Destiny players raise over $1 000 000 for disaster relief

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I’m no big fan of Destiny. I think the game was a middling RPG (though a pretty good shooter!) that became more about the grind than the actual game. Of course, there are many people who love the hell out of it, including our own Darryn – who’s spent too much time with Destiny instead of training up his Mortal Kombat X skills. I digress. I’m not a fan of Destiny – but I am a fan of people who put their money where their mouths are. Bungie and the people playing their game have raised over a million Dollars to help people affected by April’s devastating Earthquake.

“This was an astounding act of generosity on the part of Bungie and the larger Bungie community, and we at Direct Relief are deeply grateful – beyond what can be expressed in words,” said Thomas Tighe, of Direct Relief.

“Most importantly, the Bungie community’s amazing support will translate immediately and directly into help for people in Nepal who experienced a tremendous blow, are in a very difficult and more vulnerable situation now as monsoon season nears, and also have a long, tough road ahead. Every penny will be spent to help strengthen essential health services that were needed before the earthquakes and much more so now.”

Destiny players raised this money by buying an overpriced Destiny T-Shirt along with an in-game exclusive armour shader, with Bungie and Activision each throwing in $50 000. The shirt cost $30, with Bungie giving $15 of that to charity. That’s a heck of a lot of Destiny shirts.

While playing Destiny is a digital grind, rebuilding a country devastated by earthquakes is a real world one, which should hopefully be just a little bit easier thanks to the altruism of Earth’s last Guardians.

Last Updated: June 5, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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