Russia under Vladimir Putin is still waging war on Ukraine, attacking the sovereign country again this year in a much more comprehensive invasion. Russian attacks continue, but the Ukrainian army has managed to repel the invading force in recent weeks. But the situation persists as Russia faces many consequences from the global community.
Boycotts have hit Russia due to the war with Ukraine, with companies pulling out of the country, including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Nike, and tech giants like Sony and Microsoft, among others. Game companies that have boycotted Russia include CD Projekt Red, Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, etc. Gaming companies have also raised money for people affected by Putin’s actions, including refugees.
In a funding update published on October 25, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, listed the contributions of various donors. These include countries such as the United States, Germany, Sweden, Japan, United Kingdom, Norway, as well as the European Union. But one company stands among these nations as one of the most generous contributors.
Epic Games is listed in countries like the United States and Sweden as one of the biggest donors, as the game company donated $26,516,903 to UNHCR. This ranks it above many countries on the list of contributors. It’s not the only company to have been generous, as IKEA is proud to contribute almost $22.5 million, just below Epic.
That’s perhaps unsurprising since Epic Games announced earlier this year how it was fundraising. In March, the maker of Fortnite announced that all proceeds from in-game sales of the popular title, from March 21 through April 3, would be donated to humanitarian efforts for Ukraine. Xbox also did its part as Microsoft said it would donate the fees it usually receives from items purchased by Fortnite players.
“Together with the Fortnite and Xbox community, we’ve raised $144 million for Direct Relief, Unicef, the United Nations World Food Programme, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and World Central Kitchen to support their humanitarian relief efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine,” Epic wrote in a blog post at the time. He also expressed his “deepest thanks” to those who supported him.
Sony, Supercell, Nintendo, CCP Games, Koei Tecmo, Square Enix and Konami are among the other game companies that donated and are listed in the UNHCR report, although the latter three’s contributions pale in comparison to the others due to their size. The full list of contributors can be found here.