Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. announced it has raised and is donating over $20,000 to Gamers Outreach in support of the foundation’s mission to provide recreation and entertainment to children recovering from the treatment of long-term illnesses in hospitals through the power of video games. The donated funds will go directly to the creation of additional “GO Karts” or Gamers Outreach Karts – portable, medical-grade gaming kiosks which healthcare staff can use to transport gaming consoles and games to children who are not able to leave their rooms during their recovery. GO Karts have already been stationed at nearly 50 hospitals around the United States and support over 450,000 children annually during their recoveries.
“As a video game company, Bandai Namco Entertainment America is excited to see the power of video games brighten the day of a child recovering from illness. Video games can transport children to distant lands for grand adventures, empower them with superpowers, and most importantly, deliver a simple smile and some comfort,” said Denny Chiu, Director, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. “By lifting their spirits, we hope to help these brave young patients through their healing process and provide a semblance of fun and normalcy to their day. We also want to thank our generous fans who donated funds during our live stream, our combined donations will surely add a boost to help Gamers Outreach in its mission of bringing joy, creating smiles, and making the day special for countless kids.”
“We’re incredibly grateful to the team from Bandai Namco Entertainment America for this generous gift of more than $20,000 in support of providing entertainment devices to hospitalized children,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “As an organization, our focus is to help normalize the hospital experience by ensuring games and recreation are available to patients, and easy for healthcare professionals to manage. GO Karts are a tool hospital staff rely on as a way to deliver content to patients who have limited accessibility during treatment. The GO Karts built by Bandai Namco Entertainment America will be making a difference in the lives of children and their families for years to come!”
Funds donated by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. are comprised of charitable donations raised during an eight hour “Let’s Play Anime” charity live stream which raised $5,484 from viewers and fans. The live stream featured gameplay segments featuring Bandai NamcoEntertainment’s latest games. The live stream was hosted by Bandai Namco team members and social media influencers. During the program, viewers made donations in support of the live stream to benefit Gamers Outreach. Additional funds were donated by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. by matching the $5,484 donated by live stream viewers and with an additional $10,000 for a grand donation total of $20,968.