Today marks the start of a new season of Fortnite, and producer Epic Games has pledged to donate all of the game’s profits from the first two weeks to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. From March 20thth until April 3rdapproxall “real money” in-game transactions such as purchased V-Bucks, subscriptions, gifted battle passes, and certain cosmetic packs will be included in the activity.
(The use of V-Bucks in Fortnite isn’t included, according to Epic, since these aren’t real-money purchases.) It will also cover retail gift card purchases if used within the two-week deadline.
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Fortnite contributes to the rescue mission in Ukraine
Microsoft would also contribute “their net proceeds to Fortnite at this time so we can bring more relief to the people of Ukraine” as part of the campaign. Direct Relief, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Program are among the organizations that will receive funding. More supported organizations will be added “in the coming weeks,” according to the developer.
Epic said it will fund these charities “as soon as possible.” We don’t wait for the money to arrive from our platform and payment partners, which can take a long time depending on how the transaction is processed. We log incoming transactions and deliver donations to humanitarian organizations within days.”
Other gaming-related campaigns have raised millions of dollars for humanitarian aid following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Earlier this month, an Itch.io bundle of independent games raised more than $6 million, and a Ukraine-focused Humble Bundle has already raised more than $9 million.
The new season of Fortnite will premiere later today, following a dramatic event that began a new chapter in the game in December.
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