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War Child to benefit from digital game compilation

War Child to benefit from digital game compilation

Children’s charity War Child is to benefit from an international compilation of   created in a ‘studio game jam’ event.

The compilation, HELP: Real War is Not a Game, comes 20 years after the charity benefited from a musical collaboration and compilation, Help, featuring bands and artists including Oasis, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller, Blur and Paul McCartney. This series of albums raised £1.5 million for the charity.

War Child's Help album, 1995

In 1995 War Child benefited from its first music compilation album.

The transition from music album to game album demonstrates just how much the gaming industry has grown and developed over the past 20 years.

The studios that have agreed to take part in the compilation’s creation have between them sold over 100 million games. They include A Brave Plan, Bossa Studios, Carbon Games, Curve Digital, Hardlight, Sports Interactive, and Torn Banner.

They will take part in a six-day game jam in various places around the world during which they will create a range of games for HELP: Real War is Not a Game.

Technology firms including Unity and Gamemaker are also providing their services to participants for free.

HELP: Real War is Not a Game will be released through Steam and other digital download platforms in late March 2016.

Duty of Care

This Summer War Child published a video to promote its petition to protect children in war. It uses a gaming style to get its message across. Please note it has graphic content.

Main photo: Radu Bercan /

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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