Comedian Imran Yusuf has today been announced as the first patron of gaming charity GamesAid, a UK based charity which itself supports a number of smaller charities helping disadvantaged and disabled youngsters with issues such as education, health, housing and social welfare.
Yusuf is no stranger to the industry either; Having worked for Midway, Eidos and SEGA Europe amongst others, he left game development for a career in comedy a few years ago, and has since seen success including a 2010 nomination for best newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and numerous TV appearances.
“Working in video game development is not for the fainthearted” Yusuf said, “but it was a formative experience which informs my comedy to this day.”
“I think GamesAid can bring video games and comedy, two of my favourite things, together for a good cause and raise money for those who really need it. Both sectors are brimming with bright, intelligent and creative people whose vocation in life can bring great enjoyment to the lives of others – and we’re lucky to be able to do what we do every day, and should think about giving something back. As GamesAid’s first patron, I hope to help harness those amazing talents in order to rally even more support for the GamesAid charities.”
Last year Yusuf devised, directed and compered Stand Up For GamesAid, a hugely successful fundraiser for the Charity which took place at London’s Comedy Store. His first project as an official patron will be to organise the second now-annual event, which is scheduled to take place on Monday April 14th.