Train2Game News Third Game2Give Most Successful Campaign To Date

Hundreds of gamers and thousands of donors worldwide participated in this year’s event, raising an astounding $2M.

Proceeds raised will support Bungie Foundation’s iPads for Kids program as well as Humanitarian Aid and Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity initiatives.

One such humanitarian aid effort has been in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. As a result, an incredible $120,000 from the proceeds raised from Game2Give will be divided equally to benefit the non-profits Direct Relief and International Rescue Committee. These humanitarian aid organizations provide life-saving support to communities impacted by the conflict in Ukraine, including over 164 tons of medical aid and refugee assistance.

Game2Give is a forward-thinking fundraising event that unites top gaming, content creators, streamers, and corporations with a passion for the digital space to create positive change and raise significant funds to make this world a better place for all.

“We’re grateful to the entire gaming community for rising to this momentous occasion, both those who fundraised and who supported their favorite streamers through their donations. Our highest individual fundraiser, Trials Report, raised a whopping $78,133, and our highest fundraising team, Garrison Community, raised an impressive $21,350. The event also received support from an impressive list of content creators, including Tamsin WoodT1Riot,  and Leopard.” A representative said.

What’s next for Bungie Foundation?

Stay tuned for details on Bungie Day in July 2022 and the fourth annual Game2Give in November 2022. And check back regularly to their social channels for impact reports on how these incredible funds will be put to work.

Game2Give is a testament to how technology can bring us together and connect us to those we could not otherwise reach. Organizers invite anyone interested in creating change to take part and make a significant change.

Check them out at the following links:

www.game2give21.com   
twitter.com/bungielove
instagram.com/bungie_foundation
https://www.facebook.com/BungieFoundation

Train2Game News GameBlast 2022 Starts Today

Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect are looking forward to welcoming hundreds of people from the gaming community and industry who are taking part in their annual GameBlast challenge this coming weekend, 25-27 February.

 
With face-to-face fundraising severely restricted over the last two years due to the pandemic, GameBlast is again taking on vital importance this year as a major source of funding for the charity’s work in helping people with physical disabilities to enjoy video games.

 
Heralded as ‘the best excuse to game ever,’ the GameBlast weekend will see hundreds of gamers take on sponsored fundraising gaming-themed challenges of their own design, including marathon livestreams, speed runs, pub quizzes and fitness challenges. The event has raised over £1m over the past seven years to help the charity create custom control setups for disabled gamers and collaborate with the gaming industry to make their games more accessible.

 
As well as the individual gamers and creators who’ll be gaming hard over the weekend, many names in the games industry will also supporting or taking part in the event, including SEGA, Corsair, Coatsink and many others.

 
The SEGA community have a team of over 60 streamers participating. Marta Camilo, Digital Design Manager at SEGA Europe from SEGA said “I love taking part in GameBlast as a streamer. It’s so thrilling, the energy is always positive and everyone, from viewers to streamers and industry, unite for a cause they care about.”

 
SpecialEffect’s Tom Donegan commented: “GameBlast is so close to our hearts here at SpecialEffect because it’s all about gamers coming together to help their fellow gamers. The range of challenges streamers take up to support the charity is always such a joy to see and it’s a real feel-good weekend from start to finish! A huge thank you to everyone taking part and we hope they all have a fantastic time while raising vital funds.”

 
Check out the streams and fundraising events happening throughout the GameBlast weekend at https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast and get the latest Updates at https://twitter.com/GameBlast 

Train2Game Game2Give Final Push

Game2Give is an epic global charitable fundraiser that proudly unites gamers around the common goal of making positive change happen.

This highly successful campaign, first launched on December 2, 2021, has already raised over $1.59 million to date.

Even with this incredible achievement, the support, anticipation, and momentum continue to grow as the action heats up from February 24 to March 3, 2022. Game2Give has a firm focus on achieving its $2 million fundraising goal.


Our highly engaged global community features an outstanding lineup of streamers who continue to support the cause. Notable live-streamed fundraisers include a stellar list of content creators from around the world, including Tamsin Wood on February 25 from 12 AM to 2 AM PST;  T1Riot  on February 27 from 8 PM to 10 PM PST; Bungie wraps up the event on March 2 from 10 AM to 12 PM PST, which promises to be an action-packed stream full of amazing donor incentives that you’ll only find during this two-hour block.

You won’t want to miss out on your chance to spin the prize wheel!

Game2Give’s event format is simple.

First, participants register online, create personal fundraising pages, and set a personal fundraising goal. Next, they engage their network of friends, family, and coworkers to donate any amount, bringing them closer to reaching their goal. Based on the size of their contributions, participants and donors have the opportunity to receive incentives such as brand-new Destiny 2 in-game rewards.

