A new initiative set up by members of the games industry to support the charity War Child is pleased to confirm HELP: THE GAME, will be available from July 26 2016. This collection of original PC games will be released globally through the games distribution service, Steam. 11 studios gave up their time for free, with all profits being donated to the cause.
Originally announced in September 2015, the HELP: THE GAME project is a ‘global game jam’, with each of the 11 participating dev studios or teams dedicating six days to creating an original game. The participating studios are: Bossa Studios, Creative Assembly, Curve Digital, Hardlight, Modern Dream, Rovio Sweden AB, Spilt Milk Studios, Sports Interactive, Sumo Digital, Team 17 and Torn Banner.
Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive and Chairman of the War Child UK HELP: THE GAME committee says “When we first revealed the plans for HELP: THE GAME we were cautiously optimistic that it would generate some interest throughout the games business, but the level of enthusiasm that came back to us exceeded our expectations. Having seen the results of those jams that have been completed to date, it’s obvious that the studios who’ve taken part have been having a lot of fun – and from July 26 it will be the gamers’ turn.”
Rob Williams OBE CEO War Child UK says “It’s fitting that the games business has taken this project to its heart as, after all, every child should have the right to play but not all get that chance. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has agreed to get involved and we hope their efforts will not only raise much-needed funds, but also awareness of our work amongst a vast audience of gamers across the globe.”
HELP: THE GAME will be published by SEGA Europe, with all profits generated being donated to War Child UK.