The Arma 3 Laws of War DLC was an innovative expansion released for the game back in 2017. It was unusual for adding international law and humanitarian aid into the military first person shooter. The Bohemia Interactive title has been noted for realism when it comes to weaponry and warfare. And in Laws of War that extended to the legal and aid aspects of warfare. Bohemia Interactive also said they’d donate half of the net revenue from sales of the DLC in 2017 to the International Committee of the Red Cross. And as a result, the Arma 3 Laws of War DLC raises $176,667 for charity.
The Arma 3 Laws of War DLC introduced a fictional humanitarian NGO faction named IDAP, and the ‘Remnants of War’ mini-campaign in which you play as an explosive specialist. Which means you witness the long-term consequences of war, mines and unexploded ordnance. And it also includes a free Showcase scenario for all Arma 3 players with a virtual reality course hosted by IDAP.
“With over two billion gamers worldwide, video games have an incredible potential to convey the importance of international humanitarian law (IHL). The collaboration between Bohemia interactive and the ICRC has been extraordinary and we have learned a lot from each other by exchanging ideas and our respective expertise on how to incorporate IHL into a video game. The success of the Arma 3 Laws of War DLC has shown us that video games are one of the many ways to reach new audiences and call attention to the fact that wars do have limits and rules. We are also very grateful that Bohemia Interactive will donate $176,667 to the ICRC, which shows their commitment to support our work, to help people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence in over eighty countries.” said Helen Durham, Director for International Law and Policy at the ICRC.
Bohemia Interactive’s CEO, Marek Spanel: “We knew this DLC’s theme might seem a bit unusual, but we also felt that it has a rightful place in a game like Arma 3. At the same time, our community normally expects more traditional content you’d see in a military game, such as new weapons, tanks, and helicopters. That has made it even more amazing to see the immense level of player support for the Laws of War DLC, which really shows again how both games and the gaming audience have matured. If you also consider that some of our players are in the military or might pursue a military career in the future, then we’re glad this DLC has been able to increase awareness for this important topic. And being able to also make a financial contribution to the ICRC’s efforts is a great bonus.”
Playing games, learning, and raising approximately EUR 143,543 / £126,016 for a good cause. All things to be encouraged for the future.
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