Fortnite Raised $144 Million For Ukraine
We previously mentioned in another article that Fortnite publisher Epic Games would be donating all revenue from its in-game purchases towards a Ukrainian relief fund through Unicef and a handful of other organizations from March 31st to April 3rd. In addition to that, Microsoft said it would also donate the fee it takes out of the purchases to the same fund.
Well, that deadline ended yesterday, and now the numbers are in. Epic has reported that they raises a total of $144 million for Ukraine.
Epic Announces Raising $144 Million For Ukraine
In a tweet this morning on the official Fortnite account @FortniteGame, Epic made the following announcement:
"Our deepest thanks to everyone who joined us in supporting humanitarian relief efforts for people affected by the war in Ukraine.
Together with the Fortnite community and @Xbox, we raised $144 million USD for @DirectRelief @UNICEF, @WFP, @Refugees and @WCKItchen."
A Successful Launch of Chapter 3 Season 2
The push to raise funds for Ukraine was a part of a successful launch of Fortnite Chapter 3 season 2. As we previously reported, Epic created a ton of buzz around the charity drive (as well as the new season) by temporarily introducing a no-build mode for the game. Players loading into Fortnite's casual mode could play a brand-new version of the game that required zero building that had players spawn in with the recharging overshield, mantling, and a faster sprint speed.
This new mode got people talking about Fortnite again in a major way - and even prompted some big Twitch creators who had moved away from the game in recent years to fire up their computers and do new streams.
The experiment was so successful in fact that last week Epic announced that a Zero Build mode was coming to the game permanently.
It was also apparently successful enough to raise a good amount of money for those affected by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Good job, Epic!
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