It has been truly heartbreaking to see and hear about the Australian bushfire crisis over the last few months. It's an enormous tragedy with millions of animals and dozens of people lost to the country-wide inferno. We don't want to harp on the point too much, as we're sure you all know about this by now, but it's a natural disaster that's impossible to ignore.
Fortunately, there are many ways for everyone to help. Numerous charities have been raising money to aid the Aussies, and that now includes Sony Foundation Australia. In an effort to help fundraise for young Australians affected by the fires -- as well as donating $200,000 itself -- PlayStation is set to host several gaming livestreams over on Twitch, with appearances from various Worldwide Studios teams.
The whole event is taking place throughout February. Here's a breakdown of what Sony's getting up to, as seen on the PlayStation Blog:
- 14th February – Media Molecule from 4pm – 6pm GMT and the Dreams Community through the day
- 19th February – Naughty Dog from 6:30pm – 8:30pm GMT (10:30am – 12:30pm PT)
- 20th February – Insomniac Games’ President and Founder, Ted Price, from 9pm – 10:30pm GMT (1PM – 2:30PM PT)
- 21st February -- Sid Shuman and Shuhei Yoshida team up for a joint stream
You'll of course be able to tune into these streams and donate to the cause. More importantly, though, you're able to help raise even more funds by hosting a livestream yourself. If you visit Sony Foundation Australia's site, you're not only able to donate directly, you can also register to be part of a Tiltify campaign. This basically means that any money you raise during your own livestream will be added to a grand total. Hosting your own fundraiser in this manner between the 1st and 23rd February will put you and your audience into various prize draws; when certain milestones are met, you could win all kinds of neat Sony products. Your viewers, meanwhile, could win a trip to Bali for donating $100 or more.
Again, visit the charity's website for all the info. It's a great initiative, and you could win some cool prizes in the process. Will you be tuning into Sony's streams, or even hosting your own? Let us know in the comments below.