Bethesda has unleashed its own charitable effort with a major donation to COVID-19 relief efforts. The publisher has announced via their website today that they have donated a total of $1 million in funding to various relief efforts and charity organizations dedicated to fighting back against the various negative impacts of COVID-19. “Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax Media and our global family of studios want to do more than keep you entertained and connected through our games during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the website announcement said.
Bethesda has also outlined how they will spend the money to help in the fight against a virus that has infected 3 million globally and killed more than 210,000. The resulting chaos and shortages have caused major economic disruption as well, leading to more than 26 million jobless in the US alone.
Half of the donation will go to Direct Relief, an international group that supplies emergency medical supplies to needy groups and companies. Direct Relief has been working with medical professionals to help support their research and treatment efforts against the disease.
One-quarter of the allotted funds will also be paid to the various individual studios and offices under the Bethesda umbrella. These offices can then use that money to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in their own areas.
Another $250,000 will go to UNICEF, a child-focused charity that takes their efforts to help children in at-risk scenarios get the support and medical help that they need.
This donation is only a part of their #BethesdaAtHome campaign. The publisher will also be continuing other community efforts, like encouraging gamers and streamers playing their games to raise money to help. Twitch streams and other similar events, like the recent Games Done Quick weekend to raise money, have been one of many such examples of support.
The gaming industry has been hit very hard by the spread of COVID-19. Production and distribution have been particularly affected, with various items being completely out of stock due to work stoppages. Other companies have stepped in and helped out though, bringing some rays of hope in these dark times. Sony’s $100 million global relief fund and the 9,500 N95 masks donated by Nintendo are just a couple of these plans being implemented.