postheadericon 5 Military Charity Organizations Fueled by Gamers

Gamers experience an incredible amount of bad publicity in the mainstream media. Arguments of violence and laziness plague the gaming community as single stories are ballooned in order to drive ratings. What doesn’t get as much publicity is the charitable activities that many game developers and players operate that benefit those less fortunate. When it comes to helping military personnel and their families, there is no shortage of support from those that engage themselves in digital entertainment.

Indie Ammo Box

Independent game developers are growing as technology and marketing allow virtually anyone to begin creating digital entertainment. Indie Ammo Box is a platform that allows these developers to create and post those games. The digital game store then donates some of the proceeds to Operation Supply Drop, the charity that supports deployed troops in combat operations and veterans recovering from injuries in the line of duty. Active gamers can provide a great deal of income for the charity while playing the games they enjoy.

WarGaming.Net

World of Tanks is a worldwide popular gaming platform. It also encourages donations to a wide range of military charities including the aforementioned Operation Supply Drop. Premium users are capable of buying bundles of in-game components that help these charity organizations. During Military Appreciation Month, special offers and unique bundles of digital goods are packaged up and ready to be purchased. The popularity of the games developed by WarGaming.Net provides an incredible amount of awareness for the needs of military personnel.

Blizzard

Even large business platforms provide charitable support as part of the gaming community. Activision Blizzard has donated millions of dollars to the Call of Duty Endowment, founded by Bobby Kotick, and has provided millions in grants to organizations through the United States helping veterans find jobs. Gamers help to raise funds through awareness and gameplay to encourage a greater response from others. In October of 2014, many Call of Duty players joined in the campaign to raise $1 million to help place 1,000 veterans in high-quality careers.

Operation Game Drop

Developed by Tech Sgt Clayton Holcomb, operation game drop is a charity drive that benefits children within government hospitals. Since many charities such as Child’s Play is unable to help in those facilities, a new charity drive had been developed to help the children cope with illnesses and injuries through digital entertainment. The drive was based on the gaming community and using “The Grid” gaming tournament, supporters were able to assist in helping Tech Sgt Holcomb realize the charitable contributions.

Twitch

Although Twitch.tv isn’t exactly a charitable organization such as those listed earlier, it still deserves regocnition. Twitch allows game players to stream live video feeds of games they play while an audience watches. During virtual charity drives, Twitch is at the epicenter of most events as gamewatchers are able to donate to specific charities through links provided in the gamer’s bio. When there is a charity drive within the gaming community, there is a safe bet that many will be streaming gameplay live on the website.

Arguments of violence in games contributing to violence in the real world flood various types of media any time someone loses self-control and does something horrific. There should be more emphasis on those that contribute to the world outside of their living room and who put effort into making the world a better place. There is more of these kinds of players and companies than what mainstream media promotes on television.

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