Industry Top Game Artists Unite in Battle Against Cancer

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Gamer for Life

Gamers for Good is a nonprofit based in LA, California. They have released a charity book titled, Gamer for Life: A Far Art Book for KKG , where So far 283 game artists have donated 476 art pieces that are used in the book to raise funds to fight against cancer.

You may be asking who/what is KKG?

I’ll turn to the indiegogo page for an explaination,”Kevin, a game developer at Blizzard was diagnosed with stage four Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, an incredibly rare cancer with no cure and no clear treatment path.”

Kevin

In the book you will find artwork from Kevin’s top 10 favorite games that was created by artists all over the world.

Gamer for Life top 10

About Gamers for Good

Gamers for Good formed for those who knew and loved Kevin to bond together and take action to support his battle with cancer. Our efforts soon spread across the globe and beyond those with personal connection to Kevin. Artists from Blizzard, Riot, Carbine, Activision, Microsoft, Ready at Dawn, GREE, Tencent, Turtle Rock and many more.

The initial goal for the funds raised by the book was to cover Kevin’s medical expenses. When Kevin passed he had no unpaid medical expenses. Gamers for Good was able to financially support his memorial event.

So, the more I have looked into this, the more impressed I am. Unfortunately Kevin (the person behind the inspiration for all of this) passed away, but his memory lives on through this project. Now, you may be asking yourself what else can I do? Even if you have donated you can still do a bit more. If you can’t afford to donate, you can still do something!

Other Ways You Can Help (from indiegogo.com)

We understand not everyone has money to give but you can still help. How you ask:

  • Share this donation campaign with your friends, family and co-workers.

  • Come volunteer at one of our service events.

  • Reach out to us if you have a service opportunity.

  • Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook. Subscribe to our newsletter at our website.

You can read more about this incredible venture in the press release below. Let us know in the comments what you think of this! As for me, I am off to pledge my donation!

PRESS RELEASE


Industry top game artists unite in battle against cancer.

February 23, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

Gamers for Good a nonprofit, based in Los Angeles, CA releases charity book, Gamer for Life: A Fan Art Book for KKG on an Indiegogo campaign last week. Gamer for Life is a Fan Art Tribute book. 283 game artists came together and donated 476 art pieces to be used in this campaign to raise funds for the fight against cancer.

Gamers for Good formed in 2012 for those who knew and loved Kevin Kanai Griffith (KKG), a Blizzard Diablo 3 artist, to bond together and take action to support his battle with ASPS cancer. Our efforts soon spread across the globe and beyond those with personal connection to Kevin. Artists from Blizzard, Riot, Carbine, Activision, Microsoft, Ready at Dawn, GREE, Tencent, Turtle Rock and many more.

Gamer for Life consists of fan art from Kevin’s top 10 favorite games created by game artists from all around the world.

Unfortunately in Oct. 2014 KKG passed away, as the content for the book was completed. We decided Kevin would have wanted us to see this through, so we continued production on the book as tribute to him and as an opportunity to show off the great positivity that can come from Gamers in action. His legacy will continue on in the form of this book made by his friends and fellow game artists.

Gamer for Life will only be available as a Thank you gift for donations to this campaign. It will not be for sale anywhere or be printed again. The proceeds of this campaign will be spilt between 2 cancer organizations, CureASPS.org and GameChanger.

We want this to be an opportunity for the Game Industry and Gamers to be a positive selfless force of service for others.

Campaign URL’s:
www.gamerforlife.org

http://www.kkgartbook.com

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gamer-for-life-kkg-fan-art-tribute-book/x/8270339
About Gamers for Good

www.Gamersforgood.com
Gamers for Good (G4G) came together as part of a response to gamers wanting to unite and be of service when needed. In a time where so much negativity can be attached to the game industry we are ready to give back and hopefully shed some positive light in the name of the game development community. The mission of the organization is; to provide charitable assistance for and in the name of Gamers and to educate the general public about game development as a positive part of our society. Gamers for Good is a registered 501©(3) charity Tax ID#46-2699186

Liz Cooper – Since she was a child, Liz has always been involved in the community. From Girls scouts to PTA, Liz has always sought out opportunities to lend a hand and make a difference. Liz has joined in efforts that have raised money, served at community events, mentored youth and instilled community pride. She has supported local friends to military families. She has helped multiple organizations align a digital presence with their workflows. Even as girl,she was always the geeky gamer girl, the one with the binary coding merit badge and Nintendo with a robot. Liz currently utilizes her skills in service for others as both President of Gamers for Good, but also as Associate Director of Placement and Alumni Relations at Gnomon in Hollywood, CA.

Peet Cooper – First and foremost, Peet Cooper is a lifelong gamer. At the age of 5 he was hooked on his first video game, Combat for the Atari 2600. Since then he has played, collected and analyzed thousands of games across every console and PC. As a game art generalist, Peet has contributed everything from Animation to Concept art, 3D characters, UI, Environment art, Illustration and Level design. He has had the opportunity to work on titles from Nintendo, EA, Blizzard and Activision on franchises such as Star Wars, Call of Duty, Diablo and World of Warcraft. Peet currently works as a lead artist at Riot Games. As Chief Creative Director of Gamers for Good, he drives the look and creative vision of the organization.

About Crystal Colwell

What's up everyone? Crystal here! I spend my time writing up the news for you all and keeping us all up to date with incoming game info from Japan. I do a little bit of everything else around here, too. 🙂 Happy Reading!




  • Josh S.

    A noble endeavor