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Fortnite raises $144 million for aid in Ukraine

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In two weeks, Fortnite has raised a total of $144 million for relief efforts to Ukraine. Ahead of the most recent season, developer Epic Games said it would donate all proceeds from the game, along with those from Microsoft, to humanitarian efforts following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for a period of two weeks.

The game grossed $36 million on its first day alone, and today, Epic revealed the final total of $144 million. The money will go to various aid organizations, including Direct Relief, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme.

Epic’s efforts are just one of many Ukraine-related fundraising initiatives by game developers. Last month, League of Legends developer Riot Games Raised $5.4 Milliona bundle of nearly 1,000 games on Itch.io brought in more than $6 million, and Humble Bundle managed to raise $20 million.

The current season of Fortnite has been an eventful one. It was initially launched without one major feature: build. Since then, Epic has introduced a combat-focused Zero Build mode to the game, and last weekend added the building to its core combat once again.


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