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“Fortnite” to donate all proceeds to humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Epic Games has confirmed all of this Fourteen days Purchases made today (March 20) through April 3 will be donated to humanitarian aid to people affected by the war in Ukraine.

On February 24, Russia sent military forces into Ukraine. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that the conflict has claimed 1,900 civilian lives between that date and March 15. The UN (via BBC) also estimates that there are nearly 1.85 million internally displaced people in Ukraine.

In response, Epic will be supporting Direct Relief, UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency and the United Nations Food Program, with more organizations to be added in the coming days.

“They are on the ground providing emergency relief, including health care, food and clean water, essential supplies, legal assistance and shelter,” the announcement said.

Epic has confirmed that they won’t be waiting for actual funds to come in from their payment partners either. “Once transactions are reported, we log them and send the funds to the humanitarian organizations within days.”

According to Epic, “all real money Fourteen days Purchases made between March 20th and April 3rd will be distributed. These include V-Buck packs, giveaway Battle Passes, and cosmetic packs like the Voidlander Pack that sell for real money. Purchases of in-game cosmetics and retail V-Bucks cards are also included if redeemed in-game during this window.”

“Funds from existing, reactivated or new Fourteen days Crew subscription renewals processed between March 20 and April 3 will be included in the aid funds,” they added.

The company has also confirmed that there will be no opt-out for players. “If you want to avoid having Epic confiscate the money from your purchase, please do not purchase with real money Fourteen days until April 4, 2022 or later.”

Earlier this month, Epic, along with studios like Activision, Take-Two, EA, and Nintendo, stopped selling their products in Russia.

Some studios are also directly affected by the invasion. Ubisoft recently announced that it will offer alternative housing and early paychecks to its employees in Ukraine. At the same time, the Kyiv-based studio GSC Game World announced this Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl Development has been “marginated” and will resume “after victory.” The same studio later changed the title of the game to Heart of Chernobyl to reflect the Ukrainian spelling of the region.

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Caroline Bleakley

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