While some developers are still asking their communities, Infinity Ward, Bungie and Ubisoft have already become active. They provide financial help in the fight against the devastating fires in Australia.
Infinity Ward, the developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, didn't have to look far to find a way to raise money for Australia. The Outback Pack, a cosmetic bundle with an Australian theme, was already available. It was simply renamed the Outback Relief Pack with the announcement donate any earnings by January 31st, Outback packs that were previously purchased are still counted.
– Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) January 11, 2020
Bungies Destiny 2 players will also have a way to help. It will give a limited t-shirt design, which will soon be in the store. The aid goes to wildlife rescue and fire services in the state of New South Wales. Buyers of the t-shirt will receive a player emblem for Destiny 2.
Ubisoft takes the most direct route and donates AUD 30,000 (18,588 euros) to the Australian Red Cross.
The bushfire crisis has devastated communities across the nation and the scenes of loss are heartbreaking.
We’ve heard the calls requesting we create in-game items to encourage donations, however this takes considerable development time and we feel immediate action is required. pic.twitter.com/7JPg0QPOqQ
– Ubisoft Australia (@UbiAustralia) January 9, 2020
Ubisoft sees fast help as a necessity and the development of in-game items takes time. Nevertheless: Whether today or in a few weeks, the money will be needed anyway.
Original message from January 9, 2020:
Overwatch and Apex players want new skins – for a touching reason
The communities of the games Overwatch and Apex Legends want to collect money for relief efforts that fight against the devastating forest fires in Australia.
Overwatch subreddit has been around for a few days a postwho calls Blizzard to Skins based on firefightersto develop. The sale of these charity skins is said to collect money that will then be donated to relief efforts in Australia.
What's going on in australia
To provide some context, the continuing heat and lack of rain have led to the worst forest fires in decades on the Australian continent. The flames destroy national parks, cities and the natural habitats of domestic animals.
There is currently no end in sight,
Help from the gaming scene
Help is coming from all over the world, and the gaming community also wants to help. The post mentioned suggests choosing the heroes Junkrat and Roadhog for the skins, since the two come from Australia in the Overwatch lore. The post can now also be found in the official forum.
Found in the Apex Legends subreddit the post also his way, and here too the community is very taken with the idea that Respawn offers charity skins for sale. There is a lot of support for the proposal in both subreddits – and even players who normally don't buy skins want to make an exception here.
Nice to see unified communities:
Both Blizzard and Respawn have already raised ingame for a good cause. In 2018, the sale of a Mercy skin raised a good $ 12.7 million for breast cancer research. Apex Legends players also raised money in 2019 for the Mozambique flood disaster.
We hope that this proposal finds its way to the developers – and finally into the game. Even if you never spent money on cosmetic items, would you be part of such a fundraiser?