New retro-inspired gaming campaign taking players back to classics with RE-PLAY
10 April 2018
War Child UK, the charity behind the award-winning Armistice campaign, and its US based partner Children in Conflict, today launch the newest edition to the gaming calendar. RE-PLAY takes players back to their childhood favourites with downloadable retro content and events all to raise money and awareness for children affected by conflict.
RE-PLAY encourages gamers to reconnect with games from their childhood while helping protect the right to play for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
A campaign highlight will be an interactive livestream hosted by comedian Steve McNeil featuring celebrity guests and well-known gamers playing their favourite childhood games. The livestream will kick off at 1pm BST on 12th April on UNILAD Gaming and include must-watch guests, YouTube sensations TomSka, Ashens, and NitroLuke DX, eSports team FNATIC, with more to be announced.
Players will also be able to take part in the campaign by purchasing games on the Steam Flash RE-PLAY Sale [http://store.steampowered.com/sale/replay2018] which will be available from 12-14th April. The Steam Sale will include older and newer versions of games including XCOM and Civilization series from 2K, OlliOlli 2 from Roll7, Psychonauts from Double Fine and more.
Smartphone users can download Monster Legends for free and purchase a $0.99 gem pack, called ‘War Child Solidarity Pack’, between 12-19th April to unlock exclusive retro content - 100% of net developer proceeds will go to supporting children affected by war. Kongregate’s retro-inspired Tinker Island will also be taking part in the initiative and will be donating 100% of revenue for 24 hours on 15th April.
Gamers are also in for a treat as limited-run retro-themed tees, exclusively designed by Bethesda Softworks®, 343 Industries™, Roll7, Wargaming, ustwo and Social Point, will be available to buy from the GameOn tee online store [https://GameOn.teemill.com/] at £20 per shirt until the 3rd May 2018 where proceeds will be going to War Child UK.
Wayne Emanuel, Gaming Partnerships Manager at War Child UK says: “RE-PLAY is a campaign about reflecting on childhood and reinforcing the idea that every child has the right to play. For hundreds of thousands of children forced to live in or flee conflict, playing and its link to developing a child’s identity, creative thinking and problem solving, is often overlooked. We’re really excited to be supported in our initial year with past supporters such as Wargaming, 2K, Team17, Double Fine and Social Point along with new partners including Bethesda Softworks, Roll7, Ustwo, and Kongregate.”
Nearly 250 million children are living in countries affected by conflict, with the majority at risk of not reaching their full potential because they don’t have safe spaces to play or have access to education.
That’s why, War Child has developed its Can’t Wait To Learn programme, an innovative project which gives children the opportunity to learn by playing educational games on tablet computers. Providing mobile access to education means that in communities where schools have been damaged or teachers are absent, there are still engaging and fun ways to learn. All games are custom built and designed to reflect the syllabus of the country where they’re used, and it has proven to positively change the way children learn and develop.
War Child UK, together with its US based partner Children in Conflict support working 15 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America providing protection, education and longer term livelihood solutions to children affected by conflict.
For more information about RE-PLAY and the gaming studios that are participating, visit https://www.warchild.org.uk/RE-PLAY or follow @WarChild_Gaming on Twitter or search the hashtag #retroREPLAY.