Gaming companies come to Japan's aid


The impacts of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week are still being felt as death tolls rise, but many people are aiding the country in a worldwide relief effort, including some top-tier videogame companies.

Sony has donated 30,000 radios to the earthquake relief in addition to $3.6 million. Nintendo has also contributed $3.6 million, while Microsoft has initially committed to $2 million and some company software.

Other Japanese videogame companies are also doing their best to help their country, with Namco Bandai, Sega Sammy, and Tecmo Koei donating $1.2 million, $2.4 million, and $1.2 million respectively.

Even smaller game companies are lending a helping hand in any way they can. Japanese developer 5bp Games has dropped the price of one of their games from $27 to $4.20, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

It’s great to see the gaming community coming to Japan’s aid in a time of such turmoil and grief. Hopefully these donations will continue so the country can get back on its feet much sooner than later.



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Author: Anthony LaBella View all posts by
My first experience playing a video game blew me away. The fact that Super Metroid was that game certainly helped. So I like to think Samus put me on the path to video games. Well, I guess my parents buying the SNES had a little something to do with it. Ever since then my passion for video games has grown. When I found that I could put words together into a coherent sentence, videogame journalism was a natural interest. Now I spend a large majority of my time either playing video games or writing about them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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