Take This has partnered with IGDA Foundation (IGDA-F), the Global Game Jam, and the Games and Online Harassment Hotline to create the Stay in the Game Relief Fund. Running from today through May 21, the initiative aims to raise $100,000 and help fill a gap in the non-profits’ programs and funding efforts resulting from event cancellations and postponements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moments like this have a way of revealing what really matters to us. In this daunting time, people are turning to games as a source of relief, escape, and connection. We are reminded every day why we play games – and why the people who make and play games matter.
These four organizations work to decrease stigma and support the mental health of game lovers and creators, create supportive environments around the world for entry into this creative industry, and pave the way for a gaming community as safe and inclusive as it is innovative.
“Community and cooperation are paramount in getting through these difficult times and right now it’s more important than ever for games communities to support one another,” said Anita Sarkeesian, Executive Director of the Games and Online Harassment Hotline. “My hope is that our group fundraiser will allow all of our organizations who value diversity, inclusivity, and creativity to thrive this year and into the future.”
The Stay in the Game Relief Fund is seeking $50,000 in crowdfunded donations on top of $50,000 in corporate matching secured from companies including Riot Games, Devolver, Double Fine, Robot Teddy, Splash Damage, and Six To Start among others. Streamers will also conduct charity streams to raise funds for the cause throughout the two-week duration.
Eve Crevoshay, Take This’ Executive Director, noted, “Take This is very pleased to be partnering with these organizations to further our shared mission of a more diverse, inclusive and dynamic game industry. The game companies who have already provided matching support to the campaign have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that games are a welcoming and supportive community.”
“The work of our organizations is more important than ever right now. Not having physical events means fewer opportunities for marginalized groups to network, and good mental health will be critical for everyone to survive these trying times,” added Nika Nour, Executive Director of the IGDA-F. “We organized this fundraiser in only a short amount of time, making it a perfect example of what four ambitious, strong women achieve when coming together to solve problems.”
For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit the Stay in the Game Relief Fund page.