Epic Games and Microsoft raised more than $144 million for humanitarian relief efforts in support of Ukraine, the developer announced. As previously confirmed, between March 20th and April 3rd, Epic Games donated all proceeds from Fortnite to charity to support the country following the Russian invasion.
In this regard, Xbox donated its own net earnings from Fortnite during this period to support charitable efforts for the people of Ukraine. Xbox is expected to receive a platform fee of around 30%, and given Fortnite’s size and stature, that percentage is likely a big part of the change. The campaign is now complete, raising $144 million over a two-week period.
Epic and Microsoft are donating the funds to UNICEF, Direct Relief, the World Food Program and the UN Refugee Agency. These groups provide emergency relief through the distribution of food and water, as well as water and other essential supplies. The money will also help with legal aid and providing shelter. Epic Games said it will be adding more charitable partners in the coming weeks.
Epic clarified that it will send funds to these charities as soon as possible. This means that Epic donates the money before it’s even credited to Epic’s own bank account. “We are not waiting for actual funds to come in from our platform and payment partners, which may take a while depending on how the transaction was processed. Once transactions are reported, we will log them and send the funds to the humanitarian organization within days,” Epic said.
Funds come from purchasing V-Bucks, Fortnite Crew, gifted Battle Passes, and cosmetics. Any V-Bucks cards or cosmetic DLC purchases at a retail store between March 20th and April 3rd will also be counted and donated to the charities.
And when Epic says it’s donating 100% of the proceeds from those sales, that means the gross purchase price minus taxes, refunds, returns, cancellations, and third-party platform fees. For Xbox, the wording is similar: Microsoft donates the gross proceeds of its cut after returns and chargebacks, billing costs, bandwidth costs, operational expenses, and taxes.
After the attacks, Ukraine has urged PlayStation, Xbox and e-sports organizations to stop supporting Russia. Several film studios have stopped releasing new films in the country, while Apple no longer sells products there.
If you would like to support relief efforts, we have compiled a list of humanitarian organizations like the Ukrainian Red Cross and UNICEF that you can donate to.
This story has been and will continue to be updated as new funding amounts are announced.
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