These exceptional rewards include the Light Keepers emblem, the Arc Propellant emblem, the Hi-5 Heart Exotic multiplayer emote, and the first-ever charity ship: the Altrux Pura Mk1. Participants can also continue to collect donations while hosting their live-stream fundraisers, receiving unique rewards that every Destiny 2 player will be eager to get their hands on!

 
Proceeds raised will support the Bungie Foundation’s newly expanded core initiatives.

The Foundation’s work continues to be headlined by its highly successful iPads for Kids program, delivered to children’s hospitals around the world.

Recently, the organization has also added two additional core initiatives: to fund global humanitarian aid and support community programs that impact inclusion, diversity, and equity.

To find out more or to donate go to www.game2give21.com

Train2Game News Game2Give Raised Over A Million Dollars

The highly anticipated global fundraiser, Game2Give, which just launched its annual fundraising campaign on December 2, 2021, has already raised over ONE MILLION DOLLARS! 

The event is on track to meet its goal of raising vital funds that will benefit Bungie Foundation’s newly expanded core initiatives, including Disaster Relief and Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, with plans to create a larger global footprint.

Game2Give hopes to reach or exceed this incredible fundraising milestone by December 15, 2021, the campaign’s final fundraising day.
 
The event has attracted the support of a large number of gamers and influencers, who have joined the action to help raise awareness and funds. 

On December 8, 2021, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Gernader Jake, who has already raised over $11,000, will stream while raising additional funds for Game2Give on Twitch. On December 9, 2021, from 12:00 am – 2:00 am, Ninjy, who will host a stream for the third consecutive year, will raise funds to support Game2Give on Twitch.

Finally, on December 10 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Benny, who has already raised over $11,800will hope to surpass his fundraising goal of  $12,000 as he hosts a Game2Give fundraising stream also on Twitch.
 

For additional details on upcoming gamer streams, click here for the complete list of influencers participating: https://bungiefoundation.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1007&eventID=501

Train2Game News Stream For Mind

Stream for Mind is a timed streaming challenge to fundraise for mental health charity Mind.

Supporters can take on one of the following timed challenges or choose their own.
 

  • Stream 5 hours: for the 1 in 5 children with a mental health problem who wait for over 6 months to see a mental health specialist.
  • Stream 15 hours: for the 1 in 15 people who attempt to take their own life each year.
  • Stream 23 hours: for the 23% of us who experience a mental health problem.

Everyone who takes part in Stream for Mind can pick the length of streaming challenge that’s right for them, or take part in a different kind of challenge with their stream.

Hashtag: #StreamForMind

When is it and how can I sign up?

Sign-up for free at:

Streamers can choose when they do their challenge and they don’t need to complete it in one go. For example, it could be split over a week or month, and fundraising could take place during every stream until the hour’s target is reached.

Why is it important?

Mental health problems affect one in four of us every year. Many of us will be feeling the lasting impact of the pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing, especially those of us with existing mental health problems. A recent survey by Mind of people’s mental health during the pandemic, found that more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health had got worse. Now, more than ever, we need to ensure we are there for everyone who needs us.

The money raised by Stream for Mind supporters will enable Mind to continue to provide services like the Infoline, legal line, and online peer support community, Side by Side. Since the start of the pandemic, the gaming and streaming community has helped to raise over £700,000, so far, for Mind.

How does gaming and streaming help our mental health?

Playing games can have a positive impact on our mental health by giving us time to relax, connect with others or try out new skills. Mind’s survey found that one in three (33%) young people and more than one in 10 (14%) adults with mental health problems coped with the pressures of the pandemic via gaming.

The top benefits of streaming and gaming on our mental health include:​

  1. Time and space to relax: For some of us, gaming can be positive for wellbeing. Online gaming can also help us form social connections.  We might also use gaming as time for relaxation.
  2. Encouraging us to learn and test new skills like team-working or problem-solving​. Learning is one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and has been shown to enhance self-esteem, encourage social interaction and a more active life.
  3. Connecting us to others: ​building a positive gaming community with others can help us socialise and connect. For some of us, it can help us talk more honestly about how we are feeling and when we are having a difficult time. It can also provide peer support, open up conversations, and create a supportive community. 
  4. Giving space to express yourself: There are many ways we can express ourselves creatively online through streaming and gaming. Some of us find that communicating online is a useful way to test how we’re feeling before sharing with others. Gaming and streaming can also allow us to express our imagination.  

