Game industry Japan relief efforts

A compilation of relief efforts for Japan and how you can get involved.


The devastating earthquake in Japan, and the resulting tsunami and nuclear power plant shutdowns, have dominated the headlines for the past week. Relief efforts are pouring in, but much more needs to be done. While we encourage any donation efforts, there are a number of ways for gamers to get involved. We've compiled the gamer-centric donation efforts below, but feel free to point us to any other relief avenues in the comments. If you want to donate directly to a charitable organization or encourage others to do so, call it out in the comments as well.

  • Sony has announced that donations made through the PlayStation Network, in increments of $2, $5, $10, $25, or $50, will be rewarded with a free PSN theme. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.

  • PopCap has announced a 48-hour sale, starting Saturday, March 19 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until midnight on Sunday. All iPod and iPod Touch games will be 99 cents, and all iPad games will be $1.99. All revenues generated during the period will go to the Red Cross.

  • Direct2Drive has announced that it will donate $1 for each game sold through March 21. In addition, it will be hosting a 20% discount on first-person shooters this weekend, if you use the code SPECWAR5 at checkout.

  • Paradox Interactive has announced it will match the Direct2Drive donations, giving an additional $1 for every Paradox game sold through D2D's benefit efforts.

  • Bungie is selling a Quake Relief Wristband for $5 on its store, and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross. In addition, all proceeds from Bungie Store purchases through April 30 will go to disaster relief.

  • Aksys Games has announced that all proceeds from its store through March 24 will go towards disaster relief.

  • EVE Online is hosting a PLEX for Good: Japan event through March 31, allowing players to convert PLEX donations to actual currency to go to the Red Cross. Users can contract their donation to the "CCP PLEX for Good" character. It warns to make sure the character is located in the "C C P" corporation and that everything is spelled correctly to avoid scams.

  • Square Enix is donating 100 million yen (roughly $1.2 million), as well as allowing users to donate through the Square Enix Crysta billing system. It is also selling an in-game charity item in Sengoku IXA.

  • Capcom is also donating 100 million yen, as well as donating all proceeds from Street Fighter IV iOS through March 22 to relief activities. The game has been discounted to 99 cents as well.

  • Sega is contributing proceeds of the iOS Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 4, Sonic Spinball, and Football Manager to the Red Cross.

  • Zynga will be donating proceeds from select FarmVille and CityVille items to Save the Children.

  • Game Informer's Meagan Marie has put up an eBay auction, offering a Nintendo DS signed by Shigeru Miyamoto, Koji Kondo, Charles Martinet, Eiji Aonuma, and Martin Leung, with full proceeds going to the Red Cross. So far the auction has hit nearly $2,500, with three days left to go.

  • MAGfest will be hosting a fundraising concert and auction this Sunday a 4 p.m. PST. All proceeds will go to relief efforts, and donations above $10 will get two albums.

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From The Chatty
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    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM

    Comment on Games industry focuses efforts on Japan relief, by Steve Watts.

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      March 18, 2011 11:26 AM

      Summary: A compilation of relief efforts for Japan and how you can get involved.

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      March 18, 2011 11:26 AM

      Was hoping to see something from Valve and Blizzard in here. Props to all the companies that are helping.

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        March 18, 2011 11:47 AM

        Valve will most likely do a Steam sale around Portal 2's release, with all proceeds going to Red Cross or some other Japanese Disaster Fund. Blizzard... however... I have no idea. They've never done these kinds of things. They just hope and pray.

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          March 18, 2011 8:10 PM

          I don't even need a Steam sale. I will pay full price for some of their games if it means that a good chunks goes to charities helping in this relief effort.

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      March 18, 2011 11:58 AM

      I think it's worth mentioning that in addition to selling the wrist band, all profits from all Bungie store purchases are also to be donated until 30 April 2011. See the last sentence of the fourth paragraph:

      I doubt they bring in a great deal of profit this way but donating all of it for the next six weeks seems a mighty fine thing to do that deserves some recognition.

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        March 18, 2011 12:26 PM

        Good catch, I've added that. I also slipped in a piece about Aksys Games that I just discovered.

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      March 18, 2011 12:27 PM

      NCsoft Korea has outright donated $6.3 million (500 million yen)

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      March 20, 2011 6:14 AM

      I'm an American who has lived in Fukushima for about ten years. I live about 60km from the reactors and have stayed here throughout all the hysteria about radiation. I'll be here continuing to do volunteer work and helping where I can from now, so I'll try to check in to the Shack and let you all know how it's going. Really appreciate this news and continued support.

      If any of you have any questions about what exactly the situation is here- I'd be happy to answer them.

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