TF2 Players Buy $430,000 in Hats for Japan

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TF2 Players Buy $430,000 in Hats for Japan

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Either TF2 players really love Japan, or they really love virtual hats.

A few weeks ago, Valve added three new in-game hats to the TF2 store in order to raise money for relief efforts in Japan following the devastating Sendai earthquake and tsunami. The "Humanitarian's Hachimaki," worn here by the Heavy, sold for $7.99, the "Benefactor's Kanmuri" (Sniper) went for $19.99, and the "Magnanimous Monarch" (on the right) cost a staggering $100.

For all we joke about the game becoming Hat Fortress 2, Valve's charity drive worked astoundingly well. According to the Valve TF2 blog, in just two weeks players bought $430,543.65 worth of hats to donate to disaster relief funds. That's more money than it costs to fire Sasha for twelve seconds, don't you know?

Joking aside, that's really heartwarming to see such generosity from gamers, especially in a sluggish economy. Special mention goes to the crew at the Unusual Hat Club, who managed to raise $3,000 on their own. It may not be $430,000, but every little bit helps.

(TF2 Blog)

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Nice to see microtransactions doing some good in the world.

Well who's gonna say no to a totally bad-ass Hat? And even better it's a bad-ass hat with feelings!

No one, that's who...

A nice hat that helps the world...
Nice.

Sasha would be touched

Anyone want to claim they did it for the hats in this thread, like the other one?

I hate to be negative over such a positive effort, but I'm I'm honestly a little disappointed it didn't raise more.

If you'd check the blog, they started the Hats for Help on the 23rd of March and by just six days on the 29th, it had raised "over $300,000." However when the sale ended on the 6th of April ten days later, the grand total was $430,543.65.

If the same momentum from the charity's start continued through March 29th to April 6th, they would've raised over $500,000 during the last ten days and by the end received over $800,000: more than twice the amount we ended up with.

And yeah, I pointed out to nearly every TF2 player I knew about this. Though I feel some of this might've been because of the unreliable nature of the MannCo store.

It's genuinly funny that a terrible math joke (that got contradicted by Heavy's related achievement) got one-upped by a real-life charity drive.

Go Japan!

Yaaaay! I helped.

And believe me, the Magnanimous Monarch makes you a total sniper target.

HankMan:
Sasha would be touched

Who touched Sasha..?

WHO TOUCHED MY GUN?!

Well, this is a good way to use the oodles of cash coming in from hat sales.

Good
though this all goes to Red Cross, right?

I heard the money that funnels in to the RC takes FOREVER to actually get to the disaster zone and help people out.

wish there were some more widespread charities to give to

Am I the only one who read it as TF2 player and not players, then thought holy shit who bought half a million worth of hats.

beema:
Good
though this all goes to Red Cross, right?

I heard the money that funnels in to the RC takes FOREVER to actually get to the disaster zone and help people out.

wish there were some more widespread charities to give to

I seriosly doubt that most of the money even gets there. Such a shame..

Iwana Humpalot:

I seriosly doubt that most of the money even gets there. Such a shame..

Yup, here we go:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-japan-relief-20110404,0,7537892.story

Pretty much every one of these charity events goes through the Red Cross, and the Red Cross is a big dumb slow beast that is shockingly ineffectual at distributing relief funds.

You'd be better off just stuffing some cash in an envelope and mailing it to a hospital/shelter in Japan.

I misread it as "Player Buys $430,000 in Hats for Japan" and was slightly alarmed, but not all that surprised.

D'aww, I'm touched

It's a downright shame 429,000 of that is going to valve...

ThePirateMan:

HankMan:
Sasha would be touched

Who touched Sasha..?

WHO TOUCHED MY GUN?!

I DID! When I went and donated it to Japan relief. It had 400000 dollars worth of bullets on it.

A Weakgeek:

ThePirateMan:

HankMan:
Sasha would be touched

Who touched Sasha..?

WHO TOUCHED MY GUN?!

I DID! When I went and donated it to Japan relief. It had 400000 dollars worth of bullets on it.

Let this be lesson to you..

NEVER.. NEVER MAKE ME ANGRY.

*Grabs Weakgeek and drags him down into the Escapist basement..*

*Shows him http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.211546-The-scary-thread*

Time to hide, cowards!

