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Once again, here comes the video game industry to do good in the world. Despite being the easy villain to many, including high-profile politicians, video games and their communities can often be seen doing good to the world. A few weeks ago, we discussed how an itch.io game bundle was giving away thousands of dollars worth of games in a bundle containing over 1,000 titles to raise money for charities supporting Ukrainians. Despite a minimum price of $10 in a “pay what you want” format, this package had already raised $2 million of a $100,000 goal and was then targeting $4 million instead.
Well, the package also exceeded that goal. Instead, this package ended up raising over $6 million.
Originally, the bundle had a relatively small goal of $100,000. This goal was quickly achieved and after just 24 hours the indie bundle had already raised just over $1.5 million. It ended yesterday reaching a grand total of $6,370,557.
Pretty impressive. Especially considering that the itch.io bundle wasn’t the only game, fully intentional pun, in town when it came to raising money for charities supporting Ukrainians. Humble Bundle also got in on the act, raking in an almost identical sum.
As I write this now, the bundle has already exceeded 6 million dollars. Considering the incredible selection of games on offer and the fact that the whole thing only costs $40, I suspect that by the time this bundle ends in a week, it will end up grossing a lot more than $6 million.
Add the two up and that’s over $12 million in charity! (And as I just mentioned, the Humble Bundle will likely increase that number even more by next week.)
$12 million raised for charity for innocent people living hundreds or thousands of miles away is just not a reason to scoff. It’s the kind of thing that never gets the headlines it deserves. This title space is apparently rather reserved whenever there are heavy shootings that can be blamed on video games.
But we still haven’t finished. Although these independent sites have done a great job of raising $12 million for these charities, you kind of have to be impressed with what Epic has managed to do by committing the first two weeks of from Fortnite Revenue from the 3rd season to charities supporting Ukraine.
Yesterday, Epic kicked off the next season of Fortnite and announced that for the next two weeks, all money it earns from in-game purchases in the popular battle royale will be donated to charities supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. . Now, only 24 hours later, and with 13 days remaining, Epic revealed that it has already raised $36 million.
According to Epic, all money earned will be donated to a selection of organizations, including Direct Relief, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme. Epic says it will add more charities in the coming weeks.
Additionally, Epic does not expect real money to filter through its partners and affiliates. Instead, it transfers the money to charities as soon as the purchase is reported. It’s not nothing either.
The point here is not that all video games and players are good all the time. It would be absurd. Instead, the point here is that the gaming industry and community, so often the scapegoat for many of the world’s ills, isn’t actually the world’s villain.
That would be Vladimir Putin, frankly, and the gaming industry is trying to help.
Filed Under: charity, fortnite, ukraine, video game bundles, video games
Companies: epic, humble bundle, itch.io