Last week, Doom co-creator John Romero released a new level for Doom 2. His first since 1994 – to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. It’s a simple deal: A card called One Humanity costs 5 euros (Romero now lives in Ireland but comes out to about $4.35). And all funds raised will go to support the people affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is a small individual amount, but in total, it is more than 25,000 euros (27,200 US dollars). All of which will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
Thank you for all the support we’ve received for One Humanity. The DOOM II map is dedicated to helping Ukraine. So far, more than 25 thousand euros have been collected. And 100% of donations go to the Red Cross in Ukraine and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund. https://t.co/1meRjC0IJZMarch 7, 2022
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Romero’s efforts to support the people of Ukraine are one of many made by the gaming industry. Since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24th. 11 Bit Studios. All In Games and The Farm 51, CD Projekt, GOG, Bungie, Amanita Design, 4A Games, Digital Extremes, Facepunch Studios, and more have pledged significant donations to humanitarian agencies working in the country. Most major game publishers have also stopped selling games in Russia. Itch.io launched its Bundle for Ukraine, a vast collection of nearly 1,000 games that raises funds for the International Medical Corps. And children’s voices. The One Humanity card is still available for purchase on romero.com. If you haven’t installed it yet, you’ll need a working copy of Doom 2 and a modern source port to run it.
Update: One Humanity exceeded 27,000 euros for Ukraine – more than 29,500 dollars.