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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Mediadante launch IndieGoGo campaign to fund game that promotes MSF’s life-saving work

Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) and Mediadante launch IndieGoGocampaign to raise funds for a game that puts you on the frontlines 

A Game with a Difference - “It’s No Game”

Today marks the launch of the IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a new mobile game that promotes and supports the lifesaving work of Medecins Sans Frontieres(MSF). The game will be developed under the guidance of the award-winning production company Mediadante.  This mobile game will challenge players to experience the situations MSF staff face on the ground, make strategic gameplay decisions, figure out how to allocate limited resources, and avert disasters.  Players will also gain real insight into what it takes to work on the frontline of humanitarian disasters. More details about the campaign and the game can be found at

Rosie Garthwaite, Executive Producer of Mediadante, producers of the award-winning film Escape from Isis and author of ‘How To Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone’ says:

“As citizens we are often oblivious to the hardships local people endure and the tireless efforts of MSF to ease their intolerable suffering. This game gives a chance to see the challenges MSF are up against, long after the cameras are gone.”

The MSF Game
Unlike most war games, the MSF game is centered on saving lives, not taking them. The game will be based on the real life and every-day experiences of MSF staff. Players will take on the roles of a MSF doctor, nurse, logistics expert or head of mission and make strategic decisions about the allocation of limited resources to save lives. Challenges include averting disaster in a wide range of crisis scenarios, from treating War wounded patients in a field hospital to providing safe passage to thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean.

Gaming for Good: Crowdsourcing money and ideas
This strategy game will also support the dangerous and critical work of MSF around the world.

The MSF Game will enable players to make direct donations to MSF via an easy-to-use in-game donation button. Supporters can also work together to help MSF with some of the challenges they face on the ground, via a unique online forum developed by Anew Mission. This ground breaking new forum will also invite gamers and supporters to help co-create the concept and storyboard of the game.

The Future
In addition to supporting the funding of the game, the IndieGoGo campaign also invites world citizens to actually collaborate on the game’s development and contribute creative ideas!

Fabio Basone, Video and Multimedia Management at MSF says:

“We at MSF are always on the lookout for new ways to engage people about our work and this mobile game gives us a fantastic opportunity to reach new supporters and give them an insight into the challenges and critical decisions we face on the ground.”

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