HELP is a musical compilation of top artists that was recorded for War Child, a global agency founded to help children in the Balkans. The agency has continued its work around the globe wherever children are affected by war. Now, game developers are uniting to create their own HELP for the agency.

The gaming version is called HELP: Real War is Not a Game. It will be a game jam of top gaming companies, including 343 Industries, Carbon Games, Creative Assembly and Curve Digital. Unreal and Unity are also providing their tools to help in the development of the games at no cost and for no royalties.

Unlike a traditional game jam, which usually involves creating a game in a day or less at a specific location, the HELP game jam will give the companies the chance to make games at their own studios and allow them six days to deliver their game.

“We’re incredibly excited about the launch of HELP: Real War is Not a Game,” said Rob Williams, Chief Executive Officer of War Child UK in an official release. “It’s been amazing to be part of this initiative which is set to raise vital funds for children whose lives have been torn apart by war. In the 20 years since the music industry came together to create the HELP album, we’ve seen new records for the numbers of children affected by conflict. Today, the gaming industry is changing the game, with exactly the kind of creative and collective response required to help War Child change more lives.”

A collection of the games will be available via Steam in spring of 2016.

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