Fall Guys Costume Design Contest Raises $1 Million for Charity

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Fall Guys developer Mediatonic and publisher Devolver hosted an online auction where the winning bid could add their own costume into the game. A huge bidding war began in the last minute between eSports teams and celebrity streamers, including a combined $1 million bid by Beast, Ninja, G2 Esports and Aimlab. The money raised is going directly to charity SpecialEffect.

SpecialEffect uses technology to bring gaming to those with physical disabilities. The organization uses specially modified controllers such as EyeMine, which allows users to play Minecraft with eye-control.

“We’re blown away,” said Dr Mick Donegan, Founder and CEO of SpecialEffect. “A huge thank you to MrBeastYT, Ninja, G2esports and Aimlab for their amazing generosity, and to Mediatonic and Devolver Digital for this unique initiative. When the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions hit earlier this year, the charity was facing a significant reduction in funding income due, in part, to many of its key fundraising events being cancelled or postponed. As a charity that doesn’t charge for its services, this donation will be invaluable in helping to make up for that shortfall. It will enable us to continue an uninterrupted service for the many people with severe physical disabilities and developers around the world who are asking for our help in ever greater numbers year on year. What’s more, the demands on our services are rising even more rapidly as a result of the auction itself. Bring it on!”

The winners of the auction will be organizing a livestream event in the future. Fall Guys is available on PC and PlayStation 4, and rated E for Everyone.

Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Kicks off this Weekend

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Sunday, August 16 kicks off the start of Summer Games Done Quick, the second annual livestreaming charity event from Games Done Quick. Due to the global pandemic, the event will take place entirely online for the first time, and run through August 23.

Summer Games Done Quick will feature nonstop livestreaming from expert speedrunners across the world for seven days, while raising money for charity.

The charity for SGDQ 2020 Online is Doctors Without Borders, a non-profit that delivers medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world.

Donations can be made through the main website with one hundred percent going to Doctors Without Borders. Games Done Quick is the largest fundraising event for the charity. Over the last ten years, GDQ has raised over 26 million dollars for charities like Doctors Without Borders, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and AbleGamers.

The SGDQ 2020 Online schedule is available here. The event begins Sunday at 8:30 am Pacific/11:30 am Eastern. The first day’s speedruns include Streets of Rage 4, Shovel Knight, Super Mario Odyssey, and Dark Souls.

Humble Fight for Racial Justice Bundle Includes Over 50 Games and eBooks

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The game industry has responded with dozens of messages of support and cries for equality following the now global Black Lives Matter protests over racial justice.

This week Humble is offering a Fight for Racial Justice bundle, including over 50 games and ebooks worth over $1,200, for $30.

The bundle features an incredible collection of games spread across every genre, including BioShock Remastered, Neo Cab, This War of Mine, FTL, Spelunky, Kerbal Space Program, Hyper Light Drifter, Jackbox Party Pack 4, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and NBA 2K20.

Purchasing the games provides a Steam key on PC. A few of the games are also available in DRM-free versions. Comics are available in CBZ, PDF, and ePub file formats, while books are in PDF, MOBI and ePub, and work on PC, e-readers, tablets, and phones.

The included digital comics and ebooks focus on products by black creators and on promoting racial equality, such as Twelve Years a Slave, Decolonizing Wealth, and Baclk women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids. Also, somewhat randomly, the Starfinder tabletop RPG Core Rulebook.

Similar to Humble’s COVID-19 bundle, every game and ebook is featured in a single tier at $30, though you can choose to pay more. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to the following charities: the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Race Forward, and The Bail Project.

The Humble Fight for Racial Justice Bundle ends June 22.

Cards for Humanity Is a Charity Tournament Featuring Four CCGs

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Esports and event organizer 983 Media is hosting a fundraising tournament to support those affected by the global pandemic of COVID-19. Cards for Humanity will include not one but four different collectible card game (CCG) tournaments, featuring Magic: The Gathering, Gwent, Mythgard, and Legends of Runeterra.

