Minecraft: Mojang Charity Game Development Raises $450,000
You just have to hand it to the folks at Mojang. Not only did the independent game development shop put together the highly addictive and very popular mining/world construction game Minecraft, they also have hearts of gold. As we reported earlier, Mojang developed the RTS game Catacomb Snatch for charity. All proceeds of the Egyptian-themed shooter will go to charity.
If you haven’t snatched up a copy, here’s further incentive for you to get off the fence and donate – if the charity funds raised reaches $500,000, Mojang’s head honcho Markus “Notch” Persson has a bonus for game fans. What’s the incentive? Notch promises to alter his facial hair. Now, that’s a premium! The charity proceeds will be split up among the American Red Cross, charity:water, EFF, and Child’s Play. So far, over 80,000 game fans the world over have contributed to this campaign with a running average of $5.61 per head.
The top ten contributors, who each contributed more than $1000, get prizes that include 30 minutes of private server multiplayer time with the Mojang team and a signed version of Catacomb Snatch’s art print. Mojang is joined in its charity drive by developers Wolfire and Oxeye. These two development teams contributed the games The Broadside Express and Fists of Resistance respectively.