We're joining forces to bring two indie games from our gaming publisher’s portfolio, Fractured Minds and AVICII Invector, to all Twitch Prime users to download for free during the month of May, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness month.
Twitch will be supporting Fractured Minds and AVICII Invector, each with a message about mental health, through exclusive promotions throughout the platform as well as key content creator programs. Wired Productions will donate over 50% proceeds from each game to Safe In Our World, as well as other organizations. The charitable partnership between Twitch and Wired Productions in supporting Safe In Our World contributes to a common goal to raising awareness of mental health issues among gamers and creators, and affecting positive change within the video games industry.
Officially unveiled in 2019 on World Mental Health Day, Safe in Our World is an accredited charity supported by industry luminaries, veterans and ambassadors across the world, and its mission is to create an online destination where people can seek help, gain access to resources and information, and discover stories from real people within and surrounding the games industry. Safe in Our World aims to enable conversations by destigmatizing the mental health conditions; helping a generation of creators, professionals and players come together in support of each other.
With over 50 percent of the world’s population playing video games, and one in four people globally affected by mental health issues, the task ahead is daunting, but Safe In Our World will drive forward initiatives to continue supporting and helping players around the world. This May, the Mental Health Awareness month theme of ‘Tools 2 Thrive’ covers practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health regardless of the situations they are dealing with. These tools – even though they may need to be adapted for the short term because of COVID-19 and social distancing – will be more useful than ever during these times.
As one of the games offered to all Twitch Prime members via Twitch, Fractured Minds launched on November 2019 on PC and consoles from the imagination of sole developer and 2017 BAFTA Young Games Designer award winner, Emily Mitchell, who at 17-years-old found solace through game development. Inspired by Emily’s personal journey through severe anxiety, Fractured Minds seeks to create a greater understanding and stand in solidarity with mental health sufferers around the world. Players will embark on a deeply personal and emotional journey through the human psyche. Exploring atmospheric and thought-provoking chapters, each symbolizing a different aspect or challenge associated with mental health – from isolation to anxiety, with everyday situations becoming distorted beyond recognition.
Watch what Fractured Minds is about here from Emily Mitchell:
Developed by Hello There Games and published by Wired Productions in collaboration with the Swedish DJ, and now with his family in his honor, AVICII Invector has become much more of a homage to his pioneering music and cultural impact since his tragic passing in 2018. Set against a backdrop of 25 of his biggest hits, the rhythm-action platformer game lets players fly solo or recreate the party feeling of an AVICII concert with local split-screen racing gameplay. Players can join space pilot Stella on her journey from one stunning world to the next, mastering moves as they race through gorgeous landscapes, while hitting the notes with three difficulties to master.
Watch the launch trailer for AVICII Invector here:
Game proceeds for both titles purchased during the month of May from the Twitch platform will be going towards mental health charities and the game developers to help further its goals in fighting against mental health. Proceeds for Fractured Minds will be going to Safe In Our World and Emily Mitchell, and proceeds for AVICII Invector will be going to Safe in Our World as well as a donation to Tim Bergling Foundation, which advocates for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency and promotes removing the stigma attached to the discussion of mental health issues.