Ian O’Reilly, Head of Community & Events Fundraising at Mind, says:

“Through Stream for Mind, we want to call upon supporters to channel the power of streaming to fundraise and stand with us in the fight for mental health. So many of us aren’t getting the support we need and are left feeling totally alone. Whatever you choose to do for your Stream for Mind, the money you raise will make a real difference to those of us with mental health problems. It will support our Infoline, giving someone a voice to talk to when things are too much, keep our online community Side by Side open for anyone feeling isolated, and help us to keep pushing people in power to protect our rights and support our needs.

“Stream for Mind also provides a chance to explore how gaming and streaming might be able to help your own mental health and wellbeing. This activity can help us to relax, socialise and find peer support, as well as offering a way to keep our mind stimulated, occupied and challenged.”

Train2Game News War Child Charity Campaign

War Child UK – the specialist charity for children caught up in conflict – has today announced a ground-breaking new charity campaign, in association with dozens of games content creators, developers and publishers.

  GAME ACTION will incorporate two key strands: The War Child Winter Streaming Festival, and The War Child Winter Sale.  All money raised will help to fund War Child’s mission: to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war. 

  The War Child Winter Streaming Festival will run from October 23rd to November 28th. A ‘celebration of gaming culture’, gaming fans from all over the world will be able to tune in to watch many of their favourite streamers having a blast online, all while raising money for a good cause. Kicking off with a 11-hour marathon stream from DIVA, Game Action will also feature the global reveal of Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition. War Child has also partnered with various streamers and creators to bring incredible content to their fans across the five weeks. All streams will be free to view on Twitch.tv and donations will be taken via Tilitify.

  The War Child Winter Sale will run from November 2nd to 9th and will be War Child’s largest sale to date. With dozens of games across multiple genres, gamers will be able to grab a bargain on Steam or Google Play and know that some or all of the royalties will be going to War Child.

  Head of Gaming Partnerships at War Child, David Miller explained, “2020 and 2021 have been incredibly tough for everyone in and around games. We knew that something different and innovative was needed if we were going to maintain our position as one of the leading charities working in the games space. The reaction of creators, devs and publishers to our plans has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so incredibly thankful to everyone for their continued support of War Child. We hope that everyone involved has a great time with this and comes back next year for more!”

  The full schedule of events for the War Child Winter Streaming Festival will be made available at launch on War Child’s social channels. The participating games in the War Child Winter Sale will be announced on Steam at 10am on November 2nd.

To find out more about War Child you can check out the following links:

Web: https://www.warchild.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warchilduk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarChildUK
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/warchilduk/

Train2Game News Trivium Front Man Joins Gaming Charity

Stack Up, the 501(c)3 military charity dedicated to supporting US and Allied Veterans’ mental health through gaming and working to end the epidemic of veteran suicide, announces that Matthew “Kiichichaos” Heafy, lead singer of GRAMMY-nominated metal band Trivium, is joining the Stack Up board of directors after a unanimous vote.

Across more than two decades in Trivium, Heafy has sold millions of records, toured with Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Korn, and performed on all continents except Antarctica. As a solo performer, Heafy has worked with heavy music luminaries like Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, black metal pioneer Ihsahn, and YouTube music sensation Jared Dines.

The son of a US Marine Corps veteran, Heafy is also known for the top Twitch music channel with more than 225,000 followers, where he performs music from his home studio and plays video games, including raising thousands of dollars for Stack Up.

Heafy also co-founded the Metal and Honey Foundation with his wife Ashley Heafy, which is dedicated to supporting the music therapy program at his local Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Now a member of the Stack Up board, Heafy will help guide Stack Up as it continues its mission to support veterans and active duty military with the therapeutic benefits of gaming.

These initiatives include Supply Crate video game care packages to recuperating military members and active duty personnel. Additionally, Stack Up provides Air Assault trips to in-demand gaming events for deserving veterans, and operates round-the-clock mental health support initiative Stack Up Overwatch Program (StOP).

“I was born in Iwakuni, Japan, in a Marine Corps military base hospital. My father is a Marine and my mother is from Hiroshima, Japan. My dad’s side of the family has multi-generations long lineages in all services and branches of the military. Thanks to my father’s service in the USMC, I exist,” said Matthew Heafy.

“Stack Up’s emphasis on wanting to help people’s mental well-being, while creating a place in which fellow active service and veteran military – US and allied – can come together and celebrate what connects them, is a mission that resounded with me at my core.”

“It is literally a dream come true,” said Stack Up CEO and Founder Stephen Machuga,

“I have had Trivium songs on my workout mix since I was in the Army, and now the lead singer is sending me multiple emails a day before I’m even out of bed asking how he can help us out? It’s bananas; the potential feels endless right now.”

For more information, please visit the official Stack Up website, and follow the organization via social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Subscribe to the official YouTube channel, follow Stack Up on Twitch, and join the official Discord server.

