Game Chaingers: Unicef appeals gamers to mine cryptocurrency Ether to help Syrian kids
One of the motive of the project is to include those people who would otherwise be uncomfortable in donating but can do so by virtue of their devices
February 05, 2018 / 06:13 PM IST
The United Nations Children's Fund or UNICEF has employed an innovative way to help Syrian kids. The UN body is asking gamers and anybody with a powerful graphics card to mine the cryptocurrency Ether and has already raised close to EUR 1,000.
Contributing to the aid of children in war-torn Syria is as easy as going to the website of aptly named project Game Chaingers, which plays on the phrase game changers. If you want to contribute, given that you have the right equipment, all you need to do is fill in your system details and download the mining software.
The FAQ section of the website says, “13.5 million people in Syria are in need of life-saving assistance, including six million children.”
The Game Chaingers project seeks to raise funds for them ‘differently’. “Today, humanitarian collections often solicit the same people with same methods, but cryptocurrencies and their revolutionary approach are an opportunity to raise funds differently,” says the website.
One of the motives of the operation is to include those people who would otherwise be uncomfortable in donating but can do so by virtue of their devices.
The project appeals gamers as the community is “activist, supportive” and “have the largest number of powerful graphics cards.”
The project, however, denies that there would be greater electricity consumption due to mining. “As much as playing a new and resource-hungry video game. To give an idea: today, mining for 24h non-stop the ETH (Ether) with a GTX 970 card consumption is then 160 watts (= 0.16 kW). The kW/h in France is about EUR 0.14 the Kw/h the cost is about 0.54 euros for 24 hours,” the website says.
Unicef, though, seeks "for a punctual and brief participation" from gamers.
The project website also outlines the traditional ways to donate if you do not want this way.