Modern Warfare community raises incredible amount for Australian fires - Dexerto
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Modern Warfare community raises incredible amount for Australian fires

Published: 5/Feb/2020 1:08

by Andrew Amos

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The Modern Warfare community answered Activision’s call of duty to help raise money for Australia bushfire relief, with the Call of Duty developers announcing $1.6 million will be donated to charity.

Australia has been ravaged by bushfires over the last few months, claiming over 30 lives, destroying almost 2,000 homes, and scorching millions of acres of land.

When the gaming community called on developers to take action and try and raise money for the communities devastated by the fires, players answered in droves.

However, no community heeded the call louder than the Modern Warfare one, with Activision announcing they raised $1.6 million from the sale of the Outback Relief Pack over 20 days between January 11 and January 31.

“Players and fans worldwide have come together to raise more than $1.6 million through the purchase of the ‘Outback Relief Pack’,” said David Hodgson, the Editorial Manager of Activision in a February 3 blog post. “These funds will help provide relief toward the devastating bushfires in Australia.”

100% of Activision’s net proceeds from the cosmetic pack, which included a Operator skin, a Sniper Rifle camo, and a cute Koala bear charm to attach to your weapon, were donated to Direct Relief to distribute on the company’s behalf.

“Direct Relief has already started to provide much-needed emergency and health supplies in coordination with local aid groups as they respond to the pressing needs of millions of Australians affected by these tragic conditions,” he said.

The donation from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developers represent the largest single contribution from the gaming community over the bushfire season, with Activision thanking players for their generosity.

“We’re honored to help in this effort with the funds from the Outback Relief pack,” said Byron Geede, EVP of Call of Duty. “We thank everyone for their generosity, and we look forward to putting this donation into action.”

Other developers chipped in where they could to help support fire-ravaged communities across Australia. Ubisoft’s Australia branch donated $30,000 on January 9, while Bungie put on their own fundraiser, which is still ongoing.

Streamers also mobilized their communities to do what they could. Australian streamer group The Click Crew put forward a huge $300,000 donation after a 36-hour livestream, which included contributions from the likes of Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys and Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins shocked fellow Fortnite content creator Lachlan Power with a $30,000 donation during his January 14 fundraiser, while Tyler ‘Trainwreckstv’ Niknam hosted a charity edition of his Scuffed Podcast, pulling in over $40,000.

If you’d like to support communities rebounding after the bushfire crisis, you can donate to the Australian Red Cross or the Salvation Army.

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Marvel reassembles with Team Liquid for esports apparel until 2022

Published: 23/Oct/2020 21:33

by Adam Fitch

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Entertainment giant Marvel and Team Liquid have renewed their partnership and released a new collection to celebrate.

Over a year on from the initial announcement of Team Liquid helping Marvel enter the esports industry, the collaboration has now been extended for another year.

Now lasting through to 2022, the partnership’s renewal has been commemorated with the release of retro-themed hoodies, sweatpants, shorts, and t-shirts.

The collection features 8-bit interpretations of Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor alongside Team Liquid branding. They collaborated with artist Pixel Jeff on the limited apparel range.

Marvel Team Liquid Retro Collection
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Marvel and Team Liquid have released a collection with retro designs.

Since entering the industry with Team Liquid in June 2019, Marvel have released a number of collaborative clothing lines with the org including both esports-focused designs and more casual, streetwear items.

It’s said that original content will be a component of the extended partnership, though no specific plans have been unveiled at the time of writing.

More co-branded merchandise and apparel will come from Team Liquid and Marvel. So far, they’ve used designs of The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, X-Men, The Hulk, and Thor.

“We’re excited to continue our team-up with Marvel,” said Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet. “Both of our brands are built around compelling narratives: heroes, rivalries, triumph and even, overcoming hardships. And, there’s so many more stories for us to tell together through custom apparel, original content and other fan offerings.”

Marvel, who are owned by The Walt Disney Company, also partnered with Australian organization The Chiefs in a two-year deal, which was announced in February this year.

The extension with Team Liquid shows that the company are serious about esports after successfully completing their first year in the industry, and that can only be a good sign for the future.