Over the holiday season, several game developers participated in a holiday armistice event to raise money for and bring awareness to the charity War Child. Positech Games, Wargaming.net, iNK Stories and BlackMill Games & M2H contributed to the event by developing peaceful playthrough options, downloadable content or donating a portion of their sales to War Child. The four studios raised a total of $122,000 with the help of their gaming communities to help children affected by violent conflict around the world.
Wayne Emanuel, Gaming Development Manager War Child appreciates the support received from developers and gamers saying,
At War Child we’re really overwhelmed by the generosity of the studios that took part. We’d also like to thank all the players who downloaded content or showed their support. War Child relies on support of partners like those who took part in Armistice to be able to provide our crucial work. We are already excited about the next Armistice where we hope we can build on this year’s fantastic efforts and raise even more!
Wargaming.net created ten special peace emblems for the armistice that were sold in packs of three or ten in the EU PC version of World of Tanks.The company also made a ‘For the Children’ bundle of World of Tanks for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation so that console gamers could contribute to the charity too. Altogether Wargaming.net raised more than $84,798.4 for War Child.
Wargaming.net’s Head of Military Relations Richard Cutland commented,
As a retired soldier I have witnessed first‐hand the remarkable and invaluable work that War Child do in areas affected by conflict. I am extremely proud of both Wargaming and our fabulous community for supporting this incredible and invaluable charity.
BlackMill Games & M2H created a seasonal event in the World War One shooter Verdun that recreated the legendary ‘Christmas Truce’. The temporary DLC allowed players to participate in special non-violent activities including snowball fights, football matches, singing Christmas carols and sending Christmas cards. Players were also given a special medal called ‘War Child Armistice’ to commemorate their participation in the event which raised a total of $21,299.77 thanks to their contributions.
CO‐Founder of M2H Matt Hergaarden, said this in response to the fundraisers results,
We’re thrilled by the response to our Christmas Truce, and honored to be part of the War Child Armistice campaign. Over 60,000 players took a break from fighting to play football, throw snowballs, and send out 10,465 postcards. On top of all this, we saw 5,541 donations from our community ‐ amazing!
Positech Games raised $15,166.92 for War Child by donating the money made from Democracy 3 during the event. iNK Stories donated the earnings of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday over a set time period which raised $1275.73. Xsplit Twitch streamers and Strexm also contributed to the fundraiser.
Peter Slater, EU Community manager for XSplit commented,
In collaboration with our community and stream team members, we set the challenge of live streaming pacifist playthroughs of popular games over seven days, to spread the word and share the message of War Child. Our fantastic community responded with funny and entertaining live streams across Twitch, and helped us raise over £2,000 in donations. We’re happy to support War Child and thank all who participated.
War Child will use the funds raised during the winter armistice to provide education, protection, and livelihoods for children living in areas affected by war. The organization is hoping to continue their partnerships with developers and gamers by making this an annual event that will raise awareness and funds for their cause.