In just a little over two weeks’ time, 343 Industries raised over US$200,000 from its Halo 5 in-game charity campaign. Other game companies are doing their COVID-19 relief effort share as well.
Developers over at 343 Industries introduced a premium downloadable content (DLC) pack to Halo 5: Guardians on March 27 called “Relief and Recovery REQ Pack” for $10 USD.
The pack includes five customization items of at least ultra-rare caliber, along with 10 booster cards that are rare or higher which can help you level up quicker in multiplayer. The DLC will remain up for grabs until April 30.
Thanks to your kindness and generosity we’ve already raised over $200k together via the H5 Relief and Recovery REQ Pack. Thank you! ???????? https://t.co/cksB7nqPGM
— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) April 10, 2020
Be a hero and lend a hand to those in need. Support impacted communities and protect the most vulnerable with the Relief & Recovery REQ Pack in Halo 5. All proceeds go directly to @GlobalGiving's Coronavirus Relief Fund. #WeGotThisSpartans https://t.co/maGi9L6prH pic.twitter.com/zVdIqj107B
— Halo (@Halo) March 27, 2020
United against the pandemic
343 Industries aren’t the only ones doing their part against the coronavirus pandemic, as many big names in the video game community are coming together to aid in relief efforts across the globe.
Sony’s Play at Home Initiative looks to benefit both gamers and developers by offering up the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection and Journey for free from April 15 to May 5. Also, the PlayStation maker will donate $10 million to indie studios affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Even Rockstar studios decided to get in on the action by pledging five percent of the revenue generated from the in-game purchases of Red Dead Online and Grand Theft Auto Online.
“Small businesses have closed their doors, and communities who rely on government-provided support that they cannot access are struggling. The road ahead will be challenging, and we want to help where we can.” wrote Rockstar Games in their official statement.
Games Done Quick relief marathon
Meanwhile, Games Done Quick (GDQ), an organization known for raising funds for charity through speedrunning, released an official statement telling the world that they’d be holding an online marathon from April 17 to 19 called Corona Relief Done Quick.
All funds raised during the event will go to Direct Relief, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is to “improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.”
The #CRDQ schedule is live!
Runners: you should have received an email containing further info. You must follow the instructions ASAP in order to remain on the schedule!
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) April 14, 2020
It’s always great to see the video game community come together to help one another in times of crisis.
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