The holidays are right around the corner, and many a player is thinking of new consoles and games for Christmas. Games as gifts is a longstanding and beloved tradition, as a wholesome clip involving Max Payne from 2001 can attest.
For some, giving back on a personal level is not enough when they have the power to do more, and this can certainly be said of Ethan Anderson and his family. After landing a huge amount of money through the GameStop stock debacle, Anderson and his wife decided to give back to those less fortunate than them with the gift of video games.
Anderson and his family, like many involved, got a lot of money thanks to some smart investments during the GameStop stock episode. For those unfamiliar, some time ago GameStop’s stock price climbed when several online experts decided to artificially inflate it. This was done in an effort to foil a hedge fund banking on GameStop’s failure, but its consequences were far-reaching. One of those consequences was Anderson and his wife making a huge donation to a children’s hospital in the name of them and their two-year old son. This was possible because they got out before GameStop started losing money again.
The donation in question was not money, but rather $15,000 worth of games and consoles. This included a large number of Switch and Switch Lite consoles, alongside some Amazon Fire tablets for kids. They even threw in extra controllers for the consoles, as well as over 110 games, all so that kids would have a good distraction while stuck inside a hospital. As a kicker, all of this was purchased from GameStop, with Anderson giving back to the company that made him a bundle and doing so to help a good cause. If the PS5 wasn’t scheduled for a GameStop restock, it’s possible the Andersons would have included that too.
Needless to say there will be some happier children in the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in the near future, and the hospital didn’t have to pay a dime. As one particular mom and her six Switches can attest, getting unexpected gaming gifts is good.
The gesture is a great one, and very much in keeping with the spirit of the holidays. Hopefully some of that good will can extend into GameStop itself, as the company is currently not doing well, and GameStop employees are dissatisfied with their situation.