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GamesAid raises £125,000 for charity

Codemasters, Eurogamer, Relentless and more lead games industry charity initiative

GamesAid, has announced that it has raised more than GBP 125,000 since October 2008 through a number of industry-led initiatives.

In addition, Andy Payne has been appointed as chairman and Sarah Seaby as vice chairman, while Mark Ward from Bastion and Richard Stickler from Gem Distribution are now Trustees of the charity.

Codemasters raised GBP 102,581 from sales of Colin McRae: DIRT and Eurogamer raised GBP 15,982 from sales of tickets for the Eurogamer Expo 2008.

GamesAid also benefited from the work of fundraisers, including a charity poker event held by Relentless Software, an auction of Golden Joysticks tickets by Future Publishing, an auction of a life-size Jack Sparrow statue by Disney Interactive Studios, an auction of games promotional merchandise by PC Zone and a sizeable contribution from Ian Livingstone, creative director at Eidos.

"In these challenging times it really does continue to amaze me that so much great work can be done by so many great people," Payne commented.

"The money raised is staggering. I would also like to thank Greg Ingham and Andrew Eades for their energy and commitment to get a games industry charity 2.0 launched last year, and welcome aboard Mark and Richard who have helped ESC and GamesAid in the past."

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