Did you drop $40 on a virtual ticket for BlizzCon 2017? You won’t have to wait until the convention starts in November to enjoy some of the benefits that come with such a golden pass.
Blizzard has started to post pre-show videos leading up to the show, and while the public can view some of them for free, others are exclusive for virtual ticket holders. Three videos can be access with the ticket, looking at casual and advanced cosplay as well as a trip into the Blizzard museum for memorable stories about the community.
Speaking of the community, World of Warcraft players are organizing another Running of the Gnomes on October 14th to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. While there is now an official micro-holiday spawned from this player event, this particular run is purely community-operated. Participants are urged to roll a pink-haired Gnome on the Scarlet Crusade server and have their guilds donate to charity.
If you’ve somehow missed the news, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have pretty well pounded the daylights out of the Caribbean, Florida, and eastern Texas. There are a lot of people struggling right now, and World of Warships
is doing what it can to suppose relief efforts by adding new bundles to the game for sale
. 100% of the proceeds from the bundles will be donated to Team Rubicon, a charity organization that helps veterans transition into civilian service.
Not interested in playing the game or getting bundles? That’s fine, too; you can make a donation directly to Team Rubicon and have Wargaming.net match the donation up to $20,000. It’s an effort to provide some extra help to the regions afflicted by the hurricane, and if you want to get a little game benefit out of it in the process, that’s fine as well.
We’ve got a fun roundup of Blizzard’s doings, so let’s get started! The studio is selling a new “Shadow” fox pet with adorably huge ears for $10 in World of Warcraft’s
cash shop. So why is this special? Because the studio is donating all profits to charity
to benefit the victims of the current hurricane season.
“For every Shadow pet purchased between September 12, 2017 and December 31, 2017, 100% of the adoption fee will be split equally between American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Fund to assist with relief efforts around the world,” the studio said.
Moving on to Overwatch, the devs are busy putting the final touches on the game’s newest map. Junkertown is coming on September 19th to all platforms, but you can get a preview of the map right now.
When real-life tragedy occurs, it’s perfectly OK to give priority to assistance over interest in video games. But what if you could do both?
Valiance Online has joined the growing club of MMOs and communities looking to do something to ease the suffering and assist in the recovery for those affected by the recent hurricanes in North America. For the duration of this Wednesday, September 13th, the superhero title will shunt all donations made on its website to hurricane relief instead of game development.
This puts Valiance in good company. Final Fantasy XIV’s community recently ran a blood and charity drive for victims of the hurricanes, Destiny 2’s Bungie organized charity events, and even Ultima Online chipped in by disabling housing decay while hurricane victims get back on their feet.
The Final Fantasy XIV
community is large, diverse, and focused on a variety of different issues. But it does seem to be a community that likes being charitable, as evidenced by the results of the game’s Stormblood
-themed blood drive. A new video is available just below showing off the themed bus itself and celebrating the estimated 1,200 lives saved by blood donated through that means lone.
But maybe that was just because it was an official outlet and was kind of visible? It doesn’t seem so, as the player-organized charity stream event from the weekend raised over $21,000 for disaster relief. That’s pretty cool, too. You can check out the blood drive video just below if you’d like to see more about how it looked… and if you missed either of the above, you could always just go donate some blood and money today. Hurricane victims will need both, and no one will stop you from muttering “for Ala Mhigo” while you do it.
Hat tip to MMO blogger Aywren
, who picked up on a Final Fantasy XIV
-based Direct Relief charity event “to raise awareness and bolster hurricane relief efforts”
— referring of course to Harvey, which ravaged the gulf coast of the US just a few weeks ago, and now Irma, which is already devastating the Caribbean with its sights set on the whole of Florida, never mind Jose behind them.
Streamer denm0 will begin the charity stream on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) and asks players to roll up a potato-themed Lalafell toon to join up with what looks like an airship tour, leveling-up race, march across Eorzea, and a party, all in the service of raising money for disaster relief.
“The starting server is a secret that will be announced at the start of the stream. This way everyone begins at level 1. Getting through MSQ takes about 2-3 hours, so you have plenty of time.”
If you’re sitting in your comfy gaming chair right now wondering what you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which is continuing to sink cities on the Gulf Coast even still, we have two ideas for you.
The first is quick and easy and will appeal to Destiny fans: Bungie is awarding Destiny 2 goodies to those who donate $14.99 to its foundation, which benefits victims. “Your purchase will benefit Direct Relief in their mission to support the people of Houston, Texas,” says the studio. The rewards include a physical pin and an in-game code for a special emblem.
