Valve selling special TF2 hats to aid Japan relief fund

Valve is contributing to recovery efforts in Japan by raising cash with Team Fortress 2 swag. From now until April 6th, the studio is selling digital Japan-themed hats through the in-game Mann Co. store, with plans to donate all proceeds to the American Red Cross' Japanese disaster relief fund.

The limited time offerings include (from left to right) the "Benefactor's Kanmuri" for $19.99; the "Humanitarian's Hachimaki" for $7.99; and the "Magnanimous Monarch," which, at $99.99, is a sure-fire way to gain some wicked good karma. The hats are made to fit every class, but cannot be used for crafting or swapped amongst other do-gooders.

Valve insists this is a once-in-a-blue-moon promotion, so if you're partial to buying virtual headgear and/or donating to a worthy cause, the time to do so would be before the April 6th cut-off. Or now. Now is also good.

[Source: Valve]

Mar 24, 2011

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  • JudasDeth - March 28, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    It's a great idea, selling these hats. The price ranges are good too, if you want to donate more, you get a better hat. 7.99 is just under what most people donate, plus you get a sweet hat, sounds like more than enough reason to donate.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - March 24, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    @MattoMcFly Fixed!
  • MattoMcFly - March 24, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    I must have looked at a dozen pictures and I could swear the hat on the left is a Kanmuri. But then, the one of the right looks like a Kanmuri with the top down. I defer to the wise internets and beg a thousand pardons if I was mistaken (seriously though, a dozen!)
  • mockraven - March 24, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    @Spartan 1 1 7 -- Taken from the TF2 website: "All proceeds (net of applicable taxes) will go directly towards the Japanese disaster relief fund that the American Red Cross has set up." Valve receives no direct benefit from this sale besides saying on their tax papers that they donated x-amount of money towards charity. I think it's pretty awesome that they're doing this. The hats look pretty neat and for those who just looooove elitism, they get a unique hat. I'm not big on the prestige part, but it still should have a fairly large appeal. One question, though, is the "Magnanimous Monarch" really the hat on the right (as the article has posted at the time of this reading) or the big gold one with the floofy flower?
  • D0CCON - March 24, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    I've always thought that hats were a huge waste of money for the game. However, considering that I am about to give money to help Japan anyways, this looks like a cool way to do it.
  • blakebeauchamp - March 24, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    Already bought a hachimaki for japan. Great idea on valve's part.
  • TheWebSwinger - March 24, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    ALSO awareness since the hats would be more widespread.
  • TheWebSwinger - March 24, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    They should have just made them like $2-$5, and attracted more customers/donations.
  • laharl281 - March 24, 2011 6 p.m.

    If I may make a correction on the article, the hats actually go (from left to right) "Magnanimous Monarch", "Humanitarian's Hachimaki", and then finally the "Benefactor's Kanmuri"
  • TheBrownestWRPGuknow - March 24, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    That's particularly awesome! Would definitely buy if i played TF2

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