Tornado survivor gets int'l support from gaming community

One Van tornado survivor now has international support as he works to rebuild, and it's all related to his passion for a computer game.

Derrick Mason plays a virtual trading game called Miniconomy. He's been playing online for over a decade.

FOX 4 featured Mason and his family in a FOX 4 report on the tornado aftermath in the town of Van on Tuesday.

The news story and a Facebook post about it caught the attention of the creators of Miniconomy's attention in the Netherlands. They reached out to FOX 4, and it seems that fellow Miniconomy players around the world want to raise money to help Mason and his family.

"My girlfriend actually stumbled upon a Facebook post that happened to them, stating that they were hit by a tornado, and that is really when it all started," game creator Martijin Van Dijk told FOX 4 over the phone on Wednesday. "We read about the posts from one of the cousins of either [Mason] or [Mason's wife] that there was going to be a fundraiser and they were asking other people to send clothes and blankets and other much needed materials. And we really felt like we could do something as well. They definitely made an impact on us here."

Mason, his wife and their four children are staying at Mason's parents' home in the town of Mineola.

"They are using the game as a medium to collect actual Euros…for us," said Mason. "It's amazing. I've never met any of these people."

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