Train2Game News Pawsome Players Helps Cats In Care

Cats Protection has launched Pawsome Players to help gamers to raise funds for unwanted and abandoned cats in the charity’s care.

Players who sign up can get ideas of online activities to support the cat charity – such as streaming marathons or gaming tournaments – and source logos, social media images and other materials to promote themselves as a Pawsome Player.

“Whether it’s a solo Fortnite stream or a Super Smash Bros tournament, we can help you make the most of it, says Donna Forster, the charity’s Digital Marketing Officer.

“A survey among gamers shows that 58% are interested in donating money to charity and 67% would join other gamers to raise funds for charity. As cats are one of the nation’s most favourite pets, gamers could attract a substantial following by raising money for us.

“Funds help Cats Protection to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for thousands of unwanted and abandoned cats while they await new homes so gamers have the confidence of supporting a very worthy cause.”

For more details and a fundraising pack, please visit https://www.cats.org.uk/get-involved/support-us/pawsome-players

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and helps over 200,000 cats through a national network of 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 adoption centres.

The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

Train2Game News Green Man Gaming raises money for GamesAid

Green Man Gaming yesterday presented GamesAid, a UK based video games charity, with a cheque for £30,163.33 at the London Games Festival at London’s iconic Somerset House.

The funds were raised by Green Man Gaming customers who purchased the GamesAid 50 bundle, which was created in partnership with GamesAid and sponsored by 18 leading game publishers to raise money for the industry charity. Released in August 2018, 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale of all 50 games in the GamesAid bundle were donated to GamesAid thanks to the support from game publishers and customers.

Customers that purchased the GamesAid 50 Game bundle received fifty PC games from hit indie titles such as Human Fall Flat and The Flame of the Flood to must-have big games including Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, Batman Arkham Knight and Mount and Blade. Gamers saved over £500 (RRP) through this bundle.

The game publishers sponsoring the GamesAid 50 game bundle include Konami, Fatshark, New World Interactive, Rebellion, Green Man Gaming Publishing, Headup Games, Tripwire, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TaleWorlds Entertainment, Team 17, 11 bit studios, Curve Digital, 505 Games, Bethesda Softworks, Codemasters, Paradox Interactive, Double Eleven and Aspyr.

“We’re so delighted to have presented a cheque for such a large amount to GamesAid during the London Games Festival this week. We’d like to thank all of the publishers that partnered with us for this bundle, and to our customers purchased the charity bundle that helped raised a fantastic amount for such a good cause. This charity bundle was our first collaboration with GamesAid with more to come in the near future so watch this space,” says Paul Sulyok, CEO and Founder of Green Man Gaming.

GamesAid is a UK based charity made up of games professionals who raise money to support a number of small UK charities, helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people.

Train2Game News Armistice raises HUGE money for war suffering children

The unique Armistice gaming fundraiser from War Child UK and its US partner Children in Conflict raised $380,000 in 2018 to support children whose lives have been torn apart by war, taking the total raised by Armistice since its inception in 2016 to $759,695.

In 2018 the charities for children affected by war worked with 20 heavyweight studios, in the month of November, giving the gaming community a chance to participate in peaceful gameplay through exclusive content, a Steam, Amazon App Store & Google Play sale and live streams to inspire the gaming community to raise vital funds.

Armistice serves to raise awareness of the realities of conflict for children around the world today by creating a conversation about the effects on war at the point of maximum contrast in conflict themed games. Highlights from this year included themed DLC content for World War I title, 11-11: Memories Retold through a series of letters, drawings, and photographs found throughout the narrative adventure inspired by real-life stories from the children supported by War Child, as well as a Peace Stand in Prison Architect, and for the first time a Virtual Reality collaboration with Dick Wilde.

Lionel Lovisa, Producer for 11-11: Memories Retold at Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe said “With 11-11: Memories Retold we wanted to make a game that goes beyond traditional entertainment. With that in mind, working together with War Child UK made a lot of sense.

Bringing more fun to everyone is the mission of Bandai Namco Entertainment but we know that “fun” can be a privilege that many can’t afford. We hope the 11-11: Memories Retold charity DLC will help War Child accomplish more today while it also reminds everyone about the human realities of drowning into conflict. For a better tomorrow, we need to remember the lessons of the past.”

Artiom Muraska, Regional Publishing Director, WoT Europe, which has supported Armistice from the beginning, commented; “We were thrilled and honored for the third consecutive year to once again be part of the Armistice Campaign supporting the incredible and invaluable work that War Child UK do. The response from our amazing World Of Tanks players was overwhelming and a resounding success beating all previous years.

So, from us all at Wargaming, we would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our dedicated players for their participation and generosity without whom none of this would be possible.”

War Child has innovative fundraising partnerships across the PC, console and mobile industries, as well as through streaming and support from the gaming community and to date have brought in a massive $4.3million in fundraising through gaming. The money raised goes towards funding War Child programmes; from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan.

