Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced that it will partner with game-focused video streaming service Twitch to raise funds for the third-annual 8-Bit Salute. The 8-Bit Salute event is an annual 24-hour gaming marathon taking place this year from May 17-18. Donations raised during this year's charity event will fund video game care packages to U.S. military personal deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and those recovering in military hospitals.
Twitch will promote the marathon before and during the event and encourage their top broadcasters to participate. Twitch broadcaster “Trick2g” has already pledged his support. Other key partners (providing donations) include developer Naughty Dog and gaming-headset maker ASTRO Gaming. They will also form teams to participate in the event.
"Operation Supply Drop is providing an incredible service to our country’s armed forces with a thoughtful and unique approach," said Ben Goldhaber, Director of Content Marketing, Twitch. "Twitch and our community are big supporters of philanthropic endeavors, so we applaud anyone who uses our platform to make a difference."
"Operation Supply Drop could not be more excited to add Twitch to our arsenal of high-powered supporters from the games industry," added Glenn "Commander" Banton, Chief Marketing Officer and Chairman of the Board for Operation Supply Drop. "The massive audience reach of Twitch and the power of its community of gamers is unparalleled, and we know they will be among the leaders in this effort to support our troops at home and abroad."
For more information on this year's 8-Bit Salute, visit www.operationsupplydrop.org.