Get Three Games For $5 As GoG Partners Up With Charities

by Mike Futter on Nov 05, 2013 at 09:30 AM

GoG is teaming up with three charities to give gamers three games for a minimum donation of $5. The deal is running now for a week.

The three participating charities are the World Wildlife Fund, which works to protect animals and the habitats in which they live; Gaming for Good, a charity that raises money for children in Africa (which we’ve previously covered); and Worldbuilders, founded by author Patrick Rothfuss and tasked with alleviating international poverty. Gamers start by picking one of the three to support.

From there, players can choose from a list of titles. The first three games cost a minimum of a $5 donation. Every title thereafter raises the minimum by $1.67. Here’s the list of participating games:

  • Botanicula
  • Creatures Village
  • Darwinia
  • Driftmoon
  • FTL: Faster Than Light
  • Incredipede
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Pid
  • Waking Mars
  • The Whispered World

GoG is making sure that 100 percent of every donation goes to charity. This means that the company will be matching some of the funds to offset credit card fees, VAT, and other expenses. GoG estimates that it will be contributing $.25 on every dollar.

The developers of the participating games are waiving their royalties as part of the charity event. You can participate by heading over to


Our Take
It’s common to see charities passing along a post-fee portion of funds raised. GoG is going above and beyond in this case. Ensuring that 100 percent of donations make it to these charities is practically unheard of. It’s important to know how much of your contribution to any nonprofit endeavor makes it to the mission you want to support. I can assure you (as someone who used to work in fundraising) that it isn’t as common as you might think that 100 percent of contributions are used to help the cause.