Wayne Emanuel, Head of Gaming Partnerships, War Child UK, “The gaming sector deserves huge recognition for the backing it has given and the funds it has raised so far on our journey. We intend to continue growing Armistice and working with as many conflict-themed games as possible to raise awareness and support children who have felt the effects of war. With such engagement and a strong sense of community from gamers and willingness to support from developers, publishers, and platforms, there is an enormous opportunity to make gaming a platform for positive change.”

As the global gaming industry goes from strength to strength, War Child hopes to find more innovative and creative ways to create change with support from the industry and community which has already helped children across the world.

In 2019 War Child’s work with gaming will continue with RE-PLAY in April, taking players back to their childhood favorites with downloadable retro-themed games and events all to raise money and awareness for children affected by conflict.

You can view the UK thank you video below

Train2Game News Gaming Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research

Adrian Cremin, 27, a library support desk worker at the University of Kent, will be organising, hosting and taking part in a 36-hour gaming marathon, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK on 23 March.

Adrian and his friends in the gaming community are taking on the challenge after he lost his much-loved grandma, Barbara, to Alzheimer’s disease five years ago. Barbara helped raise Adrian when he was a child, and he was deeply affected by her illness and loss. Throughout that difficult time, he says that online gaming, and the community that he found there, helped him cope with the distress.

This will be the second gaming marathon that he has organised for Alzheimer’s Research UK, and the longest.

He says: “I’m doing something that I love to raise money for the cause that’s closest to my heart. I can’t think of a better way to do it.”

The marathon will be live-streamed on his Twitch channel, and people can donate via Adrian’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/havocs24h.

Adrian has also been chosen as a case study for gaming fundraisers by JustGiving, who have just launched a Gaming for Social Good hub: https://gaming.justgiving.com/. His case study page is here: https://gaming.justgiving.com/ARUK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, with a mission to find the first life-changing treatment or cure by 2025.

See www.alzheimersresearchuk.org for more information.

Train2Game News GameBlast19 SMASHES £100,000

People who took part in SpecialEffects GameBlast19 smashed the target of £100,000!

SpecialEffects CEO, Dr Mick Donegan recorded this video to show his appreciation

GameBlast took place over the weekend and saw participants raising money streaming their gaming marathons.

Since 2014 it’s raised over £680,000 and this year adds over £100,000 to that total.

All the money raised goes to support the SpecialEffect charity who work to help disabled gamers play their favourite games.

A representative of SpecialEffect said “You wouldn’t believe just how awestruck we are and grateful to everyone who’s given up their valuable time, energy, sleep and money towards this years’ event.

To watch hundreds of gamers cheerfully committing themselves to crazy hours of game time and taking on ludicrous forfeits, all in the name of helping disabled gamers to have a chance to shine has been both humbling and uplifting for the whole team here.”

If you would still like to donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/gameblast19

Train2Game News SpecialEffect GameBlast This Weekend

GAME is excited to announce that for the fifth year running they will be hosting their annual gaming marathon in support of SpecialEffect over the weekend of 22-24 February.

GameBlast is the UK’s longest-running charity gaming event, with hundreds of individual gamers, community groups and companies raising over £680,000 since 2014.

With GAME’s purpose to fuel the passion for gaming, SpecialEffect’s fantastic work is very close to company’s heart and the team believe that Gameblast is the perfect way to change the lives of disabled gamers.

Visit GAME’s Gameblast19 website www.gameblast.game.co.uk to see what the company have planned, including a detailed stream schedule and what’s going on in GAME stores and BELONG arenas around the country.

Presented by @bex_bomb from GAME’s Aberdeen store, the team will be live streaming from 10am on Saturday 23rd February, running through until 10am Sunday morning.

Here are just a few things taking place:

• Gameplay with hot new titles such as Trials Rising, GRIP, Anthem and Apex Legends
• GAME will be linking directly with SEGA’s Gameblast stream to play Sonic Allstars Racing Transformed
• There will be a speed run of Celeste & an Uno ‘Room of Doom’
• Various unique and exciting items will be part of GAME’s ebay auction, including a giant Vault Boy statue www.ebay.co.uk/itm/292970674384
• …and of course, a few challenges and forfeits as always!

Following its success last year, there will be the option in store for customers to donate their trade-in to charity, so why not pop in to see what’s going on and pick up a pin badge!

Train2Game News Box Joining GameBlast19

Committed video gamers from Birmingham technology giant Box are gearing up to burn the midnight gaming oil to raise money for people with disabilities.

Around 20 staff at the Minworth-based business will be playing video games continuously for 24 hours as part of GameBlast19, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend.

This will be the fourth year Box has taken part in the event, having previously raised more than £2,000 for the charity SpecialEffect, which uses technology to help people with disabilities enjoy video games.

