BOSTON (April 24, 2014) – At PAX East 2014, Carbine Studios® made a special donation to Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in its network of 90 hospitals worldwide. Carbine Studios partnered with LEGO® artist and instructor Mariann Asanuma to bring a WildStar® Rocket House, an exclusive in-game item only available through pre-order, to life with 50,000 LEGOs. The sculpture, standing nearly three feet high and four feet long, will be auctioned off at the annual Child’s Play Dinner and Auction taking place later this year, with proceeds going to the partner hospitals and facilities in the Child’s Play network.
In addition to the LEGO sculpture, a $10,000 check was also presented to Child’s Play which will be donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital and the University of Massachusetts Children’s Medical Center.
“Child's Play is deeply grateful for the support of Carbine Studios and the WildStar team,” said Jamie Dillon, program coordinator and development, Child’s Play. “Creative, gamer-focused fundraising is the cornerstone of Child's Play and we're honored to be the recipient of both an incredible donation for two of our network hospitals as well as a work of LEGO art to be featured in our annual auction. These donations will allow us to provide video games to children who are in need of distraction, empowerment, entertainment and more. The contributions have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of sick kids, and we are so grateful to Carbine Studios and WildStar for their donation.”
“We wanted to not only find a fun way to bring a small piece of WildStar to life, but also see the efforts go to a good cause,” said Mona Hamilton, vice president of brands, Carbine Studios. “Child’s Play is a wonderful charity doing really great things with the gaming industry and we’re looking forward to seeing the result of the auction later this year. It was also important for us to say thanks by giving back to the Boston community; they’ve been great to us over the years at PAX East.”
For a list of partners and donation links, visit Child’s Play at www.childsplaycharity.org.
Unlike anything currently available, WildStar engages players with a beautiful and distinctive animation style, robust housing customization, and high-action combat that truly tests players’ skill with its fast-paced, reactive telegraph system. On top of that, the game’s personality is distinct in its own right; humorous, but laced with a mysterious undercurrent that implies there is more happening in the world than meets the eye. WildStar gives players the freedom to experience the game how they want to play, while providing an unprecedented level of exploration and discovery among the planet Nexus.
WildStar is set to launch worldwide on Tuesday, June 3. For more information on WildStar and its pre-order details, please visit: www.wildstar-online.com.
Child’s Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and child welfare facilities through the positive impact of video games and play. Founded in 2003, Child's Play has expanded to over 100 network facilities worldwide and the games community and industry have raised over $25 million in support of the cause. Grassroots fundraising and industry support represent the generous spirit of the community and make it possible to provide necessary entertainment and distraction for children suffering in hospitals and other child welfare facilities.
Carbine Studios is a software development company focused on making high-quality, conceptually innovative Massively Multiplayer Online games.
Located in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Carbine Studios was founded in 2005 as a division of NCSOFT Corporation® by a dedicated team of game industry veterans of watershed franchises such as World of Warcraft®, EverQuest®, Diablo® II and Fallout. The studio is currently hard at work on their sci-fi themed MMORPG, WildStar. For more information on Carbine Studios, please visit www.carbinestudios.com.
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