Gamers get a lot of bad press in major news outlets, but in reality weÂre a rather tight bunch. And when disaster strikes, itÂs not uncommon to see just how generous gamers can be. Case in point, gPotato.eu has announced that European players across four of their titles managed to raise over Â20,000 for the Irish Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
The funds were raised through special in-game items created specifically for the event in Rappelz, Flyff, Castle of Heroes and Terra Militaris. gPotato made the items available from March 25th through March 30th and donated 100% of the proceeds to aid in Japan relief efforts. The event was part of the global GALA Group initiative which managed to raise almost Â50,000 worldwide.
Check out the official press release after the break. Nice work gPotato players.
gPotato.eu players donate over Â20,000 towards the Irish Red Cross Japan Tsunami Fundraiser effort
European players of Rappelz, Flyff, Castle of Heroes and Terra Miltiaris show solidarity with those impacted by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
Dublin, Ireland Â June 14th, 2011 Â Gala Networks Europe, one of the leading free-to-play games publishers and operator of the www.gPotato.eu portal, is proud to announce that European players across four games have raised over Â20,000 for the Irish Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. These funds have been raised through the sale of special in-game items created specifically for this event, allowing players to show their solidarity with those affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.
The fundraiser provided gPotato.eu players with the opportunity to buy a special donation item between 25th March and 30th April, with 100% of the purchase price going directly to charity. After running for five weeks, players of Rappelz, Flyff, Castle of Heroes and Terra Militaris opened their hearts and raised a combined total of Â22,151.
This money was donated to the Irish Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 and will be relayed to its Japanese counterpart to help assist those impacted by one of JapanÂs worst natural disasters. The European fundraiser was part of a global GALA Group initiative which raised close to Â50,000 worldwide.
Hyun Hur, CEO of Gala Networks Europe said ÂBeing a part of a Japanese company meant that the earthquake and tsunami disaster really struck at the core of our hearts. We knew that we, and our players, wanted to support the relief effort in any way possible.Â He continues: ÂWeÂre hugely proud of the amount our players have raised for the Irish Red Cross and that our community is so kind-hearted.Â
The staff at GALA Networks Europe would like to thank all of those who so generously supported this fundraiser, and for further information on the Red CrossÂs efforts, please visit http://www.redcross.ie/corporate_site/latest_news/red_cross_news/japan_tsunami_appeal
About Gala Networks Europe Ltd. & gPotato.eu
Gala Networks Europe Ltd. is a leading European free-to-play online games publisher. It operates the gPotato brand in Europe by hosting, publishing and distributing free online games through the www.gPotato.eu portal. Established in Dublin, Ireland in 2006, it operates a portfolio of MMORPGs including Flyff, Rappelz, Street Gears, Dragonica, Allods Online, Castle of Heroes Canaan Online and Terra Militaris. The gPotato.eu portal is now a major destination for online gamers with over 6 million users. It will also publish the martial-arts MMORPG Age of Wulin which will be released in 2011. Further information on the company can be found at http://www.gala-net.eu.