Two large charity gaming groups have raised over $12 million for Ukraine | Technology
Over $12 million has been raised for Ukraine by two huge charity gaming organizations
Itch.io has raised more than 6 million through a recently completed package for the Ukrainian Charity Program. Meanwhile, the massive Humble Bundle and comics collection has raised more than $6 million and still has six days to go. This is a huge amount of money, all of which will be used to help the victims of the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The first live package was created by Brandon Sheffield, Director of Necrosoft Games. The bundle, which became available on Itch.io on March 7, collected around 1,000 games into one massive package. People can get all of these games for 10 (about $6,500). This is a very good deal, and for good reason, because all the money raised through the package for Ukraine goes to support two groups: International Medical Corps and Children's Voice.
Initially, the package's goal was a relatively small 100,000. That goal quickly collapsed, and after just 24 hours, the standalone package had raised more than $1.5 million. Yesterday it finished with a total of 6,370,557.
Meanwhile, another modest package has been organized and issued to help provide much-needed assistance to Ukraine during the ongoing and deadly attacks. Like Itch Bundle, it includes a large number of games (about 100) with titles such as Back4Blood, Fable, Metro Exodus, Quantum Break, PGA Tour 2K21, Carbal Space Program, and Amnesia.
As of this writing, this package has crossed 6 million. Given the variety of games on offer and the entire game is only $40, I doubt this bundle will raise more than $6 million by the end of the week.
Combine the two and your charitable donations will exceed $12 million! (As I mentioned, the modest package will likely increase that number in the coming weeks.)
Russia's ongoing illegal aggression in Ukraine has killed thousands of people, many of whom fled the country after their homes and cities were bombed with missiles. As a result, several countries, including the United States, put pressure on Russia and Putin through economic sanctions. Many private companies are also fleeing Russia as attacks continue.
These huge and discounted charity packages are quickly becoming a popular way for people to meet and help others on a large scale. In 2020, a similar large game bundle was available online as part of Eich's Racial Justice and Equality Bundle. The charity fundraiser has recently raised an impressive $8,149,814 for two organizations: the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Community Sponsorship Fund.
Source: Zack Zwiezen, Kotaku, Direct News 99, Googly Market