Back in 2020, Blaze Entertainment announced that profits generated from its Oliver Twins Collection for Evercade would be donated to a good cause, and now, it has been revealed that the promise has been kept.
18 months ago, Blaze made its first donation to the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield, England, and has now reported that a total of over £25,000 has been gifted to the museum following the conclusion of the cartridge’s availability.
"The National Videogame Museum and Blaze share a common goal with the Evercade platform in allowing people of any age to easily experience the games that inspired and enthralled generations of fans and future game developers, helping to mould the video game industry into the behemoth it is today," reads the press release announcing the news.
Andrew Byatt, Managing Director of Blaze Entertainment, had this to say:
The pandemic hit everyone very hard in a lot of industries and charitable organisations. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to help the continued work and preservation of The National Videogame Museum with these donations. And that the Evercade fans revisiting The Oliver Twins Collection can know they too played their part in helping the museum to continue its mission.
John O’Shea, Creative Director and co-CEO of the National Videogame Museum, added:
This donation is an important gift that will directly support the unique work The National Videogame Museum does, to preserve, exhibit and tell the story of videogames in the UK. We are especially pleased that this initiative comes through collaboration between The Oliver Twins and Blaze Entertainment: The Dizzy games are star objects in our collection in Sheffield, and the Evercade platform shares in our mission, enabling new generations of players to experience the joy of classic videogames.
Originally situated in Nottingham, the National Videogame Arcade moved to its current location in Sheffield in 2016 and is home to "almost 5,000 video game objects, arcade machines, technology, game memorabilia, and ephemera".