The second is closer to home: MMO vlogger TheHiveLeader is planning a charity stream event through GlobalGiving — the stream itself begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
If you know of others, please drop ’em down in the comments.
If you haven’t heard from one of your friends who plays EVE Online lately, it might be because he or she is in the thick of a swarm. Rogue Swarm Alert, EVE’s June event, is currently running and offers players an exciting diversion to mining and backstabbing.
“Join your fellow capsuleers and help CONCORD defeat the swarms of rogue drones,” CCP explained. “The bigger the Drone boss you encounter, the better the chances of getting valuable rewards. Pilots of all abilities and levels are welcome and encouraged to assist, from the newest alpha pilots to the most seasoned Omegas.”
Also, this weekend a group of EVE Online streamers played for 72 hours in the EVEathon to raise funds for AbleGamers. Their efforts were rewarded with over $20,000 raised for the gamer charity.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we have stories and videos from Conan Exiles, Osiris, Final Fantasy XI, Ultima Online, Tree of Savior, Lineage II, Warface, Games of Glory, Elsword, Splatoon, Skyforge, all waiting for you after the break!
announced today that World of Tanks
players raised a huge sum of money for children in need last year. Last summer
, the video game giant teamed up with War Child
, a UK-based charity that focuses on children affected by local and global political conflict, to raise money for that cause.
“Late last year, Wargaming partnered with War Child for their Armistice Campaign. Players of World of Tanks were able to buy special emblems and packages to help raise money for children affected by conflict all over the world, with 100% of Wargaming’s share going directly to charity. Thanks to the community’s help and generosity, a donation of $84,800 went to War Child UK. Wargaming would like to thank all the players who donated to this great cause as every single penny raised was from the community.”
Hear, hear and well done. Never let it be said that gamers have no heart!
This is the sort of story that we never like seeing here at Massively OP. During a 24-hour charity livestream, a World of Tanks Twitch player left the room for a short break and then apparently passed away while off camera.
Polygon reports that the police arrived at the home of 35-year-old Brian Vigneault, where they found him unresponsive. Fans discovered that this happened when a police detective used Vigneault’s Discord chat to inform the community about his death. Vigneault had been well-known for his frequent charity livestreams and in fact had been participating in one when he died. There was no cause of death stated; though the death was being investigated by the homicide unit, the department said there was no reason to suspect foul play.
Wargaming issued a short statement in response: “Wargaming is saddened to hear of the loss of streamer and tanker Brian Vigneault, AKA ‘PoShYbRiD,’ a devoted player of World of Tanks and contributor to the Make-A-Wish foundation. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shards Online announced it’ll kick off its alpha early in the new year, on January 13th. “Based on the feedback we’ve received from our current playerbase, there are a few things that need to happen before we can consider ourselves ready for Steam,” says Citadel’s Derek Brinkmann — and those include a bigger world map, tamed mounts, the archery skill, modding, and dev tools.
And last night, Star Citizen dropped 2.6 Star Marine for backers, along with the surprise announcement that it’s been using Amazon Lumberyard for over a year now.
- Former City of Heroes community member Je Saist has set up a GoFundMe to help him pay off medical bills accruing as a result of his early onset glaucoma diagnosis.
- John Smedley told Redditors that “money is tight” for Hero’s Song.
- Project Gorgon pulled in over $17,000 from its Indiegogo campaign.
- Grim Dawn rolled out its 188.8.131.52 patch, which includes a massive outdoor “Aetherial roguelike” dungeon.
- Elite: Dangerous raised £46,813 during its recent charity livestream.
- Descent: Underground announced its Avalanche update and GOG launch.
- Wild Terra updated with its Christmas event this very weekend.
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!
It’s the holiday season in… wherever Warframe
takes place. It may be space. We are pretty sure
it is space. Even in space, there are holidays. That means that it’s the perfect time to give gifts to other players, but the game is taking it to the next level by making sure that giving people gifts in game translates to giving more money to the Boys and Girls Club of London in the Tennobaum Gifting Extravaganza
The system is pretty simple; as the community gives more gifts out to other players, higher donation tiers are unlocked and a bigger donation will go to charity. You can track the progress on the official site, or you can just get in and start gifting. So everyone’s giving things to other people and money goes to charity; it’s a pretty win-win scenario in the game and in the real world.