For some reason, there are people who can’t stop (or won’t stop) looking at video games through the most negative lens possible. It’s baffling; especially when you consider the social impact of video games and how relevant they’ve become in pop culture. And to remedy this, veteran eSports company Twin Galaxies is launching a new initiative called #RightToGame.
Twin Galaxies is teaming up with celebrities like Stan Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rick Fox, Randy Jackson and more as a way to change the public perception of video games. These public figures will be auctioning off various items (Rick Fox is even letting go of two NBA championship rings!) to raise money to launch several different outlets, including:
- A new social media platform tailored for gamers.
- The Twin Galaxies website, where video game scores and “performances” are preserved, verified, discussed and commended by a worldwide online community.
- A mobile app for mobile gamers to chronicle and share their triumphs.
- Video game player-focused programs and competitions broadcasted through its media network Twin Galaxies Live that are designed to entertain and educate.
The campaign is taking donations ranging from $5 all the way to $1,500,000. If they reach their goal of $250,000, Twin Galaxies pledges to instantly donate $5,000 to Extra Life and another $5,000 to Crisis Text Line. Jace Hall, who refers to himself as Twin Galaxies’ Head Custodian, described the campaign as follows:
“There has always been a pervasive, negative notion that people who play video games are wasting their time and should be doing something “more productive” instead. Due to misconceptions about the activity, video games and the people who play them are always quickly blamed for bad things. The effect on gamers everywhere—especially young ones—is a downward social pressure that can take the form of bullying, shaming or embarrassment around an activity that they love.”
Anything to keep video games and their social impact viewed in a positive light is fine by me! The Indiegogo is up and running right now, so you can hop in right here to show your support.