Bethesda Softworks has announced that it will be donating $1,000,000 to help offset the impact that COVID-19 has been having on people. The money is being split in three different ways with half of the money going to a charity called Direct Relief. The rest is going to be split between UNICEF and charities that are local to Bethesda offices and their employees. The recipient of those funds will be allocated by studios and international teams. The full details of how Bethesda is going to be allocating the funds is below:
- $500,000 will be given to Direct Relief, a charity which is directly involved in COVID-19 relief efforts, including the critically important work of providing personal protective equipment to health care workers.
- $250,000 will go to UNICEF, which partners with front-line responders around the world to keep children and their families safe and protected.
- $250,000 will be donated to local COVID-19 relief efforts within the communities where we work and live. These recipients will be chosen by our individual studios and international offices. This way we can support worthy charities fighting COVID-19 in our local communities across the world.
Bethesda is also streaming regularly to stay engaged with the community and to encourage people to stay at home during the COVID-19 lockdown, and during some of these streams it will be highlighting different charities that it is supporting so others can donate too. COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all of our lives and different industries, including the games industry. Recently, the PC release of Death Stranding was delayed to July by Kojima Productions. Iron Man VR and The Last of Us Part 2 have also been delayed indefinitely. Over the weekend, The Last of Us Part 2’s plot was leaked and it has been spreading all over the internet. We have put out a warning and steps you can take to avoid spoilers for the game.