Fortnite: Battle Royale developer Epic Games announced on 20 March that they will be committing all of the game’s proceeds from 20 March to 3 April towards humanitarian relief for people affected by the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Epic made its announcement shortly before the release of Fortnite: Battle Royale’s latest major update: Chapter 3 Season 2.
Microsoft-owned brand Xbox will also be joining Epic in its humanitarian effort by committing their own net proceeds from Fortnite during the same 15-day period indicated by the developer.
Epic’s humanitarian effort will be supporting relief organisations Direct Relief, United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), and the UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency.
These organisations will provide emergency aid in the form of health support, food and clean water, as well as essential supplies, legal aid, and shelter to Ukrainians affected by Russia’s invasion.
All real-money Fortnite purchases, including V-Buck packs, Fortnite Crew, gifted Battle Passes, and cosmetic packs, will go towards Epic’s humanitarian effort. The developer added that they are sending funds to their supported relief organisations “as quickly as we can”.
The war in Ukraine, which has been going on for almost a month, started when Russian president Vladimir Putin started the invasion on 24 February under the guise of a “special military operation”.
Gaming events and esports competitions in Eastern Europe have also been disrupted by the crisis in Ukraine, with both League of Legends and Dota 2 competitions in the region currently suspended indefinitely.
Dota 2 developer Valve Software said that no esports competitions can be safely held in Eastern Europe “for the foreseeable future” due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“As the terrible suffering caused by the war in Ukraine unfolds, we do not see a way that the Eastern European [Dota Pro Circuit] league can happen as envisioned for the foreseeable future, and it was with much regret that we recently had to postpone the Spring Tour in one of the community’s most vibrant and storied regions,” said Valve.