Thatgamecompany, the studio behind mobile game Sky: Children of the Light, has announced the final numbers of its two charity initiatives run through April and May. The fundraiser offered in-game cosmetics, with all the proceeds of the microtransactions going to charity.
For April’s Earth Day event, Thatgamecompany paired with reforestation charity One Tree Planted to plant trees in areas of the Amazon and Australia affected by forest fires. That event ended with over 40K trees planted thanks to Sky players.
In May, the Sky developers released a “Days of Healing” cosmetic pack, with 100% of net profits going to Doctors Without Borders, helping with the charity’s global response to the COVID-19 crisis. The studio has now announced that players helped raise a total of $1,027,340 for this cause.
“We are so overwhelmed by the generosity of Sky’s global community,” creative director Jenova Chen said. “Originally, we asked how could our studio help during the pandemic? We couldn’t have predicted the altruistic behaviors in-game would translate to real life action and giving to frontline workers.”
With Sky: Children of the Light’s gameplay designed around the concept of altruism and generosity towards fellow players, it’s no wonder the game’s charitable endeavors worked out so well. Sky was recently awarded the Games for Change People’s Choice award, as well as the Best Gameplay award.
Sky: Children of the Light is free to play on iOS and Android devices, with a Nintendo Switch edition planned for later this year.
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