By Mark Bergin, WRAL senior multiplatform producer
Cary-based video game company Epic Games has pledged its support to humanitarian relief for Ukraine.
From March 20 through April 3, Epic will commit all its proceeds from the popular game “Fortnite” to humanitarian relief for people affected by the war in Ukraine.
Early Sunday morning, the popular game posted a message about Epic’s efforts on its social media pages, which have tens of millions of followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
On Epic’s website, the company said Xbox is also joining in the effort for aid.
Epic plans to support Direct Relief, the United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations World Food Programme and UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency.
The organizations are providing emergency aid, health support, food, clean water, essential supplies, legal aid and shelter.
Epic said it plans to add more organizations to its list in the coming weeks, and it will send funds to the organizations as quickly as it can.
“We’re not waiting for the actual funds to come in from our platform and payment partners, which can take a while depending on how the transaction was processed,” Epic said on its website. “As transactions are reported, we’ll log them and send the funds to the humanitarian relief organizations within days.”
Real-money purchases will help in the relief efforts, which includes V-Buck packs, Fortnite Crew, gifted Battle Passes and cosmetic packs such as the Voidlander Pack sold for real money. Retail store purchases of in-game cosmetics and V-Bucks cards will also be included if they are redeemed in-game from March 20 – April 3.
Using V-Bucks in “Fortnite” will not be included because they are not real-money purchases.