate, the developers have partnered with GameChanger to offer an exclusive 25th Anniversary game bundle.
“This is a momentous milestone for Crystal Dynamics, one we’re delighted to share with gamers everywhere by using this time to give back to charities that move and inspire us,” said Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “Our studio is full of passionate creatives who shaped Lara Croft and Tomb Raider into iconic franchises. Our developers constantly give of themselves, pouring their heart and their art into each game. Now we are giving back in another way through this GameChanger campaign.”
GameChanger gives money to children’s hospitals to support financial aid and video game gift packages. Like a Humble Bundle, the 25th Anniversary bundle features different tiers of games you can purchase depending on how much you wish to donate. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the GameChanger Charity.
“At Crystal Dynamics, we continually push ourselves to try and master the craft of storytelling through art, animation and innovation,” said Noah Hughes, Franchise Creative Director at Crystal Dynamics. “Our Crystal Dynamics 25th Anniversary game bundle provides an awesome sampling of that creativity. We’re confident that longtime fans as well as new players will jump at the opportunity to play all of this amazing history in a single download while contributing to children’s hospitals through our partnership with GameChanger.”
For a measly $1 you receive several older, non-Tomb Raider titles from Crystal Dynamics’ library:
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
- Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain
- Project Snowblind
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
Bump your pay up to $15 and you’ll receive several new and old Tomb Raider titles:
- Tomb Raider (2013)
- Tomb Raider: Underworld
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary
- Tomb Raider: Legend
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
For $25 you receive all 12 games in the bundle. If you want to go above and beyond, $50 will also get you a GameChanger Charity swag pack. All game purchases are in the form of digital PC Steam keys. The goal is to raise $40,000 by the end of July.
Since it launched in Early Access in March, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS has remained one of the top-selling games on Steam. The online Battle Royale survival-shooter has officially crossed the two million mark. To celebrate, Bluehole Inc. will host a competitive livestream to raise money for the Gamers Outreach charity. Bluehole will match donations up to $100,000.
“One of the main reasons we were able to hit this sales milestone is that we have a dedicated community who has helped us refine PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS,” said Gang-Seok Kim, CEO of Bluehole, Inc. “We felt this invitational was a great way to give back and are pleased to make this small contribution to the cause. We are glad to support Gamers Outreach in their mission to provide recreation to hospitalized children and help their families cope with long-term treatment.”
The Charity Invitational 2017 livestream is scheduled for Thursday, May 4 from 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern to 5 pm Pacific/ 8 pm Eastern. The series of competitions will feature 64 European players and 64 North American players.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to work with PLAYERUNKOWN and the entire BATTLEGROUNDS community on this incredible fundraiser,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “On behalf of our whole team, we’d like to extend our thanks to everyone involved with this effort. Whether you’re a streamer, donor, or helping to spread the world – your support is truly appreciated!”
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is described as an open-world strategic PVP shooter. Up to 64 players are dropped onto a large island with no equipment and only one life. From there they must scavenge weapons and kill anyone they come across, until they’re the last person standing. Thus far it’s received frequent updates and patches from the developers, and it’s a particularly popular game for streamers.
The charity livestream runs Thursday, May 4 beginning at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on Twitch.
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