Fortnite Creator Epic Games Raises Over $50 Million for Ukraine
Updated · Apr 18, 2022
The game publisher is donating all of the proceeds from the first two weeks of the new Fortnite season.
Two Weeks for Ukraine
Epic Games’ humanitarian effort has raised more than $50 million for relief in Ukraine. The company announced on March 21 that it would donate all proceeds from in-game sales to Ukraine for two weeks. The period will last until April 3rd.
As of today, we’ve raised $50 million USD together in humanitarian relief funds to support people affected by the war in Ukraine.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 22, 2022
To see more about how the funds are being distributed visit https://t.co/aexRh7ZEWQ pic.twitter.com/IETgljrXV8
As of March 22, the company had raised $50 million dollars. That figure has since risen.
Epic Games’ humanitarian effort is a collaboration with Microsoft’s video game brand Xbox. The company will contribute by waiving its standard platform fees for the two-week period.
According to a post on the Fortnite website, the scope of the donation covers all real-money Fortnite purchases. It includes V-Buck packs, Fortnite Crew, and cosmetic packs. The donations go out “as quickly as we can”.
“We’re not waiting for the actual funds to come in from our platform and payment partners, which can take a while depending on how the transaction was processed,” a FAQ reply indicates. “As transactions are reported, we’ll log them and send the funds to the humanitarian relief organizations within days.”
The humanitarian organizations that will receive the funds include Direct Relief, UNICEF, UN World Food Programme, and the UN Refugee Agency.
Fortnite is currently in its 20th season since the game launched in 2017. It offers a glimpse into the concept of the metaverse, with a virtual 3D environment consisting of both gaming and non-gaming aspects.
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