Emmerse Studio, the independent party gaming developer, has made a festive donation of more than 800 copies of its flagship title Quirk! to Mission Christmas in conjunction with Wave 105 Radio.
The latest donation has now brought Emmerse Studio’s total number of games handed to charity appeals this year to more than 1,000, the equivalent to around £12,000. It follows a pledge of 100 games earlier this December to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
A palette of games were also donated to the Catholic Children’s Society, working alongside Summer Day Media, who had recently been helping Emmerse Studios promote its Legends card game on social media. A further 100 games went to Imagination Gaming in October this year to help spread the games among game libraries in schools across the UK.
“For me, there are two really fun parts about making a game, one is actually making the game itself but the most important one is seeing it light up the faces of children and adults,” Emma May, founder of Emmerse Studios and inventor of Quirk!, told ToyNews.
“We’re already having a phenomenal Christmas for a small indie brand such as mine, but the game is growing every year as more people discover it.”
May is now closing in on having sold 10,000 games in the past two years that Quirk! has been on the market, a not unsubstantial number for a solo self-publisher, but a drop in an ocean when compared to the vast number of games currently on the market.
“I wanted to find a way for more children to experience the fun and laughter Quirk! brings at Christmas and not only that, it’s a present they can share with their entire family,” said May.
“I always find time to laugh in my day, it’s probably one of the things I do the most in a day and it would be awesome to know I’m giving that gift to many others, in the form of Quirk!, who wouldn’t normally be able to afford presents at this time.
“When I heard the ad on the radio, it instantly stuck in my mind and was the first thing I looked up when I got home. I was delighted to find so many drop off locations close by and within a few hours of hearing the advert, I had donated the games.”
Through the donation, Emmerse Studio’s Quirk! is now expected to reach some 900 children this Christmas.
“This is a very exciting time for the game as we head into the New Year, and there’s certainly going to be a lot more to explore in 2020,” May concluded.