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Epic raises $36 million in 24 hours to help Ukraine with Fortnite

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Yesterday Epic launched the next season of Fourteen days, and announced that over the following two weeks, all money it earns from in-game purchases in the popular Battle Royale will be donated to charities supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Now, just 24 hours later and with 13 days left, Epic has announced that it has already raised a staggering $36 million.

In a blog published yesterday on Epic’s official news sitethe company announced its plans to donate proceeds from all “real money” purchases made in Fourteen days between March 20th and April 3rd. According to Epic, this includes buying V-Buck packs and cosmetic packs that are sold for real money. According to Epic, proceeds from retail V-Buck card purchases will also be included, but only for those redeemed in-game during the two-week window. Xbox also donates all proceeds from the Xbox version of Fourteen days Also for the next two weeks.

What is wild is this Epic also explained that it donates the funds it earns as soon as possible and does not wait for “actual funds to come in from our platform and payment partners” as this process can take a long time. Instead, Epic sends the funds to the charities just days after the “transactions” are reported.

According to Epic, all money earned will be donated to a selection of organizations including Direct Relief, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme. Epic says it will be adding more charities in the coming weeks.

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This money is urgently needed by people living in Ukraine who are dealing with the ongoing and horrific invasion by Russia. The war has already done that Thousands dead and injured. It’s also forced over 3 million people are fleeing the countrycreating a large and growing refugee crisis. Since the invasion began in Februarymany companies around the world – like Sony / PlayStation, Pull outNetflix, EA Games and Witcher developer CDPR– have drawn support from the country. Meanwhile, a growing list of nations have enacted and continue to impose severe economic sanctions on Russia.

Over the weekend, two different video game charity packages raised over $12 million to support the people suffering from the war in Ukraine.

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https://kotaku.com/fortnite-epic-ukraine-35-million-donations-charity-russ-1848683029 Epic raises $36 million in 24 hours to help Ukraine with Fortnite

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