This War of Mine’s charity DLC secures $500,000 for War Child UK

11 bit studios, the studio behind This War of Mine, has raised over $500,000 for War Child UK, a charity that seeks to "protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict".

Since the game went on sale on November 14th, 2014, 100 per cent of the net income of This War of Mine’s charity DLC – which added war-themed works of world-famous graffiti artists – have gone towards War Child UK’s efforts to deliver its programmes across countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Yemen.

So far, the money has gone towards establishing three temporary learning spaces where 260 children were able to carry on with their education and exams to complete their school year, placing 26 unaccompanied children with foster families in Bambari, Central African Republic, providing summer schooling to 457 students in Iraq, and supporting 840 children, aged four to six, to access Early Childhood and Care Development in Kabul and Herat in In Afghanistan.

The funding has also helped the charity expand its child helpline in the Democratic Republic of Congo – which received 14,557 calls in 2017 and referred 2,215 children to specialised child protection organisations – as well as fund a new fundraising arm at War Child dedicated to working with gamers. So far, that initiative has raised over $2.5 million.

"None of this would be possible, without the help of the players. We would like to thank them all," says the press statement, which confirms the DLC is still available and sales of which will continue to support War Child UK.

A new app that combines games from Gameloft, Wooga, Featherweight Games, and Sports Interactive is on sale now to raise funds to support children affected by conflict.

"The mobile games industry offers a great opportunity to engage and entertain millions across the globe," said Adam Holmes of War Child UK about the app initiative. "It’s been amazing to see the industry rally behind HELP, and we’re blown away by the games that have been created in just six days. Our partners in this represent the best in mobile gaming talent and we’re hugely grateful for their support."

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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