Following the controversy surrounding the recent GamerGate scandal, in which a genuine concern about the relationships between game developers and journalists escalated to the point that insults were thrown and threat of physical violence were made, a fundraiser has been started on the CrowdRise website to donate money to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The fundraiser started with a goal of $2,000 dollars, which was met within hours, and has since gone on to raise more than $5,000 at the time of writing. It acts as a reminder that, even during incidents where gamers are cast in a poor light, the majority still wish to do do good and enhance the profile of videogames in the mainstream sector.
The fundraiser was organised by a person named Lo Ping, who added that the fundraiser was created to raise awareness of depression and provide extra helps for those who are unable to escape their depression through playing games, or have been subject to verbal abuse in the wake of the GamerGate scandal.
Games are, at their core, intended to be an enjoyable experience for those playing them recognition of this fact and the positive effects gaming can have on people, is at the foundation of the appeal.
While the fundraiser is focused on an American charity, it has achieved its goal of raising awareness of depression, specifically in the gaming community, and has provided a voice for gamers during a period where the industry has been shaken in the wake of GamerGate.
If you would like to donate to the fundraiser it is still active on the CrowdRise website and can be accessed by clicking here.