Box is asking people to help them reach their £1,000 target by donating money via www.justgiving.com/boxgameblast19

The game-a-thon takes place February 23-24.

Rodney Critchlow, store manager at Box, said: “We’re really excited to be taking part in GameBlast19. A lot of us are keen gamers, but playing for 24 hours is still a big challenge.

“We’ll have a schedule of games to play throughout the event, and people will be able to watch via our Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/boxuk

“SpecialEffect is a fantastic charity which uses things like modified joypads and eye-control technology to enable disabled people to play games. It means they don’t have to just sit there and watch their friend or sibling having fun.

“We’re hoping to raise at least £1,000.”

Box.co.uk sells an extensive range of technology and computing products through its specialist website and retail shop, including laptops, desktop PCs, phones and tablets, components, monitors and printers.

The business was founded by Mark Jordan in 1996 and today is the UK’s leading technology e-commerce business, employing over 100 people and turning over £42 million.

Train2Game News Help Fundraising

War Child UK today launched its latest instalment of the legendary Help fundraising campaign, developed alongside its US fundraising partner Children in Conflict.

Available to download now on Android via Google Play and Amazon Appstore, HELP features five brand new games available in one app, published by PlayStack, with all proceeds going to support War Child UK’s projects around the world.

Berlin-based Wooga, creators of hit story-driven casual mobile titles like June’s Journey and Tropicats, has brought to the table the chaotic ‘Rupert, Sell ‘em Don’t Break ‘em’, in which players take control of a clumsy elephant doing his best not to smash up his own work place – an antique store filled with delicate china goods.

A stalwart of War Child’s gaming activity, Football Manager creator Sports Interactive returns this year with new title ‘Tickets Please’, letting players take up the mantle of a train conductor that must check passengers’ tickets for validity while under the pressure of time and progressively grumpier commuters.

Mobile gaming giant Gameloft, maker of the enormously popular Asphalt series, has created ‘Fifty Buddies’. Players take charge of the fate of fifty jelly babies racing around a track, desperately dodging wrecking balls and avoiding traps.

Finally, Featherweight Games introduces ‘Mediocre Housekeeping’, which is the most fun a gamer will ever have putting their laundry away.

“The mobile games industry offers a great opportunity to engage and entertain millions across the globe,” said Adam Holmes, Gaming Partnerships, at War Child UK. “It’s been amazing to see the industry rally behind HELP, and we’re blown away by the games that have been created in just six days. Our partners in this represent the best in mobile gaming talent and we’re hugely grateful for their support.”

HELP on Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore will cost £2.99 – the price of a coffee – and 100% of net proceeds will go to War Child.

“HELP demonstrates what can be achieved through the combined endeavours of five great studios – and it shows the appetite in the industry to give back,” said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. “For a small donation, less than a price of a pint, these awesome games will be yours and the life of an innocent child who has been affected by war will be transformed for the better, as will your soul.”

“It’s inspiring to see so many profoundly creative people work together for such a worthy cause,” said Harvey Elliott, Chief Executive at publisher PlayStack. “We’re deeply honoured to be involved and support through publishing the release in the app stores.”

HELP has had industry support from more than just developers too – partners goGame, Unity, Adjust, The ASO Co, SEGA Forever, TapJoy, Venatus Media, Vungle and Silver Linings QA have all been part of bringing the project to life and helping create the most enjoyable method of donating to a good cause in years.

For more information visit: http://helpmobilegame.com/

To download from Google Play visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playstack.helpthegame&hl=en_GB

To download via Amazon Appstore visit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/HELP-Puzzle-Games-Support-Child/dp/B07KP93YTX

Train2Game News SpecialEffect ask for #GiveWithXbox support

What does Gaming Together mean to you?

SpecialEffect are asking gamers to join Xbox’s #GiveWithXbox campaign by posting their answers, along with an image and the hashtag #GiveWithXbox, to raise vital funds for four gaming-related charities.

For every qualifying post on Twitter, FaceBook and Instagram, Xbox will donate $5, up to a maximum of $1M, to be split among SpecialEffect, Child’s Play, Gamers Outreach and Operation Supply Drop. Xbox will also donate $5 for every retweet of their campaign tweets about the charity partners.

The campaign will run to 9 December 2018.

Gail, the mother of Finlay, one of SpecialEffect’s beneficiaries, said “#GiveWithXbox is such an easy way for gamers to help bring the joy of gaming to everyone and I’d encourage anyone to donate a few seconds to take part.”

“We never thought Finlay was going to have the opportunity to play video games like FIFA with his brother but now, thanks to SpecialEffect, it’s amazing to see the boys gaming together. The fights are even more phenomenal, but that’s just brothers for you! Please do support SpecialEffect by sharing a photo of what gaming means to you.”

