QuakeCon 2019 teams up with six great charities next week

The QuakeCon 2019 hype train is leaving the station, and Bethesda is teaming up with some great charities at this year's convention.

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QuakeCon 2019 is about to pop off in Grapevine, Texas. Bethesda Softworks and id Software have been doing some especially cool charitable efforts at the event over the past five years, and they are kicking it into high gear for the Year of Doom. The American Red Cross, Dallas Pets Alive!, 1UpOnCancer, Anime for Humanity, Stack Up, and Gamers Outreach will all have a presence at the show next week.

"Each year, the QuakeCon community comes together in amazing ways, offering their support to a variety of charities, whether that’s giving money, or even, giving their own blood for the good of others,” said Pete Hines, Vice President of Marketing, Bethesda Softworks. “This is one of the best parts of QuakeCon and this year’s event offers even more creative ways to do good, from pet adoption livestreams to Fallout 76 charity fundraisers and much more.”

The American Red Cross, 1up on Cancer, Dallas Pets Alive!, Anime for Humanity, Stack-Up, and Gamers Outreach will all be at QuakeCon 2019.
The American Red Cross, 1up on Cancer, Dallas Pets Alive!, Anime for Humanity, Stack-Up, and Gamers Outreach will all be at QuakeCon 2019.

Here's a breakdown of each organization's plans for QuakeCon 2019:

  • The American Red Cross “Youngblood” drive will be held July 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Fort Worth Rooms 1 and 2. Help provide blood during the critical summer months by making an appointment online or signing up at the drive. Those who donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Wolfenstein: Youngblood-themed PC, sponsored by Corsair. Like Wolfenstein: Youngblood, cooperative play is encouraged – partner with a pal to give blood, and you will BOTH receive two raffle tickets. Buddy up and save a life! Donors must be at least 17 years old and meet American Red Cross requirements for donating blood, which can be found at the official American Red Cross website.
  • 1UpOnCancer, an organization dedicated to providing direct financial assistance for adults undergoing cancer treatment, will be holding a silent auction at booth #147. Additionally, there will be an ongoing Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter fundraising event. For every Vault Dweller that comes in the top 10 of a Nuclear Winter match at the Bethesda booth during QuakeCon: Year of DOOM, Bethesda will donate $76 to 1UpOnCancer, up to $10,000. Attendees can also stop by to contribute a charitable donation.
  • Dallas Pets Alive! a local non-profit dedicated to promoting and providing the resources, education, and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals, will be onsite at booth #139 with adoptable dogs eager to find their forever homes.

    I must have this Doggo DooM shirt.
    I must have this Doggo DooM shirt.

    QuakeCon: Year of DOOM attendees who donate at least $15 to Dallas Pets Alive! will receive an exclusive Dallas Pets Alive! shirt featuring a dog in DOOM gear or a cat decked out for RAGE 2. These shirts will also be sold online with all proceeds going to Dallas Pets Alive!. A link to purchase the shirts from home will be provided during our keynote presentation.

    To support DPA, a variety of popular streamers will be playing Bethesda games live, from a dog pen on the show floor … WHILE PLAYING WITH DOGS UP FOR ADOPTION. Links to adoption pages will be provided for those looking to find a new furry friend, and viewers will be provided a link to donate money to support Dallas Pets Alive!.

    Additionally, The Elder Scrolls Online will sponsor three adoptable dogs from DPA, covering the adoption costs and providing a themed bandana, toy, and profile for the pup, as well as a copy of ESO for the new owner. Keep an eye on The Elder Scrolls Online Twitter page for details.

  • Anime for Humanity is an organization that has handed out Therapy kits and mental health resources to more than 10,000 people to help reduce social isolation and challenge the stigma of mental health. Found at booth #154, Anime for Humanity will also be judging and co-sponsoring this year’s cosplay competition.
  • Stack Up brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. Find them at booth #149 raffling off items in support of their cause.
  • Gamers Outreach is a charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals. Gamers Outreach will be holding a new and used console and game drive at booth #151 to support their hospital “GO Kart” (Gamers Outreach Kart) - a portable, medical-grade gaming kiosk nurses could use to transport video games and entertainment to children who are unable to leave their rooms within the hospital. Put a smile on a child’s face with your extra lightly used games and consoles.

It is great to see id Software and Bethesda give back with their charitable efforts at QuakeCon. Keep it locked on Shacknews for all of the news as it breaks from QuakeCon 2019.

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