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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.