Almost $225,000 Raised for Charity Thanks to Playerunknown’s ‘Battlegrounds’ and Gamers Outreach
The survival shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds met with instant success in the gaming market and to utilise that success for good reason, the team behind the title held their 2107 Charity Invitational. The event itself housed amazing competition and a huge sum of money raised by gamers for a good cause. Gamers once again proving that they are a force of good, despite what media has tried to declare in the past.
The direction this invitational went in came courtesy of the event’s beneficiary: Gamers Outreach, and you can see their mission statement (click on the image to enlarge if needed) from their website below:
With the combined efforts of the event itself, plus the $120,000 match donation from the publisher Bluehole, the total came to $223,357, which is an amazing number that will go towards easing “the burdens of hospitalization by providing equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment.” An amazing venture for an amazing cause, and it was much, much more than some stuffy fundraiser.
The event itself included competitive gaming with some well-known players from high ranking teams and players such as MrGrimmz, Pacifae, Lirik, and many more. Prizes were also awarded, including a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, which Hayz and MrGrimmz took home for tying at their 12 kill streak.
For those who may be unaware, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a “last-man standing shooter” that has often been compared to the likes of Battle Royale and the Hunger Games. Players take to an island and fight for survival, hunt for supplies, and play to win. As the stages progress, the area on the island becomes smaller and smaller, making the fight that much more difficult as the proximity increases. The game itself is available on Steam for $29.99.
Have you checked out Battlegrounds yet? What do you think of it? And what about the amazing things that gamers can accomplish? We here at DFTG love participating in Extra Life, what are some of the ways you’ve given back? Sound off in the comment section below and tell us all about it! Don’t forget to also check us out on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!
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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including ComicBook.com, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.