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Well, it looks like the Team Fortress 2 community is one of the most charitable in all of gaming. On its Team Fortress site, Valve just revealed that its sale of limited edition in-game hats for TF2 has raised a whopping $430,543.65 in only a little over two weeks. That's an impressive number, and just another example of how the game industry has rallied around the people of Japan during the tragic events of recent weeks. While the TF 2 hat sale is over, it's never too late to donate to the Red Cross, or check out some of the charitiable auctions being conducted by industry insiders for Japan relief over at PlayForJapan.org.
Update Via Joystiq
Valve's Team Fortress 2 has one of the most devoted communities in all of gaming, and now the company is hoping that TF 2 players will as generous with their dollars as they are with their time.Today on the Team Fortress website, Valve announced that it would be selling some limited edition in-game items in Team Fortress to to benefit Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. Here's the word directly from Valve:To support the relief efforts currently underway in Japan, we're introducing three limited edition hats and two special noisemakers to the Mann Co. store. The "Humanitarian's Hachimaki" ($7.99), the "Benefactor's Kanmuri" ($19.99) and the most prestigious "Magnanimous Monarch" ($99.99) will be available from now through April 6. All proceeds (net of applicable taxes) will go directly towards the Japanese disaster relief fund that the American Red Cross has set up. The hats can be equipped by all classes; however, they cannot be traded or used for crafting.After April 6, none of these items will be available in any form. We encourage you to spend as much as you are comfortable with contributing to this good cause.As always, we encourage people to give to Japan relief in any way you see fit, but this seems like a pretty fun way to do so.
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you know you've got a winner there...I seriously considered paying 99.99 for a fake hat for a second. Nice job valve.
when a country is in a crisis what should we do ??? SELL HATS!!!
Good job guys!! Let's help Japan!
great idea, but might make a bit more sales if one hat didnt cost $100 dollars lol. still, best of luck
I keep sending news tips about these TF2 things! Why am I not sourced?
Oh man, if I saw someone wear that 100 dollar hat, I would either laugh or stand in total awe.
The point is not to get the hat but to help out and I understand that. I have Orange Box on 360, great set of games, but never played TF2 since I was not online at the time. Good on you, Valve.
good thing I don't own TF 2 because I would be broke. ( I bought the LBP 2 dynamic logo costume that was only available for the first week for 4.99)
Sold. I'm going for the most expensive one.
I've spent more than $99 on pixelated items in the past, and this is for a good cause so what the hell.
Good job for Valve, its great that they are erning money for Japan, Its also cool that they are doing it in such an awsome way.
Nice move Valve. This should be a tremendous help.
Can't wait to spend $100 on a hat...
This a good gesture from Valve. By the way, the Xbox 360 TF2 version sucks compared to the pc. Get it for the pc, it is a must have, tons of weapons, creative and fun hats, plus more!
Gotta love gifts for donating...