If you’re into video games and want to support gaming charities, you might want to play some games this weekend. One Gamer Fund is organizing an event to raise money for a host of charities, including AbleGamers, Child’s Play, Games for Change, Global Game Jam, IGDA Foundation, Stack-Up, and Take This.There are several ways to participate.
The easiest way is probably to buy a game or bundle published by Good Shepherd Entertainment on Steam. More than 40 titles are featured on the Steam sale, including Goat Simulator, Never Alone, Fantastic Contraption, MageQuit, Titan Souls, and Hello Neighbor.
Or you can tune into Twitch and find the streamers who are raising money for One Gamer Fund. They’ll be featured on the front page all weekend. If you’re a Twitch streamer yourself, you can use Tiltify to collect donations.
“Gamers are among the most generous humans on earth, raising millions of dollars a year for charity,” said Russ Pitts, co-founder and president of Take This. “One Gamer Fund is a logical and long-overdue next step in harnessing the bottomless heart of the gamer community. Seven charities combined into a Voltron of altruism. And we’re honored to be a part.” Take This educates and advocates for game developers and gamers about mental health issues.
The other charities benefiting this weekend also have important missions. Able Gamers “works to improve accessibility in video games so that everyone can have a great gaming experience.” Child’s Play provides games to hospitals and domestic violence shelters. Games for Change promotes social change through games. The Global Game Jam encourages game development. The IGDA Foundation “works to support diversity and inclusivity in game development through its scholarships and other programs.” And Stack-Up brings veterans to gaming events and provides video games to servicemen.