(God I love quoting the heavy.)

ThePirateMan:

A Weakgeek:

ThePirateMan:

Who touched Sasha..?

WHO TOUCHED MY GUN?!

I DID! When I went and donated it to Japan relief. It had 400000 dollars worth of bullets on it.

Let this be lesson to you..

NEVER.. NEVER MAKE ME ANGRY.

*Grabs Weakgeek and drags him down into the Escapist basement..*

*Shows him http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.211546-The-scary-thread*

Time to hide, cowards!

(God I love quoting the heavy.)

A weakgeek wanted to scream, but no sound left his throat, as his mind struggled to comprehend the sheer malevolence that is the scary thread, the bane of all kittens and everything that is cute. Before long, his mind could no longer bear the pressure, and he merely collapsed, simply a shell of his former self. So remeber kids, don' touch the Heavy's gun, or he will kindfuck you with smile.jpg.

OT: I'm incredibly happy for this to have happened

I cant believe people still donate to the red cross, when its clearly obvious they just keep most, if not all, of it.

The Red Cross collects a disturbing amount of cash and very little actually gets used for what its supposed to be for.

Just read up on it, you ARE on the internet if you dont believe me.

No one would donate to the Red Cross if they actually knew what they did with the money.

That said, I would think a smart company like valve would find a better company to donate to, as all this money will just be wasted. Truly sad.

quote="HankMan" post="7.276552.10744827"]Sasha would be touched[/quote]

I see what you did thar...

fare777:
It's a downright shame 429,000 of that is going to valve...

Team Fortress 2 Blog:
All proceeds (net of applicable taxes) will go directly towards the Japanese disaster relief fund that the American Red Cross has set up.

The Youth Counselor:
I hate to be negative over such a positive effort, but I'm I'm honestly a little disappointed it didn't raise more.

If you'd check the blog, they started the Hats for Help on the 23rd of March and by just six days on the 29th, it had raised "over $300,000." However when the sale ended on the 6th of April ten days later, the grand total was $430,543.65.

If the same momentum from the charity's start continued through March 29th to April 6th, they would've raised over $500,000 during the last ten days and by the end received over $800,000: more than twice the amount we ended up with.

And yeah, I pointed out to nearly every TF2 player I knew about this. Though I feel some of this might've been because of the unreliable nature of the MannCo store.

You shouldn't be a stockbroker. It fluctuated because the majority who wanted to donate quickly did so. There's no way it would maintain that momentum for a week.

This is awesomeness.

Edit: Wrong thread.

Although now I have posted, that is awesomesauce. I'm really loving the game companies that are doing stuff like this. Really nice of them.

The Youth Counselor:
I hate to be negative over such a positive effort, but I'm I'm honestly a little disappointed it didn't raise more.

If you'd check the blog, they started the Hats for Help on the 23rd of March and by just six days on the 29th, it had raised "over $300,000." However when the sale ended on the 6th of April ten days later, the grand total was $430,543.65.

If the same momentum from the charity's start continued through March 29th to April 6th, they would've raised over $500,000 during the last ten days and by the end received over $800,000: more than twice the amount we ended up with.

And yeah, I pointed out to nearly every TF2 player I knew about this. Though I feel some of this might've been because of the unreliable nature of the MannCo store.

Or perhaps because those that bought the hat weren't going to make the same purchase again and again.

You seem to have a poor understanding of economic transactions, once your consumer base has been informed unless there is a sudden increase in TF2 players you wont see the same sales numbers as you had in the beginning.

i totally would have contributed, honest, except i have been dead ass broke for the past 2 months. sorry japan, i promise to donate twice as much for your next disaster!

I might have bought one if not for the fact that Mann Store is in-game only and I can't currently run TF2.

I'm gonna go less with pity and more with, people really wanted those hats. Being a PC TF2 player myself I never purchase hats because I see them as useless. But damnit all if those virtual aesthetics didn't good for once.

If the Bank of Japan shuffels in around 175 billion dollars an later say "We do not need the money", were your hat-buying actions nothing more then selfish back-patting coupons.

Nawwwh I miss the Steam community ><

Fucking hate the Xbox Live community

Riot Geames did something similar in League of Legends and raised about 160.000 with the nurse akali skin:


http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=633653

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