Last month, the developers of war survival platformer This War of Mine, 11 Bit Studios, launched a fundraising campaign to help the charity War Child raise money for children affected by the conflict in Syria. A special DLC called War Child Charity DLC was launched – By teaming up with unique street artists, the developer created artwork which can be found in-game and they reflect the human condition and the state of humanity during a time of war. Depending on how charitable you are feeling, the DLC costs $0.99, $9.99, or $19.99 and every cent of the proceeds goes to War Child and their efforts in Syria, Iran, and Jordan.
So far, with the money raised by the DLC, War Child was able to:
- Help 350 refugee children
- Offer psycho-social support to recover from trauma
- Child friendly spaces to make sure War Child can reach a child before someone else does
- Informal education including school fees, livelihood support, teacher training and others.
Most help came from the US, Germany, the UK, and Russia, in that order. The most discovered artwork is the Wreath of Flowers and the toughest achievement, called Note: Street Art, has only been completed by 50 players out of 500000.
The War Child Charity DLC will run until the 3rd of April and you can hit this link to help support War Child. The DLC contains unique street art pieces made by world famous artists including: M-City, Gabriel “Specter” Reese, SeaCreative, Emir Cerimovic, Fauxreel and Mateusz Waluś. They are all hidden somewhere within This War of Mine, find them all to build a unique in-game gallery. 11 Bit Studios are not done yet though so stay tuned for more charity actions.
This War of Mine is also heading to the iPad. Initially, the game was rejected by Apple because of it’s hard hitting content, but Apple eventually came round. It’ll be released later this year.