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Bethesda and ZeniMax donate $1 million for COVID-19 relief efforts

Published: 14:04, 28 April 2020
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Bethesda and ZeniMax have joined the long line of game studios that decided to directly support the COVID-19 relief efforts with a hefty donation of $1 million.

"Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax Media and our global family of studios want to do more than keep you entertained and connected through our games during the COVID-19 pandemic", they wrote in the announcement. 

Fallout 76's maker will be donating $1 million to a few organisations on the proverbial frontline, so the funds will go to those that need it the most. 

Out of the total amount, $500,000 goes to Direct Relief, a charity whose work includes providing safety equipment to health care workers, while $250,000 is for UNICEF, an organisation that should need no introduction by now. 

The final $250,000 is reserved for local COVID-19 relief efforts to local communities across the globe, which will be distributed by Bethesda's studios and international offices.

By now, the impact of the pandemic is undeniable in just about every industry and while not alone in this task, Bethesda certainly deserve every bit of praise for their generous donation. 

It's well worth saying that the entire gaming industry has been pretty great throughout this situation, and there isn't a shortage of free games coming from just about every developer and platform. Players and developers alike are encouraged to stay at home, and what better pastime than gaming?

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"Whether it's playing games, watching streams, or however you're choosing to stay active during these challenging times, we encourage you to find ways to stay connected to others while we continue to observe social distancing guidelines in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy", they concluded. 

You can find the statement in full here.

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