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Epic Games has committed to donating all of its Fortnite proceeds to humanitarian relief for people affected by the war in Ukraine for the next two weeks.
As detailed by The Fortnite Team, Xbox is joining Epic in this effort by committing their net proceeds from Fortnite during the same timeframe so “we can get more aid to the people of Ukraine.”
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 20, 2022
The donations will be collected from March 20 – April 3 and the funds will be sent to Direct Relief, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency, and more that will be “added to this list in the coming weeks.”
Epic addressed some possible questions in a FAQ section, starting by confirming it will be sending these funds “as 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,” Epic elaborated.” As transactions are reported, we’ll log them and send the funds to the humanitarian relief organizations within days.”
It was also explained that all real-money Fortnite purchases will be distributed, including V-Buck packs, Fortnite Crew, gifted Battle Passes, and cosmetic packs. Retail store purchases of in-game cosmetics and V-Bucks cards will also be included if they are redeemed within the donation timeframe.
V-Bucks simply being spent won’t be counted towards this total, as it will be the actual real-money Fortnite purchases that will matter.
This move by Epic Games comes alongside the start of Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2: Resistance, which not only adds Doctor Strange and Prowler to its Battle Pass, but also removes building from the battle royale.
This move is just one of many ways other gaming and entertainment companies are supporting the people of Ukraine, as some are stopping their services in Russia and/or donating to humanitarian relief for those impacted by the war in Ukraine.
For more, check out how you can help Ukraininan Civilians, our look as to why these game and entertainment companies are pulling support in Russia and Humble Bundle’s charity bundle that has already raised over $5.6 million.
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