In news that will put a smile on your face – and we need a lot of that right now – real-life Warriors of Light offered a helping hand to those in need this summer during the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood drive. With over 400 pints of blood donated, the blood drive efforts helped save over 1,200 lives throughout North America.
The Square Enix and American Red Cross collaboration was a Stormblood-themed bloodmobile that visited the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in addition to college campuses across Southern California this past June and July.
The blood drive began in the days leading up to the June launch of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, the second expansion of the MMORPG. As a kickoff to the tour, Final Fantasy XIV Online Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida presented a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of Square Enix.
Additionally, a new video documenting the Stormblood drive debuted and it is incredible.
The video is only 47 seconds long but within that time you see a lot of real-life heroes. With the amount of blood given and money donated a tremendous amount of lives have and will be saved. Personally, I find that it’s stories like this that are always the most engaging and fascinating. More over, in cases such as this when companies utilize their many assets to bring about positive change in the world is a most commendable use of resources. If you’re interested the complete details and results from the Stormblood can be found at the official Stormblood drive site.
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Author: Graham Day
Graham is an Irish journalist and he loves video games. He remembers his first gaming experience at the tender age of seven where he played a horribly pixelated football game. Now he lives in the age of the blockbuster AAA titles and he’s loving every minute of it.