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Don't Starve studio Klei donates $1m to #BlackLivesMatter causes

Don't Starve studio Klei donates $1m to #BlackLivesMatter causes

Canadian indie developer Klei Entertainment has donated $1m to causes that promote civil rights, equality and fight racial injustice.

In a post on the company's forums, founder Jaime "Bigfoot" "Cheng said that the studio wanted to make the world "a safer, more equal place" and was giving $1m which would be split between the ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. To put that sum into context, it's more than much larger companies like Electronic Arts, Square Enix and Ubisoft have contributed.

"As a part of the global community, we believe each of us need to do our part to make the world a safer, kinder, more equal place," Cheng wrote.

"As a studio we have much to learn and we do our best to contribute. While we regularly donate to local and global causes, we generally do not announce them and prefer to do the work quietly.

"In this instance, we feel it is important to let others know we are standing with them, and hopefully inspire others to contribute as best they can.

"Black Lives Matter, and we stand with the Black community."

Klei is one of many video games companies that have supported the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Others include Humble, which has pledged $1m to publish games from black creators, while Microsoft's Double Fine has donated $12,000 to anti-racist charities. Fellow Xbox Game Studios developer 343 Industries is donating all microtransaction revenue from Halo 5 between June 19th and July 19th to the NAACP.

Indie games store Itch.io has raised more than $3.7m at the time of writing with its Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality offering. Riot Games is putting $10m behind minority-led studios, as well as donating $1m to social justice causes

You can find out how you can help out right here.


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