Bethesda donates a total of $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts

    
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While Bethesda, ZeniMax Media, and its other games studios are all about making games to keep people entertained and safe at home, the company wants to do more. To that end, the studio has announced that it will be making three different charitable donations totaling $1 million — $500k to Direct Relief, $250k to UNICEF, and $250k in total to local relief charities where Bethsoft studios and international offices are housed.

The announcement further touted its #BethesdaAtHome campaign, pointing towards upcoming streams from home offices and opportunities for fans to help support the charities that Bethesda is donating to. Interested players are invited to keep eyes on Bethesda’s webpage, the company’s social channels, or its Twitch channel for stream timing.

This charitable donation is another in a long list of philanthropic moves from a variety of game dev studios and companies, including Sony and Sandbox Interactive, Riot Games, and Ubisoft. However, one op-ed writer argues that many of these companies could do more, citing the billions in revenue that some of the bigger studios rake in.

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Dankey Kang

In other news, Bethesda employees to take forced pay cut totalling around $1,000,000.

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Jeremy Barnes

better yet, they’ll write it off their taxes and you and I will pay for it.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not going to shittalk Bethesda for helping, but yeah, they could do a LOT more.

All of this is pocketchange for them, and i feel like this is mostly a PR move. And since these times are extremely dangerous, i really think they should just shove these efforts with money so we can all go back to our awfully monetized pieces of heaven.

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BalsBigBrother

You say you are not going to do a thing then proceed to do the thing.

Oh and of course it’s PR every single one of these company donations has an element of PR the minutes they announce it, don’t recall you leveling the same accusation at the others.

Thing is the money will still help, potentially save lives or just make things easier for folks struggling regardless of the motivation from the company.

Sigh whatever helps you get through the day I guess. Be safe and be well.

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Bruno Brito

Criticizing =/= Shittalking.

And i wonder where do you think these 1M will come from.

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BalsBigBrother

So just to be clear you are criticising (not shit talking apparently) Bethesda for a donation to charities such as Direct Relief that are directly helping provide frontline healthcare workers with the equipment they need to be safe during a world spanning pandemic. Hmmm

To answer your question they will chip a couple of chunks from their golden yacht obviously, it’s what all the big companies do. Honestly it doesn’t matter and you are trying too hard.

They did a good thing I am sorry if that rankles and that you feel the need to try to tarnish that. Just move on and try to make the best of your early morning / rest of your day. That is what I am doing be well and stay safe.

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Bruno Brito

Ah, this naive mindset never ceases to amaze me.

Bethesda will pay for it? LOOOOL. No, they won’t. They’ll either increase their prices, or deal some paycuts or like Jeremy said, they’ll write off their taxes and we’ll pay for it.

You know, like Blizzard does since 2018.

It’s hilarious you still believe that companies do good deeds without any of them going unpunished for the community.

And why would i need to tarnish Bethesda? Todd did that enough already.

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BalsBigBrother

(Edited out snark as that isn’t what I want to be but tldr sigh)

I am never going to criticise anyone who donates to a charity no matter their reasons for doing so. If they get some good PR then fair exchange imo

Bethesda plus the other companies and individuals for that matter who donate to charity have done a good thing that will directly help keep folks safe or makes life better. That is the bottom line for me.

I don’t care if you think me naive because I much prefer that to living with bitterness and cynicism any day of the week.

Be well and be safe.

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Bruno Brito

I am never going to criticise anyone who donates to a charity no matter their reasons for doing so. If they get some good PR then fair exchange imo

The problem is what those donations entail. Donations are supposed to be sacrifices. They hurt your pocket because you feel like you wanna help someone. It’s one of the best humanity have to offer. But when companies donate, they try to cut their losses short, so the tendency is that those donations will come out of paycuts, crunch or tax evasion.

Bethesda plus the other companies and individuals for that matter who donate to charity have done a good thing that will directly help keep folks safe or makes life better. That is the bottom line for me.

They make life worse for their employees on a daily basis. Why this one time thing is enough to buy your trust is beyond me.

I don’t care if you think me naive because I much prefer that to living with bitterness and cynicism any day of the week.

“I rather be one extreme than to be the other”

Don’t be either. Be actively mindful of second intentions. You don’t NEED to believe everything is doom and gloom, because that’s not even my point, but do NOT shut yourself down to what these powerful companies do, and what do they get in return.

Be well and be safe.

Sounds snarky, but yeah. You too.

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BalsBigBrother

(a little background to help to give some context and maybe help understand my point of view even if you disagree with it. I have had paid work and volunteered for a charity for the last 10 years. Though I suspect that isn’t going to be the case before too long sigh.)

Donations are meant to be sacrifices

Donation is the act of giving something be that cash, your time or whatever.

Honestly I would say if your donations hurt your pocket or are a sacrifice even slightly then keep your money and look after yourself first.

If you have cash (or time) to spare that you can donate without impacting your well being then by all means please help a charitable cause.

Why this one time thing is enough to buy your trust is beyond me.

At what point did I say I trusted them? I said they have done a good thing in this case nothing more or less than that.

Don’t be either. Be actively mindful of second intentions. You don’t NEED to believe everything is doom and gloom, because that’s not even my point, but do NOT shut yourself down to what these powerful companies do, and what do they get in return

Even generally bad folks can do good things occasionally sometimes by accident sometimes not. Does that mitigate the bad usually not but encouraging good deeds is preferable for most folks.

I am mindful of what companies do and what they get. Even so when some good is done that is worth giving Kudos without forgetting who and what they are.

While I might disagree with your views I do not wish you any ill will or harm so when I say be well and be safe it is with full sincerity and zero snark.

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Jeremy Barnes

Bethesda isn’t even going to pay for it. They’ll write it off their taxes and the rest of us will actually pay for it.

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Bruno Brito

Blizzard been doin’ that since 2018 lol.