GAME DEVS FOR FIRIES
Raising money to support Australian firefighters and wildlife
Inspired by, and with the permission of, #authorsforfireys, Game Devs For Firies is an auction of signed games, original art, unique experiences, one-off opportunities and development advice. Game developers are auctioning on Twitter from 14th Jan 2020 under the hashtags ##GameDevsforFireys and #GameDevsforFiries. The auction ends on 22nd Jan 2020 at 11am (AEDT - Melbourne/Sydney timezone). This is the supporting site.
ABOUT THE AUCTION
A guide for creators and bidders
#GameDevsforFiries works in the same way as the auction #AuthorsForFiries. It starts on Tuesday 14th Jan 2020 and ends at 11am AEDT on Wednesday the 22nd Jan 2020.
Each dev involved (open invitation) creates a tweet announcing an item, unique opportunity or service they are offering to donate. The tweet will include a supporting image, plus the auction end time and hashtag #GameDevsforFireys.
Twitter users reply to that tweet with their bid in Australian dollars. Bidding continues on that thread (in increments of $1 Australian dollar or more) until the auction end time.
When the auction has ended, the item ‘owner’ messages the highest bidder on the thread.
The highest bidder is instructed to donate directly to an Australian state fire service. Some devs will nominate, others will leave it up to the highest bidder to choose. Either way the bidder must provide proof of donation to the item ‘owner’.
When proof of donation is received, the item or service is dispatched.
To sum up...
Creators run their own individual auction / tweet under the hashtag.
Twitter users scroll through the auction items under the hashtag and reply to the items to make their bids. Make your bids on the original item thread only. (ie. If you see an item quote-tweeted, do not bid there.) TOP TIP: open up the thread under the item to see what others are bidding.
ROUND-UP OF ITEMS
As people put stuff on twitter, we'll try to collect it here.
TIPS FOR CREATORS
If you're a game developer, influencer, creative, or affiliate and you've got a twitter account we'd love to have you involved!
BUT WHAT DO I OFFER?
The obvious and easy answer is - signed copies of games you've worked on, or keys for games you've released.
That's just the beginning, though! If your game isn't out on physical media, or isn't yet released, then signed concept art is great. If you offer professional services, an hour of your time to help somebody with their pitch or concept is fantastic. Whatever it is you can do, can become something great to offer to your audience.
The writers in #authorsforfireys had some great ideas - everything from coffee or web-chats with authors through to the chance to be a character in an upcoming novel.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Put up a tweet with the hashtag #gamedevsforfireys and explain what you're offering. Link people here for more details.
Then, on 22nd Jan, check to see who has the highest bid at 11am, and work with the winner to confirm their donation and get them their reward.
I'M NOT A DEV, BUT I WANT TO HELP
All are welcome! The best thing you can do though is signal boost - check the #gamedevsforfireys hashtag and retweet posts from there. Spread the word!
DO I HAVE TO BE AUSTRALIAN?
Gosh no. We'd love to see developers from around the world kicking in.
WHICH TWITTER ACCOUNT SHOULD I USE?
All of them! If you work for a large company and have their permission, please post from the official account and signal boost from your personal account. If you're an indie, lead with whichever account gets the most traffic, and signal boost from elsewhere.