Hot on the heels of military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop’s announcement of what should be the nation’s largest Veteran’s Day video gaming event, the“8-Bit Salute to Veterans”, Tripwire Interactive fires the first salvo as the first organization to step up pledge a major contribution in support of the November 10th event and the soldiers. The 8-Bit Salute to Veterans is a countrywide event occurring Saturday, November 10 th, involving a variety of organizations throwing parties in DC, LA, NYC, Dallas, and Chicago to raise donations for the charity and general awareness in gamers about Veteran’s Day.
Alan Wilson, Vice President of Tripwire Interactive, had this to say:
"Here at Tripwire Interactive, we've supported Operation Supply Drop very quietly over the last couple of years. We also promised our community that we would donate 10% of the revenue from the digital sales of 'Ash Harding', our first female DLC character for Killing Floor, to charity. On seeing OSD's Salute to Veterans' posting, we decided this is the perfect combination. So all the money raised for charity from those sales will go to OSD, for them to use to provide the troops out in the dirt with some entertainment. We strongly encourage anyone else who can participate to do so. Think of it like this:every time you terminate a Zed while playing as Ash Harding, you're also entertaining some of our troops out in the field. So get to it!"
Based on projected sales of the skin through October, that turns out to be a surprisingly large donation which will be used to build video game care packages for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror (I certainly wouldn’t be wasting your time with a press release if it wasn’t!)
About Operation Supply Drop
Operation Supply Drop is a military gaming 501c3 non-profit charity founded by ex-Army Ranger Captain Stephen“Shanghai Six” Machuga, designed to send video game care packages full of video games and swag to units stationed in high threat deployment zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization has been active for two years and has raised over $60,000 in donations for deployed soldiers. For more details, head to OSD’s website at www.operationsupplydrop.org or contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
" About Tripwire Interactive
Based in Roswell, Georgia, Tripwire Interactive is an entertainment software developer and publisher founded in 2005 by the award-winning mod team and winners of the 2004 edition of the "$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal" competition. The team released Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, to both critical and commercial success, garnering several awards including "Multiplayer Game of the Year" and "FPS of the Year". This was followed by the immensely popular Killing Floor, which went straight to the top of the best-seller list on Steam and has now sold over 1.25m units, making it one of the best-selling PC games of all time. Red Orchestra 2 was released in September 2011, to high praise and PC Gamer's award for "FPS of the Year (Multiplayer)". Along with publishing other Indie titles, Tripwire Interactive continues to build a reputation for strong support for all their titles over a prolonged period of time. For more information visit Tripwire Interactive's website at www.tripwireinteractive.com."