'Fortnite' Raises $144 Million for Ukraine Aid Over Two-Week Span

'Fortnite' maker Epic Games joined forces with Microsoft to raise $144 million over a two-week span with proceeds going to Ukrainian relief organizations.

'Fortnite' logo on a smartphone screen with Ukraine flag in the background.

In this photo illustration a Fortnite logo seen displayed on a smartphone screen with a flag of Ukraine in the background.

'Fortnite' logo on a smartphone screen with Ukraine flag in the background.

Fortnite developer Epic Games and Microsoft’s Xbox raised $144 million over the course of two weeks for Ukrainian relief organizations, Deadline reports. The proceeds will be split between Direct Relief, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the United Nations World Food Programme. 

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. pic.twitter.com/lPAa8lmfJn

— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 4, 2022

Epic Games announced last month that all money made from March 20 through April 3 would be donated towards humanitarian relief for those affected by the war in Ukraine. Since the initiative coincided with the highly-anticipated launch of Chapter 3 Season 2, Fortnite raised a staggering $36 million on the first day alone. 

Ukrainian vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov took to Twitter to thank Epic Games for their “crucially important” support. 

Thank you @EpicGames for understanding that people's lives are not a game. Your support is crucially important for us. https://t.co/nDF2cE57to

— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 22, 2022

Riot Games raised $6.5 million for Ukrainian aid, while indie developers joined forces for The Bundle for Ukraine, which offered nearly 1,000 titles for a $10 donation, and generated $6 million. 

Last month, Epic suspended operations in Russia over president Vladimir Putin’s decision to go to war with Ukraine, joining the likes of Activision Blizzard, Nintendo and many more. 

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