A group of video game industry professionals created the new initiative named Avatars for Ukraine. The charity NFT collection will be released on May 19, 2022, and will feature a number of artworks from over 50 digital artists from both games and movie industries.
A group of video game industry professionals, who previously contributed to such games as Rainbow Six, Warframe, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and Asphalt, partnered with a number of Ukrainian digital artists to create a charity NFT collection that will be released on May 19, 2022.
Supported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the new initiative, titled Avatars for Ukraine, has already raised more than 60 million for Ukraine in crypto donations. The NFT collection includes a number of artworks created by over 50 digital artists from both games and film industries.
The Avatars for Ukraine team explained that the title derives from the original meaning of the word "avatar" in Sanskrit which is translated as "incarnation". "The stunning artworks capture the incarnations of everything free Ukraine stands for: its soul, spirit, wisdom and love," the team wrote.
Game Designer Dmitry Tarabanov who participates in the initiative shared: "Both game and movie industries allow you to experience universes that cost millions to produce but ask only a few dollars in return, somewhat the opposite to the NFT culture. The stunning art created by these artists is free for all humanity to experience. Yet unlike for traditional painters, for digital artists, there was no such thing as 'the original copy' that they could give away for charity. We thought, if NFT had any good use, that would be supporting someone you care about."
Avatars for Ukraine team noted that all the money raised in an auction will go towards supporting medical aid and will be distributed by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine from their official crypto wallet Aid For Ukraine.
The NFT collection will be published on MetaHistory Museum, the official Ukrainian charity NFT platform which has already raised 260 ETH ($722,000) for Ukraine to date.
"These NFTs are here and now to fulfill their destiny, the noblest cause for this technology that one can think of: to help good prevail, to invest in the future we believe in, and to adopt the right direction of history," MetaHistory Museum and Avatars for Ukraine team said in a joint statement.
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