Zoo Tycoon players drive Microsoft to donate $10,000 for Sumatran Tigers conservation work

Microsoft has donated $10,000 towards tiger conservation efforts thanks to Xbox Zoo Tycoon players. The challenge was originally put to players to pick the charity they wanted to work towards, and after picking the Sumatra tiger, the players released 1000 tigers into the wild in-game. Microsoft’s $10,000 donation to the Sumatran Tiger Survival Program will help reduce the number of tigers killed, displaced, or snared.

Good on Xbox players for reaching the game goal, and good on Microsoft for taking the initiative on this program. Any Zoo Tycoon players here take part in the event?



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Epic Pie says:

This is how gaming comes to practical I guess

Save the animals! They be getting killed.

Faraaz96 says:

Faith in humanity,..restored ;)

Aashish13 says:

Simon Sage are u now permanent on Windows phone central???

And our editors are on the other sites too! Newsroom FTW!

Aashish13 says:

Simon go back LOL. Only Indians will understand

hs k says:

Nope, I didn't get it.

Hs k,haven't you read your history?I'm a Pakistani and I think he's referring to the Simon Commission :) Am I right?

Aman2901 says:

Go back Simon..As in Simon Commission..But we need the Sage of Mobile Nation :-P

psychotron says:

My question is why they have to put "conditions" on something like this? Isn't it enough to just donate without making a game of it? The voting I understand, but the other part, why? Unless they're trying to squeeze some kind of promotion in at the same time, which seems kind of wrong to me.

jcrus says:

How about coming up with an innovative way to help players feel a part of the process rather than a passive vote? No reason to be so cynical.

duncanstives says:

The goal was deliberately modest I'm sure.. Meaning they knew it would be accomplished. No reason to not maximize the promotional value of your charitable work if you're going to do it anyway... Not sure why it seems wrong to you but the success of promotional tie ins with charitable endeavors only serves to encourage corporate giving... Doesn't seem wrong to me.

There goes that evil Microsoft again.... Saving endangered animals! The nerve!

Bob101910 says:

If they save 1 more animal I'm switching to Apple products!

Aashish13 says:

Save our tigers

dda_k says:

Wow, after reading this it felt really good.

The game may seem "childish", but it is kind of fun and has learning component to it. :)

Rockartisten says:

"...tiger conservation".


They're putting tigers in jars?

cyborg4 says:

That's preservation.

Dadstar0410 says:

I don't even know what to say about this comment.

poken1151 says:

It's good either way. However for some reason 10,000$ from Microsoft effort seems small. Meh, probably just my thinking, awesome work on all three sides!

Armare1 says:

In the marketplace of xbox360 is free hitman: absolution for all people.

cyborg4 says:

You'd never see Google doing this!

Thimbro says:

Can we get some tycoon games on WP? I love those games!

Sp12er says:

True! The game has pretty simple menu and didn't need heavy graphics... Hope someday it'll come (my first Tycoon game is Lemonade Tycoon... Went to max and then rinse and repeat few times)

mkdll says:

Awesome, tigers need all the help they can get or they are going to be extinct real soon in the wild. You are great, Microsoft. (and I love Zoo Tycoo)

Dannay says:

That is so cool, wish they would release it for pc and maybe bring the old zoo tycoons to like wp!!