GOG.com to donate 100% of funds raised for charity from games like FTL: Faster Than Light, The Whispered World, and Waking Mars
GOG.com today launched its first-ever charity action on the service, running from now until 12 November 2013 at 13:59 GMT. Gamers can pick 3 or more games and donate $5 or more to one of three charities on GOG.com: the WWF, Worldbuilders, and Gaming for Good. In order to make sure that a $5 donation doesn't end up becoming a $5 donation minus credit card fees, VAT, and other expenses, the independent digital distributor will be spending nearly $0.25 on every dollar raised to make sure that every $5 donation equals $5.00 given to charity.
WWF, of course, is one of the largest and best known ecological charities in the world, but the other two charities involved in this fundraiser are perhaps less well known. Worldbuilders is a charity that raises funds in support of Heifer International-an international charity dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger around the world-and is run by New-York Times Bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind, and Wise Man's Fear). Gaming for Good is run by YouTube gaming personality Athene, and has already successfully raised more than 6 million dollars for Save the Children, an international charity that serves impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable children and families in nearly 120 countries.
The developers of the games in this charity fundraiser (Introversion (Darwinia), Subset Games (FTL: Faster Than Light), Tiger Style Games (Waking Mars), Amanita Design (Botanicula), Instant Kingdom (Driftmoon), Northway Games (Incredipede), Digital Game Factory (Creatures: Village), Might & Delight (Pid), Daedalic (The Whispered World), and Oddworld (Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee)) are all supporting these three charities as well, as they're receiving no royalties for the games that are being sold as part of the fundraiser.