For more on Matthew “Kiichichaos” Heafy, please follow him on Twitter, Twitch, and Facebook, and follow Trivium on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Train2Game News GameBlast21 Huge Success

The total raised for GameBlast21, the UK’s largest charity gaming weekend, has been confirmed at £228,300 ($317,800).

It’s more than double the original fundraising target for the event, and one of the biggest totals in its eight-year history.

Gamers across the UK and beyond took on gaming marathons and game-themed events over the weekend of 26-28 February to raise money for the charity, who help people with physical disabilities to experience the fun and inclusion of video games.

As well as the hundreds of individual gamers and communities who took part, many major names in the games industry supported the event, including Twitch, EA DICE, Mediatonic, SEGA Europe, Unit 2 Games, Fanatical, Insert Coin Clothing and Turn 10 Studios, alongside a host of esports teams and popular streamers.

In addition, several other companies including HyperX, Noblechairs, Fierce PC and Big Potato Games, showed their support for by creating some awesome limited-edition products and running giveaways to reward people for taking part.

“We’d hoped to raise £100,000 this year,” said Becky Frost, the GameBlast Event Coordinator, “so we’re amazed and humbled by the final figure. To have the support of so many gamers is a huge boost for the charity, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of everyone involved. As result of their generosity, many hundreds of people will be able to enjoy the magic of video games for many years to come. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part.”

The dates for GameBlast22 have been announced as 25-27 February 2022.

Donations for GameBlast can still be made http://bit.ly/3cytyA7

Train2Game News Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 Charity Event

Games Done Quick, a grassroots organization known for its speedrunning charity events, will host Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2021 Online this weekend, with a thrilling lineup of speedruns taking place on the official Games Done Quick Twitch channel.

Despite moving online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, AGDQ 2021 Online will find the world’s best speed-runners racing through a mixture of modern and classic games, all in the name of charity. The full schedule for the event, which runs from January 3-10, 2021, is now live at https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule

The event will also feature a brand new, virtual interactive crowd experience. GDQ Twitch subscribers can join the crowd on the GDQ website and use various emotes in the Twitch Chat to have the audience of Velocities (GDQ’s mascot) cheer on the runners, viewable by everyone. The interactive crowd experience will be available at GamesDoneQuick.com throughout the event.

AGDQ 2021 Online will be held this year in support of Prevent Cancer Foundation. Donations can be made directly to the charity during the event via the viewing page available at GamesDoneQuick.com. One hundred percent of all AGDQ 2021 Online donations go directly to Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Across the past decade, Games Done Quick has teamed with charities around the world, including Doctors Without Borders, AbleGamers, Organization for Autism Research, and Prevent Cancer Foundation, while bringing gamers together to marvel at the achievements of the most high-level speedrunners out there. To date, Games Done Quick has raised over $28 million for charity.

Last year, more than 2,750 people attended Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 in person, while the Twitch live stream saw a peak of 236,000 concurrent viewers. Through donations made during the event, more than $3.16 million was raised for Prevent Cancer Foundation.

AGDQ 2021 Online will be broadcast live on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick.

The event is sponsored by Twitch, The Yetee, Fangamer, NIS America, and Devolver Digital.

For more information, please visit GamesDoneQuick.com.

Train2Game News Fall Guys Charity Raises $1m for SpecialEffect

Fall Guys charity auction raises $1M for gamers’ charity SpecialEffect

A Battle of the Brands auction for a character costume design in the hit video game Fall Guys has raised $1M for SpecialEffect.

The online auction, organised by the game’s creators Mediatonic and Devolver, saw a bidding war that included some of the video game community’s most popular streamers.

A last-minute combined donation of $1M by @MrBeastYT@Ninja, @G2esports and @aimlab was the highest bid. 

The winners have also announced that they will be organising a livestream in support of the charity. More details will be announced in due course.

“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 charity will be able to help more people like eight year-old Theo, who is a huge fan of obstacle games, but the games controller and iPad were too hard for him to use. Our assessment team recently set him up with a special joystick and buttons setup combination. Since then it’s been much easier for him to play and he’s now having a blast with Fall Guys!

The donation will boost all aspects of the charity’s work, including the development of a range of globally available resources for accessible gaming such as EyeMine, a utility for playing Minecraft with eye-control. The charity also provides support and advice for software development, helping the likes of EA, Playground Games, DoubleFine, and Rare to make games like Forza Motorsport, FIFA, and Sea of Thieves more easily playable.

Companies from across the games industry are pledging to support SpecialEffect for their One Special Day initiative on Friday 2 October 2020.

More details can be found at http://onespecialday.org.uk/get-involved/