Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Charity Stream

To benefit children fighting critical illnesses, the /r/NintendoSwitch community on reddit.com will host a charity livestream from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3.  
The 24-hour event will coincide with the release of the Nintendo Switch console and will benefit Child’s Play, which provides hospitals and therapy facilities with games and hardware, and Extra Life, which fundraises to allow hospitals to better care for sick children.

The livestream will feature gameplay videos, product reviews, and giveaways provided by official stream sponsors PDP, SanDisk, Nyko, and AverMedia. The goal is to raise at least $1,000 for each charity organization.

/r/NintendoSwitch is one of the largest unofficial Nintendo Switch communities in the world. With over 115,000 subscribers and growing, /r/NintendoSwitch is the central hub for news, updates, rumors, speculation, and discussion relating to the Nintendo Switch.

Details of the event follow.

What: /r/NintendoSwitch charity livestream benefitting Child’s Play and Extra Life. Sponsored by PDP, SanDisk, AverMedia, and Nyko.

When: 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3

Wherehttps://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/ 

For more information on sponsored charities, visit  http://www.childsplaycharity.org and http://www.extra-life.org . 

For more information on /r/NintendoSwitch, visit https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/ .

Train2Game News Child’s Play Charity Holiday Event

Child’s Play, the videogame industry’s most giving charity, has officially begun its 2016 holiday fundraising drive.

Established in 2003, Child’s Play has distributed more than $40 million in donations from the staggering support of the video game community, bringing the universal joy of “play” to children staying at more than 200 hospitals and domestic violence shelters across the globe.

As part of this year’s drive, the 2016 Child’s Play Charity Auction will take place Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. Participants will have the opportunity to bid on a life-sized Iron Battle Axe replica from Destiny and more than 100 other items. Tickets can be purchased for $145 a seat or $5000 for table of ten sponsorship. 

Amazon, Humble Bundle, Wizards of the Coast and the Bungie Foundation are devoting their time and money to assisting the charity as corporate sponsors. Desert Bus for Hope once again held their marathon gaming session, raising $694,810 from online viewers for Childs’s Play.

“The mission of Child’s Play is to create moments of happiness and connection for children and their families in tough circumstances, whether at one of our partner hospitals, or in the domestic violence shelters we support,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Child’s Play. “It’s a mission gamers worldwide have supported year after year and, with their support, we’ll continue to meet that need.”

Those wishing to contribute to Child’s Play can:

    Host a fundraising event

    Buy or donate an item on the Child’s Play eBay for Charity page

    Give directly via PayPal, the account is: donate @childsplaycharity.org

    Become a corporate sponsor, email Travis Eriksen.

    Mail a check to Child’s Play, 9040 NE 161st Ave, PMB #418, Redmond, WA 98052

Train2Game News GameDev Market Christmas Bundle

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GameDev Market, the online marketplace for game development assets, has launched its first ever bundle of game assets and, in fitting with the festive season, will be donating all proceeds from the sale of the bundle to charity.

The asset bundle will be available on the site from December 14th-28th, with all sales being split between two charities, Child’s Play and AbleGamers. Child’s Play work to improve the lives of children with toys and games in their worldwide network of hospitals, whilst AbleGamers aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games.

The total value of the assets included in the bundle is $356 and at a cost of just $29, the bundle offers game developers the chance to get their hands on a wide variety of assets at more than 90% discount, while at the same time knowing that their purchase is helping to raise money for charity. With a diverse selection of items in the bundle, including 2D, 3D, GUI and Audio assets, there should be something to interest all developers. Take a look at the full bundle here – https://www.gamedevmarket.net/bundle/charity/ .

“With both charities being closely associated with the games industry, we feel they are the perfect fit for our first ever charity fundraiser,” says Liam McElroy, managing director. “They’re both great causes, and we’re glad to have the chance to help out. We hope this bundle will allow us to give something back to a community that has kindly supported us over the last 18 months.”

GameDev Market first launched in June 2014, and has since become home to over 10,000 game developers and asset creators in over 100 countries.  For more information or to join GameDev Market visit www.gamedevmarket.net , follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gameresources and join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gamedevmarket .

Train2Game News Deep Silver charity money raised

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Deep Silver’s Humble Bundle sales have totaled a sensational 1.89 Million US-Dollar for charity since the start of the co-operation between the publisher and Humble Bundle, Inc, in July 2013. Both partners are proud and thankful for the continuous support and the strong commitment to donate.

With brands like Saints Row and Metro being part of the offers, Deep Silver has become one of Humble Bundle’s biggest partners. With its unique approach, Humble Bundle offers a package of games. The price is up to the client, in the same way he or she can choose how much of the money goes to the publisher, Humble Bundle itself or to charity.

