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Win hardware, collectibles, and more in the 2021 Ars Technica Charity Drive

Just some of the prizes available in this year's Ars Technica Charity Drive Sweepstakes
Enlarge / Just some of the prizes available in this year’s Ars Technica Charity Drive Sweepstakes

It’s once again that special time of year when we give you a chance to do well by doing good. That’s right—it’s time for the 2021 edition of our annual Charity Drive!

Every year since 2007, we’ve encouraged readers to give to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity, which provides toys and games to kids being treated in hospitals around the world. In recent years, we’ve added the Electronic Frontier Foundation to our annual charity push, aiding in their efforts to defend Internet freedom. This year, as always, we’re providing some extra incentive for those donations by offering donors a chance to win pieces of our big pile of vendor-provided swag. We can’t keep it, and we don’t want it clogging up our offices. So it’s now yours to win.

This year’s swag pile is full of high-value geek goodies. We have 39 prizes valued at over $1,600 total, including hardware, accessories, collectibles, smartwatches, apparel, and more. In 2020, Ars readers raised a record $58,000 for charity, contributing to a total haul of more than $394,000 since 2007. We want to raise even more this year, and we can do it if readers really dig deep.

How it works

Donating is easy. Simply donate to Child’s Play using PayPal or donate to the EFF using PayPal, credit card, or Bitcoin. You can also support Child’s Play directly by picking an item from the Amazon wish list of a specific hospital on its donation page. Donate as much or as little as you feel comfortable with—every little bit helps.

Once that’s done, it’s time to register your entry in our sweepstakes. Just grab a digital copy of your receipt (a forwarded email, a screenshot, or simply a cut-and-paste of the text) and send it to with your name, postal address, daytime telephone number, and email address by 11:59 pm ET Friday, January 7, 2022. (One entry per person, and each person can only win up to one prize. US residents only. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See official rules for more information, including how to enter without making a donation. Also refer to the Ars Technica privacy policy.)

We’ll then contact the winners and have them choose their prize by January 31 (choosing takes place in the order the winners are drawn).

The prizes

Hardware and gaming accessories

  • Razer Opus wireless headset
  • Forza Horizon 5 special edition gamepad
  • Outriders custom Xbox gamepad
  • PowerA Fusion Pro 2 wired gamepad
  • Game & Watch Color Screen Legend of Zelda
  • Razer Raiju mobile gamepad
  • Intel Research wireless charger


  • Space Jam 2 Xbox mailer (three gamepads, Lebron James toy, collectible Bugs Bunny trading card)
  • Lost Judgment limited edition promo pack (drone, decorative full-sized skateboard deck)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits limited edition press pack (glass tumbler, “Rot” plush toy, stickers, map)
  • G4 relaunch limited edition promo pack (scented candle, robe, oversized pillow, D&D dice) x2
  • Outriders Enoch Survival Kit (4x leather coasters, black t-shirt, mug, carabiner) x2
  • Journey to the Savage Planet Martin Tweed CEO bobblehead and magnet
  • Bomberman Fangamer plush toy
  • Sonic with Ring Funko Pop
  • Temple Run 2 posters x2
  • Fire Emblem Fates silk bag
  • Furnite Ginkago 3D illusion Night Light
  • YouTube Gaming “Streams and Staggers” board game
  • Star Wars Finn minifig


  • Intel Research sweatshirt
  • Niantic Zenni sunglasses
  • Niantic 9Twenty adjustable cap
  • Jansport fanny pack
  • Game On socks
  • “Let’s Make a Deal” shirt and hat package
  • Fuser shirt (Black, size M) x3
  • SAME Wasp Feelers mobile gaming finger sleeves


  • Dying Light 2 “Scents of the City” package
  • YouTube Gaming fleece blanket
  • Nintendo Switch Miir water bottle
  • “Game Over” Space Invaders-themed mug
  • Mega Cat studios metal tumbler
  • Meat smacker tenderizing mallet
  • Creed Rise to Glory washcloth

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