Update: Moon Studios, iam8bit and Skybound Games have announced that December's sales drive to help Rainforest Trust raised $58,000 (or £43,000 GBP) for the charity. Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, co-owners of iam8bit, have shared the following message:
“As the publishers of the Ori series on Nintendo Switch, we could not be more thrilled by the outcome of this drive. Between Moon Studios’ eco-positive storytelling and Rainforest Trust’s incredible work protecting rainforests around the world, we are humbled by the fans that helped us raise $58,000 for Rainforest Trust’s cause, and honored to partner with such an organization.”
The teams say that at an average cost of $2 an acre, the $58,000 raised will protect 29,000 acres of rainforest habitat – a space said to be around 83 times the size of London’s Hyde Park, or equivalent to 36 times the size of Snowdonia.
Well done to everyone involved!
Original Article (Wed 9th Dec, 2020 12:30 GMT): The teams responsible for the recent physical releases of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch – iam8bit, Skybound Games, and developer Moon Studios – have all come together to support Rainforest Trust.
iam8bit has announced that it will be donating $25,000 to "aid in the conservation of the most threatened tropical forests and saving endangered wildlife." But gaming fans can get involved, too, as 5% of all Nintendo Switch and iam8bit sales this week will go directly to support Rainforest Trust’s efforts. Here's how it works:
Between December 8-13, iam8bit will automatically process donations on behalf of fans, regardless of region. Fans can participate in three ways:
- Download Ori and the Will of the Wisps from the Nintendo eShop
- Purchase Ori and the Will of the Wisps physical edition from any retailer globally, including Amazon (worldwide), Game (UK), Best Buy, GameStop and hundreds of others.
- Purchase the Ori Collector’s Edition directly from iam8bit.com
iam8bit co-owners Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White explain why they've decided to do some good with their marketing budget:
"iam8bit’s very first game as a publisher is Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Nintendo Switch. As a publisher, we considered how best to spend the game's marketing budget, and decided to shake things up to try and make a positive difference with that money.
"As we’ve worked with Moon Studios to publish the Ori series on Nintendo Switch, we’ve been struck by their dedication to expressing nature as a living, breathing entity worthy of protection. Following their lead, we wanted to do our part to preserve nature, and are excited to work with the wonderful and dedicated people at Rainforest Trust to do just that."
You can learn more about Rainforest Trust and its work safeguarding endangered tropical habitats at its official website.