Humanitarian Relief to Go Towards Helping People Affected by the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
One of the great things that have been happening as of late, is companies stepping up to help Ukraine with the current situation. There’s been Itch.io’s and Humble Bundle raising money, as well as companies donating directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross Fund. And now, there’s another set of companies that are stepping up to the plate, through another means: Fortnite.
Epic Games has announced through Twitter that from March 20th to April 3rd, 2022, all proceeds from Fortnite will go towards Humanitarian Aid for helping those who have been affected by the Russian invasion. And with the release of Chapter 3, Season 2, and the fact that this will be part of all transactions for Fortnite- including V-bucks, subscriptions, gifted battles passes, and certain cosmetic packs. This also includes retail gift card purchases, so long as they’re redeemed within the two-week window. This could mean a lot of proceeds that could go towards humanitarian aid. Epic states that they will be sending donations “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. As transactions are reported, we’ll log them and send the funds to the humanitarian relief organizations within days.”
Microsoft, via Xbox, will also be contributing net profits during the same time period. “Xbox is joining Epic in support of the people of Ukraine by contributing net proceeds for Fortnite during this time,” said Microsoft. They added, “You can also donate your Microsoft Rewards points through April 30th and Microsoft will match your contribution.”
While more details can be found in Microsoft’s tweet, they did let it be known that the money would be going towards Direct Relief, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Food Programme. They have also added that more organizations to donate towards “in the coming weeks.”
Hopefully, we will hear the results of this donation drive soon.