Gamers Giving Back -- Charities Focused On Video Games


Posted September 14, 2012 - By Rob Manuel

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Giving back to the community is easier than ever before. With Paypal, social networking, and a little old fashion sweat; any gamer can help out those in need and have a little fun along the way.

We have gathered some of the gamer-centric charities that you can participate in to help out other games like yourself. From giving a little money or a little of your time, you can make a huge difference in the life of someone else in need. Making a difference has never been easier and you can often do it while playing your favorite games.

While there are dozen of events and organization out there making a difference every day, we highlight a few of our favorites. You’re only one click away from changing the world for the better.

Extra Life – On October 20th, gamers everywhere will be glues at to their screens for a good cause. This worldwide event lets gamers raise money for CMN Hospitals in their community by doing what they do best. You can sign-up now for this year’s event or give to a deserving group. Did I happen to mention that G4 is participating this year? Start giving today.


Child’s Play– Started by the good gents behind Penny-Arcade, the Child’s Play charity looks to give sick kids games, consoles, and some much needed attention that they deserve. With way over twelve million already raised, gamers have found a way to raise money through gaming marathons or by bidding on one of a kind items during their end of the year auction.


The Ablegamers Foundation– Everyone deserves a chance to game and no one believes that more than the people at Ablegamers, a foundation set up to help those with mental and physical disabilities to game. Give money, your time, or support to help others who just want to enjoy the same activities you do. Make sure that you check out our interview with Ablegamers about their newest accomplishment, Includification.

Project Honor – Tied into the release of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Project Honor looks to support both the Navy Seal Foundation as well as the Special Operation Warrior Foundation. EA’s campaign looks to raise money and awareness through the sales of special editions of Medal of Honor games and themed merchandise.

Gamers Outreach – Though a wide variety of events, Gamers Outreach looks to spread the gamer love by supporting such activities such as Project Go Kart, setting up entertainment stations for sick kids; Fun For Our Troops, to help those who are stationed away from home; and Gaming4Others, gaming tournaments raising money for a cause. Check out the site to find out how you can help.

Call of Duty Endowment – If you’re looking to help those who helped to protect our country, Activision along with a handful of veteran groups wants to make that happen. Visit the site now if you want to find out ways to help or if you want to donate a little money to this worthy cause.

GamesAid– For gamers in the UK, GamesAid lets you give to a variety of children and youth charities. If you feel like running a marathon, answering game-related trivia, or just get a good deal on game in their eBay shop; you can help any one of these worthwhile causes.

Gamers Giving Back -- Charities Focused On Video Games


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