14th May 2009, London– GamesAid, the UK games industry charity for children and young people, today launched a free industry membership scheme at

The GamesAid membership scheme will allow those working in the computer and video game industry to register to receive news updates and support fundraising events, as well as advocate their own chosen charities as recipients of GamesAid funding up until a closing date of 14th June 2009. Voting for charities then opens for two weeks and successful nominations will be announced at the Develop Awards in Brighton in July.

“The GamesAid membership scheme really underlines our mission statement to operate the charity as an all inclusive part of the games industry, in an open and transparent way, engaging as many different industry professionals as possible,” commented Andy Payne, Chairman, GamesAid.“GamesAid will continue to encourage individuals, teams and companies to contribute through fundraising and events, big and small, and we believe the new membership scheme will afford everybody a voice in how the industry’s charity is run. If you have any ideas for fundraising or which charities should benefit from GamesAid funds, sign up today on GamesAid is your charity, so have your say.”

Recent fundraising events have included a successful Guinness World Record for 24 hour gaming by the editorial team and an industry raffle at the MCV Awards.

Forthcoming events include a charity poker tournament at the Grosvenor Casino, Brighton on the eve of the Develop Conference&Expo in Brighton in July. Players of all levels can find further details at


The GamesAid membership scheme launched today at

All fundraising donations are gratefully received at


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