Naughty Dog is rescheduling its participation in Operation Supply Drop's third annual 8-Bit Salute, the 24-hour gaming marathon, for May 24 to make up for lost time to a DDoS attack last weekend, according to an announcement on its official blog.
8-Bit Salute was attacked less than half an hour after beginning last weekend, with the charity's main URL also taken down due to a distributed denial-of-service attack. The site returned for period of time but was taken down again.
"This coming weekend is a make-up weekend and some of our community members listed in the schedule for May 18 now also will be streaming May 24 and/or 25," the post reads. "We will be awarding prizes for top donations based on the total we have in by May 26 now. If you want to try to win any of the prizes, please visit our team page for the list of current donations. There you can see who has donated the most. (FYI - top donor is currently over $500 as we have some PayPal receipts in from when the OSD site was taken down.)"
Naughty Dog will be participating with a livestream on its Twitch channel. During the stream, the studio will be doing giveaways for copies of its games and DLC. More information about donations and prizes is located on the blog post.
Operation Supply Drop, a charitable organization that delivers video games to troops around the world, was created to be a morale booster for service members deployed to combat zones or recovering in military hospitals. Established by a former Army captain who served eight years in Iraq, the event has raised $1 million in games and gear to date. To learn more about Capt. Stephen Machuga, U.S. Army (ret.) and Operation Supply Drop, be sure to read and watch our feature.