One of the great things about the gaming community as a whole is its willingness to use its enthusiasm for the medium in a way that benefits other people and charitable organizations.
Each year, we see more and more events designed to raise money for charity, ranging from annual gaming marathon Extra Life to Humble's regular bundles of games or the recent Awesome Games Done Quick speedrun challenge. Gamers' willingness to support charity while either getting cheap games or having a good excuse to sit playing them for 24 hours straight certainly doesn't look like slowing down any time soon, so it's unsurprising to see some of the bigger players following suit.
GOG.com has been building itself up for the past five years now, growing from a small, retro-centric online storefront that specialized in old DOS games into the major player in the digital distribution business it is today. In November of last year, the company decided it was finally at a stage where it could start using some of its success for the greater good, and consequently launched its first ever Charity Promo event.
The Charity Promo event allowed GOG.com users to pick three or more games and donate $5 or more to either the WWF, Worldbuilders or Gaming for Good. The promotion was supported by a number of different developers including Introversion, Subset Games, Tiger Style Games, Amanita Design, Instant Kingdom, Northway Games, Digital Game Factory, Might & Delight, Daedalic and Oddworld, with titles such as FTL, The Whispered World and Waking Mars all available in the promotion, with developers not receiving any royalties for copies sold during that period.
GOG.com has announced today that the promotion raised an impressive $1.9 million in total, making it a big success. And it sounds like it won't be the last time this happens, either -- according to a statement from the company, "2014 promises to be a landmark year for gamers on GOG.com, and they won't forget about giving back either."