Just one day after announcing plans to donate all proceeds from Fortnite to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, Epic Games has reported raising an estimated $36 million for Ukraine.
The money, which is being raised over a two week period that runs through April 3, 2022, will be going to four different organizations that are devoted to assisting Ukraine — Direct Relief, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the United Nations World Food Program. Xbox has also joinedEpic in the effort and has also pledged the donation of its “net proceeds” from Fortnite during this time.
Currently, the UN Refugee Agency estimates that three million people have been displaced, fleeing to neighboring countries since Russia began an invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Since that time, many game companies have made hefty donations to the humanitarian cause including Unity, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, and The Pokémon Company.
In an effort to also help out, Indie developers have taken to itch.io and contributed games in a large bundle to help raise money for Ukraine. Players who make a $10 minimum donation at itch.io will get nearly 1000 DRM-free games and has raised more than $6 million to date. Humble Bundle is also running a $40 “Stand with Ukraine Bundle”. Humble Bundle’s efforts have raised over $10 million for charity so far and will end on Friday, March 25.
More information on Epic’s campaign for Ukraine can be found here.
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Source: Video Games Chronicle, Epic Games
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