“We are stunned by the huge number that our buyers have donated over the last year,” says Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver/Koch Media. “This success is a clear sign to keep investing in the strong relationship with Humble Bundle and continue to offer attractive packages in the future.”

“Teaming up with Deep Silver to delight millions of gamers around the world while raising nearly 2 million dollars for charity has been absolutely awesome,” said John Graham, co-founder and COO of Humble Bundle. “Deep Silver is one of our favorite publishers to work with and we are excited by what might be possible in the future.”

Top five beneficiaries are Child’s Play ($530,000 reiceved), American Red Cross ($520,000), Charity: Water ($320,000), Save the Children ($300,000) and World Vision ($84,000).

Train2Game News: Humble Bundle 8

Humble Bundle 8The eighth official Humble Bundle has been out for a few days and has some amazing games included.

This latest pay-what-you-want affair for charity comes with Little Inferno, the charming puzzler with a killer soundtrack; the subterranean Metroidvania adventure Capsized; the profoundly beautiful first-person stroll-’em-up Dear Esther; the minimalist narrated platformer Thomas Was Alone; and the colourful multiplayer platformer Awesomenauts.

If you pay above the average, which at the time of writing is $5.45, you also get the highly popular Hotline Miami, which Eurogamer gave a massive 10/10, and the chirpy, abstract exploration game Proteus.

Every title in the bundle is available for PC, Mac, and Linux, which several of these games are debuting on with this bundle.

Proceeds are split between the developers, Child’s Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the bundle organisers. As per the usual routine, you can decide which of your money goes where.

The Bundle has already made $1,295,199.86 (and rising) from 227,826 sales. It reached the $1m milestone after just 18 hours. Currently the customer that has paid the most for the bundle is Markus “Notch” Persson with a purchase price of $5,000.

You can enjoy an amusing video detailing the Humble Bundle 8 below:

To purchase the Humble Bundle 8 you can go to www.humblebundle.com

Train2Game Hits Eurogamer Expo 2011 with Students, Gurus and more

 

Train2Game will be taking Eurogamer  Expo 2011 by storm with its biggest presence yet inviting anyone interested in joining the games industry to meet course advisors, current students and the brains behind the syllabus at the Train2Game stand.

Furthermore, keep your eyes peeled for Train2Game students across the show floor in bright orange T-shirts and grab the opportunity to hear more about the course, its future and how you can join the industry.

As part of Train2Game’s commitment to face-to-face time as a key part of students’ education, the show also provides another opportunity for those currently enrolled to touch base with their tutors and meet fellow course mates in the flesh. Building on the strong community established on the Train2Game forums, when the students come together, it’s often a key catalyst for spin-off projects and experiments.

Train2Game will also be running a competition for students to share photos of themselves wearing their T-shirts and win an iPad 2 with accompanying iOS Developer account, kick-starting their ability to develop for the platform. In addition, every photo uploaded to the Train2Game Facebook page will result in a donation to the charity, Child’s Play; a charity which donates consoles, games, books and toys to sick children in hospital.

“Our students are the best out there – they love the industry, they know their stuff and one day they’ll be exhibiting at events like Eurogamer for themselves” said Train2Game Course Director Tony Bickley

“In the meantime, we’re delighted to have hundreds of independent ambassadors representing us at the show, alongside our own stand for anyone who wants to learn more.”

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Rare Golden Wrenches to be destroyed for charity

The Golden Wrench is one of the rarest items in online gaming, with just 100 being randomly distributed to Team Fortress 2 players during the Engineer Update. Now the owner of Golden Wrench #31, a fellow who goes by the name of WiNG will be destroying his wrench, and all in the name of charity. He explains on the Golden Charity website:

“I’ve decided that perhaps Golden Wrench #31 is better served destroyed than remaining to exist. I also decided that, if I were to destroy it, why shouldn’t I try to make something good come of the situation? To create something positive of this utterly divisive, bitter issue? And for that reason, I’ve chosen to run a fundraiser to benefit the Child’s Play Charity, culminating in the destruction of the Golden Wrench. So far, this movement has gained the support of thousands, including 7 other Golden Wrench owners who have chosen to join me and delete their gold-plated play things for charity.”

The top 20 highest individual donators will be invited to watch the destruction ceremony take place on August 31st, and see some of gaming’s most sought after items reduced to nothingness in the name of charity. There’s still a lot of time before the August 23rd deadline for donations, but already the Golden Wrench campaign has raised over $6000, or almost £4000, to provide sick children with toys, books and games. If any Train2Game students wish to donate yourself, you can find out how on WiNG’s  Golden Charity page. Do you think more Golden Wrench owners will join in?

If you want to know a bit more about what’s going on, you can watch the video below. As usual, you can discuss this news on the Train2Game forum.