Gamers can play all day and night to help raise funds to send video game equipment and titles to U.S. troops deployed to combat zones, or to troops recovering in military hospitals, during Operation Supply Drop’s third annual fundraising event, the 8-Bit Salute, on May 17 – 18, 2014.
Funds and donations raised by Operation Supply Drop (a military-focused video game charity) during the 24-hour gaming marathon will be used to create care packages full of video gaming gear for troops in Afghanistan, as well as various recovery centers across the country, offering stress-relief and a much needed diversion for our heroes in uniform.
Machinima sensation Rooster Teeth (creators of the award-winning Red vs Blue series), gaming juggernaut Wargaming America (World of Tanks, World of Warplanes), developer Naughty Dog (creators of Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, and The Last of Us) and gaming-headset powerhouse ASTRO Gaming have pledged significant support and will field fundraising teams via the newly-rebuilt Operation Supply Drop website.
Fans will be able to log into the site to either join these teams or create teams of their own to raise funds for the troops, while also having a chance to win a variety of prizes. More than a dozen additional video game developers and publishers will be fielding fund-raising teams, supplying donations and video games to ensure that this year’s 8-Bit Salute is the most successful to date.
“Rooster Teeth is excited to grow the partnership we have with Operation Supply Drop as well as provide assistance to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country,” Rooster Teeth co-Founder Gus Sorolla said. “Now that Operation Supply Drop has a local presence in Austin, we look forward to further collaboration.”
About Operation Supply Drop:
Founded in 2010 by Army Airborne Ranger, Captain Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3) public charity that sends video game themed care packages to U.S. military troops both deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. To date, Operation Supply Drop has raised more than $700,000 in games and gear from across the gaming community and has helped approximately 2,500 servicemen and women worldwide.