War Child’s Armistice initiative enlists gamers’ help to raise £250,000

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Charity War Child UK has launched a Steam Armistice Sale as part of an initiative to raise £250,000 with the help of gamers, developers and publishers.

With the 11 November centenary of World War I’s Armistice Day approaching, War Child has set up a Steam Armistice Sale. In addition, a list of games including 11-11: Memories Retold, World of Tanks, Prison Architect and Dick Wilde will support War Child’s initiative with special peace-promoting content. 

War Child says: “Starting today a Steam sale of epic proportions will be taking place. The Steam Armistice Sale includes The Room, ABZÛ, Scanner Sombre, Democracy 3, RiME, Prison Architect, The Talos Principle, Broken Sword 5, Dick Wilde, Mini Metro and Machinarium. A percentage of developer proceeds from each of the sales will go straight to War Child UK’s work supporting young people and children in conflict zones around the world.”

The charity also provides details of some of the special content available, which will support its Armistice fund-raising drive: “Gamers can also get their hands-on brand new, limited content for their favourite games, including Prison Architects and a special Cupid’s Bow in Dick Wilde. World of Tanks (PC) will have Armistice-themed emblems and skins on offer and all players (old & new) can join a commemorative laying down of arms on Sunday 11th November between 11:11 AM CET and 11:30 AM CET and then enjoy access to a day of premium content using the code ‘’111111”.

“11-11: Memories Retold, the highly anticipated title from Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, Aardman Animations and Digixart, will have specially-created downloadable content available at launch on November 9th, costing £2.99 and with all profits going to support War Child UK’s activities. The world of mobile gaming is also rallying to support Armistice, with amazing fundraising activations available across games like Lords Mobile, War Wings, March of Empires and Shadowgun Legends.”

Wayne Emanuel, Gaming Partnerships Manager at War Child UK, said: “We’re thrilled with this year’s support from some of most talented people & studios in the sector. Each year we aim to go bigger and we’re hoping that this will be our biggest year yet with a truly diverse range of games supporting Armistice including; the separate story featuring Carey Mulligan in War Child DLC in 11-11: Memories Retold, Dick Wilde joining as our first ever Steam VR title with the addition of ‘Cupid’s Bow’ and The Respawnables bringing back their healer item.”

Film star Carey Mulligan, War Child UK global ambassador, added: “War Child’s Armistice is a unique and exciting initiative. Peace is denied to too many children around the world, but millions of gamers can help some of the world’s most vulnerable children affected by war by playing games as part of War Child’s Armistice. It’s such an innovative way to fundraise and very simple too – just buying and playing a game you love can help provide crucial support for innocent victims of war.” 

The charity is keen to point out that gamers can run their own charity streaming events in support of War Child’s Armistice, via JustGiving: “Using JustGiving LiveStreaming, gamers can now integrate their Twitch stream with their JustGiving fundraising page to enable donation alerts and create progress bar overlays.” You can register your own charity stream for Armistice at this website. And for all the information regarding War Child’s Armistice, head to this official website.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.