A new season of Fourteen days starts today, and Developer Epic is donating all of its proceeds from the first two weeks to humanitarian efforts related to Ukraine. The promotion runs from March 20th to April 3rd and includes all “real money” in-game purchases, ie purchased V-Bucks, subscriptions, gifted Battle Passes and certain cosmetic packs. (Epic notes that “the use of V-Bucks in Fourteen days are not included as these are not real money purchases.) It also includes retail gift card purchases as long as they are redeemed within the two-week window.
As part of the effort, Microsoft will also “share its net proceeds for Fourteen days during this time so that we can provide more aid to the people of Ukraine.” The funds will be donated to a number of different organizations including Direct Relief, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme. The developer says it will be adding more supported organizations “in the coming weeks.”
Epic says it will send funds to these organizations as soon as possible. We do not wait for actual funds to come in from our platform and payment partners, which may take a while depending on how the transaction is processed. As soon as transactions are reported, we log them and send the funds to the humanitarian organizations within a few days.”
The news comes as other gaming-related efforts have managed to raise millions of dollars for humanitarian aid following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A bundle of indie games on Itch.io raised more than $6 million earlier this month, and a Ukraine-focused Humble Bundle has already surpassed the $9 million mark.
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