When No Man's Sky launched, the backlash from the community was savage, with seemingly endless threads claiming they had been lied to by the developers. After it faced ridicule and disappointment following its launch in 2016, the space exploration sim was slowly updated and eventually became the title that was promised.
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As expected, Sean Murray, easily one of the most modest and self-effacing developers in the business today, is amazed. By late September, its number of concurrent Steam users had dropped from 212,604 to fewer than 1,000 in just over a month. The No Man's Sky subreddit, in recognition of Hello's work on improving the game, clubbed together recently and has bought a billboard right outside Hello's offices saying thanks. The new features and graphical overhauls worked, and by July 2018 NMS had climbed into Steam's top 10, reaching 90,651 concurrent players and with its rating moving from Mixed to Very Positive.
"I thought if we have already achieved this in half of a day imagine what we could do to help kids who really need the joy, escape, and most importantly the lovely shared experiences that you get in playing and simply talking to others who will listen", they wrote.
"As a community on r/NoMansSkyTheGame, we'd like to express our thanks", the GoFundMe page reads.
The billboard will go up from August 12, and will remain up for two weeks. The description says that "a portion of the funds will also be used to buy a case of beer and lunch for the team". Wowed by the success of the campaign, organiser Cam G is going on to help raise money for child-focused charities.