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Epic Games today announced that, with help from Xbox and the Fortnite community, it has raised more than $144 million to help those in Ukraine affected by the recent Russian invasion. The company raised the money on behalf of several humanitarian aid organizations.
The Fortnite publisher announced last month that it would donate all proceeds raised through its signature game from March 20 to April 3. All real money purchases made in-game – subscriptions, cosmetic packs, battle passes, etc. – would go towards this purpose. Microsoft also added the net proceeds made from Fortnite sales in the Microsoft Store in the same window.
Epic is one of several game companies that have expressed their support for Ukraine through direct funding or withdrawal from Russian markets. Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, CD Projekt Red, Ubisoft, EA and many others have done this. Most recently, World of Tanks developer Wargaming announced its decision to cease operations in Russia and Belarus.
According to Epic’s announcement, it has raised money for Unicef, Direct Relief, World Central Kitchen, World Food Program and UNHCR. This is also the last of many attempts to raise money for the benefit of Ukraine. Humble ran a Stand with Ukraine bundle, raising nearly $21 million for the likes of Direct Relief and the International Medical Corps. Itch.io has raised more than $6 million with its bundle for Ukraine, which went to the IMC and Voices of Children.
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