Do you know that as a gamer, you can make a substantial difference in the world? Yes, it’s true and quite possible. There are a plenty of ways in which gamers can make a difference in the world. From hosting their own Twitch charity fundraisers to buying games through Amazon Smile and HumbleBundle. It’s very simple and won’t cost any more money than you’re already spending. This is what you need to know:
- HumbleBundle: Buying Games, Giving to Charity: Since 2010, HumbleBundle has allowed people to buy bundles of indie and AAA titles for a fraction of what they should cost. When you choose to donate to charity with HumbleBundle, it will go to one of the organizations chosen by them. The organization changes on a weekly basis. You can also choose to send a share of your payment to a charity of your choice. There are thousands of US and UK based nonprofit organizations to choose from, including every charity that’s enrolled with JustGiving. You don’t either need to buy bundles. The Humble Store sells pretty much everything that is available on Steam. You are not allowed to choose the percentage that goes to the developer. HumbleBundle automatically donates 10% of the purchase price to your nominated charity.
- Twitch: The urge to watch other people play video games has turned Twitch into one of the greatest websites in the world. Streaming has been trending and become a cottage industry for many streamers. It shouldn’t come as a surprise when these platforms are used to support for charity. It has raised almost $8 million for charitable causes by members of their community which is incredible.The way it works is pretty easy. A Twitch user will host a stream, and ask for donations during the broadcast. The donations received are then sent to a specified charity. Some streamers also donate the advertising profits from their broadcast.
- Amazon Smile: Amazon is a cheaper online retailer when compared to others. It is much more convenient than heading to the shops for buying RAM or new SSD. So, why don’t you donate some of the money you spend to a charity of your choice? You can opt in for Amazon Smile. It is a program that shares about 0.5% of each eligible sale with a charity that you chose. Many major charities are included in the program, and 0.5% doesn’t even sound like much.
- Get Well Gamers: It is specially made for donating your old hardware to hospitals. If you have stacks of old and well-cared for hardware or you are getting a new console, it is always a better option to donate the used ones to charity. Get Well Gamers accept donations of consoles, games, and accessories. The collected hardware and accessories are then donated to hospitals, who don’t have the budget for such things. If you are living in the USA, Get Well Gamers will even give you a receipt, allowing you to write your donation off on your taxes.
Have you ever contributed to charity while indulging in your hobby? Let us know in the comments section!
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