World of Warcraft fans raise $1.9 million toward Red Cross Ebola efforts

WOW fans raised $1.9 million to help the Red Cross with Ebola Relief.

 

Imad Khan

Internet Culture

Published Feb 12, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 1:26 pm CDT

The gaming community has rallied around an important cause.

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Fans of the long-running popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft raised $1.9 million for the Red Cross to help with Ebola Relief. It was a beautifully simple process.

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Blizzard Entertainment made a downloadable piece of content, a pet named Argi, available as a charitable download. As long as players purchased the “cute little intergalactic nibbler” before Dec. 31, proceeds benefited the Red Cross.

Adopting Argi would set players back $10.

Earlier this year gamers came together for Awesome Games Done Quick, a week-long video game speedrunning marathon in which viewers could throw in money to help the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Gamers donated a record-breaking $1.5 million.

H/T Blizzard | Screengrab via Christopher Cheuvront/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 12, 2015, 6:43 pm CST