Quake III Will Be Free on Bethesda Launcher After Successful Charity Drive

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Quake III will now be offered for free following QuakeCon after its publisher Bethesda ran a successful charity drive and raised $20k.

During the start of the online QuakeCon, Bethesda revealed that if their donation drive reached or surpassed $20,000 they would make Quake III free on the Bethesda.net Launcher. And as of today, the publisher has reached their intended goal and posted the following tweet in celebration:

It according to other users that you have to log on to the launcher during QuakeCon in order to redeem the free copy of Quake III. However, you can still donate to the charity drive and give funds to charities such as UNICEF, Direct Relief, and The Trevor Project. For fans that want QuakeCon 2020 themed merch, Bethesda will sell clothing, a mousepad, and pin themed after the event.

The first panel to kick off the 25th anniversary of QuakeCon was Bethesda’s Pete Hines where he welcomes viewers to the virtual convention. From there, there were panels on games like Doom Eternal, Fallout 76, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Besides those events were free game skin giveaways for titles like Doom Eternal, Quake Champions, and Fallout 76.

Like other major gaming events in the world, QuakeCon 2020 had to be canceled due to COVID-19. That being said, the event has carried on through this upcoming online event. Bethesda released an official statement concerning the switch of QuakeCon to be fully online. “Because the world is a different place right now, QuakeCon is going to be different this year too, but the beating heart of QuakeCon remains strong. It’s still a celebration of our amazing communities, and it’s still about coming together to share our love of games. Because we can’t be together in person, we’re hosting three straight days of streams focusing on games, the people who make them, and the people who love them.”

Other major gaming conventions to be canceled or postponed include GDC, Gamescom, and E3 2020. These cancellations and postponements have caused publishers like EA and Ubisoft to replace their E3 conferences with their own digital events that happened in mid-June and early-July respectively.

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