Alan Hartman, Studio Head of the Forza Franchise and SpecialEffect VP, said, “As a very proud SpecialEffect Vice President I’m delighted they are part of the #GiveWithXbox campaign and having hosted Dr Mick at Turn 10 and seen more of their latest work I know this campaign and any support for the charity will help them make a big difference to the disabled gamers they help across the globe.”

The #GiveWithXbox Campaign was launched as part of the Inside Xbox broadcast from X018 on 10 November.

Find out more at https://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/give-with-xbox

Train2Game News War Child UK Charity Drive

As the 100th anniversary of the day the guns fell silent approaches, War Child UK calls on people across the world to join them in helping children caught in conflict by supporting the launch of its own Armistice across games on all platforms.

Starting today a Steam sale of epic proportions will be taking place. The Steam Armistice Sale includes The Room, ABZÛ, Scanner Sombre, Democracy 3, RiME, Prison Architect, The Talos Principle, Broken Sword 5, Dick Wilde, Mini Metro and Machinarium. A percentage of developer proceeds from each of the sales will go straight to War Child UK’s work supporting young people and children in conflict zones around the world. For the full list of titles on sale, visit https://store.steampowered.com/sale/armistice-sale/

Watch the Armistice gameplay trailer here: https://youtu.be/RaKeHX0_ED4

Gamers can also get their hands-on brand new, limited content for their favourite games, including Prison Architects and a special Cupid’s Bow in Dick Wilde. World of Tanks (PC) will have Armistice-themed emblems and skins on offer and all players (old & new) can join a commemorative laying down of arms on Sunday 11th November between 11:11 AM CET and 11:30 AM CET and then enjoy access to a day of premium content using the code ‘’111111”.

11-11: Memories Retold, the highly anticipated title from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, Aardman Animations and Digixart, will have a specially-created downloadable content available at launch on November 9th, costing £2.99 and with all profits going to support War Child UK’s activities. The world of mobile gaming is also rallying to support Armistice, with amazing fundraising activations available across games like Lords Mobile, War Wings, March of Empires and Shadowgun Legends.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s support from some of most talented people & studios in the sector.” said Wayne Emanuel, Gaming Partnerships Manager of War Child UK. “Each year we aim to go bigger and we’re hoping that this will be our biggest year yet with a truly diverse range of games supporting Armistice including; the separate story featuring Carey Mulligan in War Child DLC in 11-11: Memories Retold, Dick Wilde joining as our first ever Steam VR title with the addition of ‘Cupid’s Bow’ and The Respawnables bringing back their healer item’.

Carey Mulligan, War Child UK global ambassador, said “War Child’s Armistice is a unique and exciting initiative. Peace is denied to too many children around the world, but millions of gamers can help some of the world’s most vulnerable children affected by war by playing games as part of War Child’s Armistice. It’s such an innovative way to fundraise and very simple too – just buying and playing a game you love can help provide crucial support for innocent victims of war.”

Armistice is a wide-ranging fundraising initiative created by War Child UK and its US partner Children in Conflict that aims to encourage peaceful gameplay in the month of November, to coincide with Armistice Day on 11th November.

For the first time, gamers who use live streaming platforms such as Twitch will be able to run their own charity streaming events in support of War Child. Through JustGiving, it’s never been easier for gamers and their audience to safely and securely give to charity online. Using JustGiving LiveStreaming, gamers can now integrate their Twitch stream with their JustGiving fundraising page to enable donation alerts and create progress bar overlays. To register your own charity stream for Armistice, visit the campaign website – https://armistice-uk.blackbaud-sites.com/

The list of games that have added in-game content in support War Child’s Armistice project:

  • 11-11: Memories Retold (Bandai-Namco Entertainment Europe)
  • Dick Wilde (PlayStack)
  • Guns of Boom (Game Insight)
  • Imperia Online (Imperia Online)
  • Lords Mobile (IGG)
  • March of Empires (Gameloft)
  • Prison Architect (Introversion Software)
  • Respawnables (Digital Legends)
  • Shadowgun Legends (Madfinger Games)
  • Snipers vs. Thieves (PlayStack)
  • War Planet Online (Gameloft)
  • War Wings (Tencent/ MiniClip)
  • World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)

Games available in the Armistice Steam sale:

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/sale/armistice-sale/

  • ABZU (505 Games)
  • Broken Sword 5 (Revolution Games)
  • Democracy 3 (Positech)
  • Dick Wilde (PlayStack)
  • Machinarium (Amanita Design)
  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Prison Architect (Introversion Software)
  • RiME (6 Foot Europe)
  • Scanner Sombre (Introversion Software)
  • The Room (Fireproof Games)
  • The Talos Principle (Devolver Digital)

For more information about War Child’s Armistice and the gaming studios that are participating, visit www.warchildarmistice.org or follow @WarChild_Gaming on Twitter.