While Bethesda Softworks is known for putting out video game juggernauts in The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, it has joined the fight against the global pandemic, not with free games, but with something a little more direct.
The publisher has announced a massive donation of US$1 million to various global charities and organisations dedicated to the COVID-19 relief efforts, in a recent statement on its official website.
It has also broken down exactly what portion of the amount will be going to each organisation. US$500,000 is going to Direct Relief, which will involve the “providing personal protective equipment to health care workers”. US$250,000 is going each to UNICEF and local communities in and around Bethesda’s various branches.
Bethesda joins a host of big-name publishers who have set aside some funds to help out in the current situation, including the likes of EA, Sony, Rockstar and Razer. Other companies like Ubisoft have stepped up to make the lives of those in quarantine a little more bearable with a slew of free games to keep gamers at home entertained.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.