The publishers of each game is supporting the charity tournament with rewards and goodies for winners, participants, and viewers.

The top eight players for each of the four Swiss round events will have their matches aired on 983 Media’s Twitch channel beginning on Saturday, April 18. The massive weekend-long stream is expected to last 16 hours.

During the weekend stream, viewers will be encouraged to donate to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The fundraising goal is set at $1000.

To broadcast Cards for Humanity, 983 Media is bringing in some big names from the CCG community. Merchant and AliasV will cast the Magic: the Gathering tournament. WatchFlake and McBeard will be hosting the Gwent event, Wholesome and WhatsUpWoody with Mythgard, and Charm3R and Lazergician for Legends of Runeterra.

Registration for the tournament is open now. More information can be found on the organizer’s official Discord page. The charity tournament begins April 11, with the final broadcast the weekend of April 18 -19.

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Conquer COVID-19 Charity Humble Bundle Includes Over 40 Games

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Digital game store and publisher Humble has been providing charity-supported indie bundles for the last decade. You better believe they’ve whipped up an impressive Humble Bundle for the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Conquer COVID-19 Bundle is available for one week only, featuring over 40 games and 20 ebooks. The sum total lands just over $1000, but you can get the entire bundle for $30. Best of all, 100% of the sales go to the following charities: Direct Relief, International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners In Health.

Each charity is directly responding to the pandemic and providing relief efforts, such as delivering personal protective gear to healthcare workers.

Here are the total list of games included in the bundle:

  • Into The Breach
  • Undertale
  • Hollow Knight
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • The Witness
  • Superhot
  • Tilt Brush
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
  • Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • This is the Police
  • Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons
  • Party Hard
  • Worms Revolution
  • Europa Universalis 4
  • Tropico 4
  • GNOG
  • Broken Age
  • Brutal Legend
  • Psychonauts
  • Broken Age (+ the Double Fine Adventure documentary)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
  • Pikuniku
  • World of Goo
  • Super Hexagon
  • VVVVVV
  • Hacknet
  • A Mortician’s Tale
  • A Godo Snowman Is Hard to Build
  • Magicka
  • Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Ducati – 90th Anniversary
  • Speed Brawl
  • Hiveswap: act 1
  • Alien Spidy
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
  • LostWinds
  • Zombotron

All game codes are for PC and redeemed via Steam. The bundle also includes a number of digital books, audio books, and graphic novels, including Saga and Red Sonja.

Unlike previous bundles, the Conquer COVID-19 bundle doesn’t include different price tiers. However, consumers are free to pay more than the $30 minimum if they wish to donate more to charity.

After only a single day, the bundle has already raised over $1 million dollars for charity. The Conquer COVID-19 Bundle ends April 7.

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Games Done Quick to Host Corona Relief Done Quick Charity Streaming Event

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Popular gaming charity organizer Games Done Quick will be hosting a special online-only speedrunning event to help provide relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Corona Relief Done Quick (CRDQ) will stream via the official Games Done Quick Twitch channel during the weekend of April 17-19.

The game list and scheduel wil be released on April 13. Submissions are open now through April 2.

One hundred percent of the donations made during the CRDQ will go to Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization that helps people affected by poverty or emergencies. Their coronavirus responses include delivering personal protective equipment and other medical items to health workers.

Now the bad news. Due to the pandemic, Games Done Quick is postponing its next scheduled speedrunning event, Summer Games Done Quick. It was originally scheduled in June, but now SGDQ 2020 will take place August 16-23 in Bloomington, MN. The associated charity will be Doctors Without Borders.

Interested parties can register beginning June 7. Registration closes July 20. Previous game submissions will be wiped on April 26, and submissions will re-open April 29 – May 9. Volunteer applications will also be removed, and can be resubmitted beginning April 29.

Games Done Quick, like every company and organization, is monitoring the outbreak and watching updates from the World Health Organization and local governments to determine if another reschedule will be necessary.