Itching Independent package for Palestinian aid, a huge charity collection of over a thousand games, board role-playing games, soundtracks and more, has raised over $ 500,000 United Nations Relief and Works Agency efforts to provide food and aid to the people of Gaza.
Throughout the week, the Palestine package follows in the footsteps of last year's Bundle for Racial Justice, which raised more than $ 8.5 million for legal defense funds in the United States. This year’s charity race was organized by developer Alanna Linayre and once again has managed to climb a wide selection of well-known Indians and amateur developers.
The centerpiece of the package is Palestinian developer Rasheed Abueideh Liyla and the Shadows of War. But with an automatic submission process, the collection also includes everything from Minit, VVVVVV, Nuclear Throne and Art Sqool to more esoteric games like This discord has ghosts. Like last year, buying the package will also send you a link to a page full of downloads, instead of flooding your itchy library with 1,019 games at once.
"Independent games are unique because they can tell stories that are not seen in AAA or other games. We pour our life experiences into our games and share a piece of ourselves with the world," Linayre writes. "Palestinian game developers are no different in this regard, but they have the added challenges of limited access to basic services such as clean water, electricity, health care and food security."
With three days to go, here’s hoping the package can top a million before the end of the week. It's also nice to see that last year's package wasn't just unique. Itch may not have the reach of a Steam or an Epic, but it is quickly proving to be a powerful force for charity.