Minecraft Players Can Build Fake Bamboo to Help Real Pandas

Thursday, December 13th, 2018 12:06 pm

The cats and pandas update is available now in the popular sandbox building game.

What’s better than new stuff to play with in Minecraft? How about new stuff to play with in Minecraft for a good cause? Minecraft’s developer, Mojang, partnered with the nonprofit organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help with its work with pandas.

The cats and pandas update is now live on Xbox One, Switch, iOS, Android, Windows 10, and VR. The update adds redesigned cats, as well as new items, like bamboo and scaffolding, to the game. But how does this help WWF? Once users place 10 million bamboo blocks in Minecraft, Mojang will donate $100,000 to WWF to support its efforts.

This is similar to a previous Minecraft campaign, which asked players to place 10 million coral blocks to support The Nature Conservancy. That goal was easily reached, so there’s no doubt this one will be as well.

In addition to this update, a new Paws and Claws Cosplay Pack is available to purchase, which includes 17 cat and panda skins, or costumes, players can use to dress up their playable character. Mojang said 62.5 percent of the sales of this pack will also go to WWF.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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