Games industry raised over $5.5m for Australian bushfire relief

first_imgGames industry raised over $5.5m for Australian bushfire reliefHumble Bundle, Call of Duty DLC and Bungie T-shirts lead fundraising effortsJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 12th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe global video games industry has raised more than $4.5 million for charities and emergency services dealing with the effects of the Australia bushfires.At the start of the year, numerous publishers and developers announced a variety donations and fundraisers after bushfires ravaged the continent.According to GamesIndustry.biz calculations, the total raised is more than $4.52 million across 12 initiatives.The biggest earners were the $25 Humble Bundle, which raised $2.4 million, and the Call of Duty Outback Relief DLC, which generated $1.6 million.The largest single donation came from Sony Foundation Australia, which pledged $132,518 (AU$200,000). The company raised an additional $12,651 with its livestreaming event, plus over $5,000 from staff donations.There were also donations from Digital Extremes, Wargaming and Ubisoft Australia, fundraisers from Eve Online, Avakin Life, and Pearl Abyss, plus a joint venture between Bethesda and 2K Games. The GameDevForFiries auction, run by local developers, raised $13,255.Finally, US based indie publisher Crytivo promised to donate two months’ revenues towards relief efforts. The firm has told GamesIndustry.biz this generated around $20,000.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Totals are still being calculated for Kojima Productions and Bungie’s respective T-shirt sales.Update, March 20, 2020: Bungie has since revealed it has sold more than 75,000 T-shirts, raising over $1 million.This brings the industry’s total to over $5.5 million. We have amended the headline to reflect this.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 5 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more