EA raises $18,000 for AIDS research

Employees at Battlefield, Mass Effect publisher take part in recent 2013 AIDS Walk San Francisco.

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Electronic Arts employees raised over $18,000 for AIDS research during the recent 2013 AIDS Walk San Francisco, the company has announced on its blog.

More than 80 staffers took part in the event, which is a 10km (6.2 mile) fundraising walkathon through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The money will go to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) and 50 other AIDS service organizations throughout the Bay Area.

"It's very important for us to be involved in the community and to give back to those causes that mean so much to so many of our employees," EA manager of outreach and corporate giving Julie Wynn said.

EA senior director of tax accounting Mark Mays, who lost his first partner to AIDS 20 years ago, said, "I love the fact that EA turns out for these events and matches all of our contributions and is a great, great support for this cause."

Discussion

226 comments
so_hai
so_hai

Shouldn't the heading say: "Electronic Arts employees raised over $18,000 for AIDS research ".

It reads as if EA the company, not the staff themselves, made the effort.

kishen95
kishen95

EA is really changing now, or so it seems, good on them.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

I'll put aside my EA vitriol for once and say good for them.

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

not sure if they talked about his or not on here but there are some good games for cheap that are selling for charity.  https://www.humblebundle.com/ and AIDS research  is one of the options you have for your money to go to.

telaros
telaros

Tax Exempts? Of course.

Force people to use Origin spyware that allows hackers to damage your computer because you give them a 'trusted' path to your PC by just clicking on an Origin link? I think you'll need to start handing out funds to areas outside of San Fransisco because I foresee a ton of computer aids in the coming days. :p

Also, kudos on only offering your cheapest games most people already own anyways or will never play save for BF:3 that only went down in price after you announced a BF4 coming out.

YAY more exposure for Origin AND they get to look like they care about people that have unprotected sex or use unclean needles on themselves. YAY

EA and Origin are the Blue Waffles of STDs. Don't let your PC sleep with them. You'll be sorry in the long run :p

ManatuBeard
ManatuBeard

In other words, EA needed to "give" 18k to some charity for tax purposes...

Ross_Cole
Ross_Cole

Fucking whoopie do!

Perhaps $1.8 million would be better from them, one of the greediest companies in the gaming industry

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

LOL, oh EA and its PR damage control...

Viralmessiah666
Viralmessiah666

Thats very nice EA,now make sure you don't try to sell them updated rosters for the AIDS wing of that hospital.

Rayrota
Rayrota

Geez, people, can't we put our hatred for EA aside for one moment? I thought I was cynical.

Noclippin
Noclippin

Hahaha, Day 1 DLC on AIDS cure.

rey2
rey2

At least it's the EA employees not the EA management.

rey2
rey2

Only giving $18k when they earn way more than that?  The Mech Warrior dev article a bit down gave $100k for cancer research.  Now that's something.

squidshoggoth
squidshoggoth

Cute. Now to monopolize the cure, and add funding requirements for treatment.

GhostofWar75
GhostofWar75

This should happen more often with all big companies


dussan2
dussan2

Any math gurus out there?  What is the percentage of $18,000 to $3 billion a year?  Something like .00003%

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

Shouldn't the title be "EA raises as much money as the CEO makes in a day or two by getting their employees to dig into their pockets."

What tripe, how about "EA CEO's donate $100,000"?

Do with your left hand so that the right doesn't even know... someone might want to let EA know that that's how charity is done.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

EA is doing something good for once. not bad..

hadlee73
hadlee73

The title of this article seems to give the credit for this to EA (as in, the company itself). I work for a large Global company and while they do help with charities, much of the time events like the one mentioned in this article are arranged by the employees independent of the company. So was this actually EA, or just some of the staff (that just happened to be from EA) doing something good?

Atolm1
Atolm1

I am not a fan of EA but it's nice to see them do some good for the cause so i respect them for that.

samanoskay
samanoskay

i think it should read "ea employees make x money" ea already donate x to charity every year, ye its part of a tax deduction or what not but hey the charities sure dont send it back.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

Don't dislocate your shoulders patting yourselves on the back will you EA. Real charity is done in secret.

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

Next Month's News: EA Cures AIDS

GS Forum Response: How dare EA cure only AIDS, what about cancer, diabetes and acne. Shame on you EA, you disgust me, you **** hypocrites.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

Come on people, it's better than nothing. 

Instead of repeating "they make a bazillion bla bla bla", why not suggest that a small percentage of game sales or certain game sales goes to research. Maybe even for the next month. That gives EA a marketing opportunity and thus a much more enticing reason to donate more money.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

wow a billion dollar corporation has it's employees raise 18k for research. what a story! It brings a tear to my eye. This just in- EA CEO gets $2million salary bump.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

I wonder how much they had to pay to recieve that donation...

pmamba45
pmamba45

EA raises $18,000 for AIDS research to look generous while greedily raising all their next gen games to $80 on us. Hypocrites is to passive to begin with!

Fationable_Late
Fationable_Late

It always astounds me when very large companies/corporations raise money for global causes like this (yes, I understand they matched the donations). It's just as dumb as a grocery store putting out food donation bins. There must be more info that this article isn't telling us. Surely...

maximo
maximo

18K. I don't want to demean what these guys have done but this has got to be nothing more than a publicity stunt for EA. or at best a day out for the employees.

You don't fool me EA. 




Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

I'm not gonig to condone them for what they have done, but rather for their motives behind it. This is all about them getting better PR to try and avoid being worst company in America for the third year running. Although, after this year I can see Microsoft being a tough contender.

Wish01
Wish01

Research for AIDING DRM,  F2P with in game purchases, always online single player games and similar crap.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

That's better than doing nothing. Nobody gives me money when i walk i losses 18klg instead.

simon1812
simon1812

@so_hai the employees would needlessly  put themselves in a very uncomfortable  position with their employer if they didnt share some of the credit. 

  besides rising funds for a cause is about the cause, not about getting credit for it.

ColdstoneX3
ColdstoneX3

@DaneGamer to be fair, when i saw the headline, i thought...oh lord, EA went from a form of Sublime evil to outright Evil...looking how to infect even more of the population with AIDS.....glad to see im very wrong about that

Abanaa
Abanaa

@hadlee73  I am with you on this one. Random EA ppl participate on the event, and EA takes credit...

Abanaa
Abanaa

@Atolm1 I think you (or I) may be got it wrong. EA didn't donate any money.... some EA workers did participate on that fundraising event.

I think even the title is misleading, cause that money was not EA money... was random ppl donating to EA employes. At least that's wat i understand from this article.

 It's all just to make EA looks good in the paper...

bouchart
bouchart

@Diablo-B In fairness, I think EA's customers have a far larger acne problem than AIDS problem.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@pmamba45 It's not just to look good. Even though they're an a**hole game industry, they CAN still donate because they want to. They're still human, ya' know. Not everything is about us -_-

spindie
spindie

@pmamba45 yeah like war-z donating $5000 to charity while doubling the price of all their marketplace items the same exact day.. No such thing as a business donating money

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@maximo Yeah, it was probably just a fun run that got circulated around the office at first, turned into EA buying the burgers and drinks because they thought it was a good employee exercise. Aaaannnnd its evil.

so_hai
so_hai

@simon1812 @so_hai Unless they were under contract to participate, their connection to EA is immaterial.

And if it's about the cause only, then why did they announce anything at all?