Games For Gaza Fundraising Bundle Surpasses First Goal In Hours

Games For Gaza, an fundraiser for Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP) that features 256 items ranging from games, stories, soundtracks, game assets, and more, reached its first, $10,000 goal within hours of its October 27 launch. is known for its fundraising bundles—in 2020 it sold both a $5 bundle for racial justice and anothe to help recoup funds for developers after GDC 2020 was canceled. Just this past summer, it offered 300 games/visual novels/art packs for $60, the proceeds of which went to the LGBTQIA+ creators of said content. So, it’s not surprising that would offer a $10 bundle to help support UK-based MAP, an organization that offers essential health care for Palestininans.

What is surprising, however, is how fast the bundle reached and surpassed its $10,000 goal. It was released on October 27 at around 11 a.m. EST, and by 3:15 p.m. EST bundle sales had raised more than $17,000. All of that money will go to Medical Aid For Palestinians.

“MAP is also committed to bearing witness to the injustices caused by occupation, displacement and conflict. We speak out in the UK and internationally, and ensure Palestinian voices are heard at the highest levels, to press for the political and social barriers to Palestinian health and dignity to be addressed,” the official MAP website reads.

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Games For Gaza was created in response to the increase in regional violence that has taken place in Palestine after Hamas, an Islamic political and military organization governing the Gaza strip (home to over 2 million Palestinians who were displaced there), attacked Israel on October 7, killing nearly 1,500 people. Since October 7, Palestine (specifically the Gaza Strrip) has been facing a nearly endless onslaught of bombings courtesy of the Israeli Defense Forces. At the time of writing, the Palestinian death toll has reportedly surpassed 7,000.

The Games For Gaza bundle includes Arcade Spirits; a romantic comedy narrative game; Muddledash, a four-person co-op octopus racing game; You Are A Wizard, a “game where you’re a dang ol’ wizard;” two-player game In The Air Tonight; and over 200 more TTRPGs, RPGs, soundtracks, journaling games, interactive novels, and more. It’s all just $10—and for an undeniably good cause. The bundle’s organizer, a game designer named Esther, shared a post on X that read, “My one request for folks supporting this bundle, either monetarily or by boosting it, is that you also find other ways to act up for Palestine. Call your representatives and urge them to call for an end to the occupation. Learn about Palestine. Support Palestinian organizers.”

Reached by Kotaku, Esther commented:

I’m honestly thrilled that the goal got met so fast; I had high hopes for us to surpass the initial goal, but one can never be totally sure of what will happen. I am so deeply grateful to everyone who contributed their games and to everyone who has bought the bundle thus far. I hope we can raise much more for Medical Aid For Palestinians, and that we can all take actions in addition to supporting this bundle to be in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Correction 10/27/2023 4:10 p.m. ET: The story originally published with the wrong headline and an erroneous goal figure.

Update 10/27/2023 4:15 p.m. ET: Added comment from organizer.


Internet Drags ‘Scumbag’ xQc For Gaza Reaction Video

Rampant gambler, content-stealer, and little stinker xQc—aka superstar Twitch and Kick streamer Félix Lengyel—is in trouble again. The content creator has been posting video “reactions” to war footage since the most recent inflammation of the Israel-Hamas war in early October. People online are disturbed, but Lengyel doesn’t mind, since he’s still making so much money.

“when I think about what scumfuck degenerate content parasites look like,” the YouTuber Noodle wrote on Twitter, “I don’t think I could possibly create parody more on the nose than this.”

Lengyel responded to Noodle’s criticism with a picture of his stacks of cash. When YouTuber Kwite weighed in and told Lengyel that his “soul remains empty,” Lengyel replied, “Your bank account relates,” alongside a photo of a glittering, diamond-encrusted watch.

“Everybody got so mad,” Lengyel said in a recent stream about the Twitter backlash. “They think that this is about war, this is about this, everybody’s just victimizing and whatever.”

But “I came to a topic that I had no education on,” Lengyel said. “People say, ‘you have a responsibility with your platform to know about this,’ whatever. I was like, ‘Okay, let’s learn about this.’”

Lengyel’s reactions to the ongoing Palestinian genocide are sometimes neutral (“xQc Learns About Gaza”), sometimes bumbling (“Learning About The Israel-Palestine Conflict So You Don’t Have To”), and always absurd in the context of his other streams and videos (“TIKTOKS THAT MAKE YOU DIE LAUGHING!,” “Some of these TikToks made me laugh out loud,” “TIKTOKS THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!”).

“As I already explained,” Lengyel continued to say in his recent stream, “this was not about, like, war and death, it was about, just, dumbass behavior regardless of what the context is.”

That sums it up. We don’t need to siphon malformed geopolitical opinions from xQc, a 27-year-old Overwatch player with a bedroom full of, as he said once, “crusted-up liquid,” although his massive online following bleakly makes him one of the most influential people in the world. We should reevaluate. We’re probably better than this.