March 14th, 2011, 22:02 Posted By: bandit
Japan is home to some of the biggest gaming companies in the world. With reports that last week's earthquake killed thousands of people and devastation in the country, the gaming community and companies has started to respond by sending relief and donations.
Nintendo, which is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has announced it will donate 300 million yen ($3.6 million) to the relief effort.
Sony Corporation also has announced that it will be giving 300 million yen in earthquake relief along with 30,000 radios to help those working with the relief effort.
Sega Sammy is giving 200 million yen while Tecmo Koei will be donating 10 million yen to Japan Red Cross. Namco Bandai is donating 100 million yen through parent Bandai Namco Group. The company will also be suspending operations in arcades where power conservation is needed, and will be holding back on events.
But it isn't just Japanese game-related companies that are donating to the effort. Microsoft has announced that it's giving an initial $2 million to help with relief efforts. Meanwhile, social gaming community Gaia Online has designed a series of virtual goods and will send the proceeds from those goods to the Red Cross.
When Haiti was hit with their devastating earthquake last year, we (DCEmu Reviews) took donations which we we sent the American Red Cross. However, PayPal suspended my account even though we were doing a good cause. I had to refund the payments (even though we already submitted our donations to the ARC) in order for my account to be reinstated (it was also my personal account). So rather than go through this whole ordeal again, if you would like to help and donate whether it be $1, $5 or even $100, you can send donations to the American Red Cross. If you are unable to send payment, watch the news, read the newspapers or find out from your locals to see how you can help.
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