Platform(s): Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, iOS
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Epic Games
Release Date: July 25, 2017

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Epic Games Donates 'Fortnite' Proceeds To Support Humanitarian Relief for Ukraine

by Rainier on March 20, 2022 @ 9:21 a.m. PDT

Fortnite is an expansive original world that invites players to be creative, resourceful and collaborative, combining building skills and destructible environments with intense PvP combat.

In Fortnite, players and their friends lead a group of Heroes to reclaim and rebuild a homeland that has been left empty by a mysterious darkness only known as “the Storm.”

Players will band together online to explore the world for resources, build extravagant forts, find or build insane weapons and traps as they protect their towns from the strange monsters that emerge during the Storm.

Fortnite Battle Royale is the FREE 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite. One giant map. A battle bus.

The last one standing wins.

Epic is committing all its Fortnite proceeds from March 20, 2022 through April 3, 2022 to humanitarian relief for people affected by the war in Ukraine. Xbox is joining us in this effort and is committing their net proceeds for Fortnite during this time, so that we can get more aid to the people of Ukraine.

Below are the humanitarian relief organizations we are supporting. They are on the ground providing emergency aid, including health support, food and clean water, essential supplies, legal aid, and shelter. More organizations will be added to this list in the coming weeks.

How quickly is Epic sending funds to the relief organizations? 

As quickly as we 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. As transactions are reported, we’ll log them and send the funds to the humanitarian relief organizations within days. 

What purchases count towards supporting people affected by the war in Ukraine? 

All real-money Fortnite purchases made between March 20, 2022 and April 3, 2022 will be distributed. This 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 during this window.

Using V-Bucks in Fortnite will not be included as those are not real-money purchases.

100% of Epic’s Fortnite proceeds is equal to the gross purchase price of all Fortnite in-game purchases or retail purchase redemptions transacted between March 20, 2022 and April 3, 2022 from sales throughout the world, excluding taxes, third-party platform fees, refunds, returns, or reversals.

Microsoft is contributing net proceeds from all sales of Fortnite content on Microsoft Store between March 20, 2022 to April 3, 2022, in all countries where Fortnite is sold. Net proceeds is equal to the gross proceeds net of returns & chargebacks, billing costs, bandwidth cost, operations cost, and taxes.

I’m a Fortnite Crew member, does my subscription get included in the proceeds?

Funds from existing or re-activated Fortnite Crew subscription renewals processed between March 20, 2022 through April 3, 2022 will be included. Any new Fortnite Crew subscription sign-ups between March 20, 2022 through April 3, 2022 will also count towards relief funds. 

How will this affect my earnings if I’m in the Support-A-Creator program?

It won’t! This program doesn’t alter Creator earnings. Epic will separately fund all Creator affiliate payments from code usage between March 20, 2022 and April 3, 2022, so that all of Epic’s Fortnite proceeds earned during that time period can be distributed to humanitarian relief organizations.

I’m in the Support-A-Creator program. Can Epic distribute my affiliate earnings to relief organizations for me?

If you’d like to contribute your Support-A-Creator earnings to support humanitarian relief for people affected by the war in Ukraine we suggest you partner directly with your preferred organization. There are lots of great ones to choose from.

Epic is distributing proceeds to humanitarian relief organizations, does that mean I can claim a credit on my taxes? 

Purchases made in Fortnite between March 20, 2022 and April 3, 2022 won’t be considered tax deductible donations for players. If you have more questions about this, we recommend contacting a tax professional in your country for assistance. 

I’m a big fan of one of the relief organizations listed, can I choose which organization the funds from my purchase are sent to?

Not as part of this program.

Can I “opt out” if I don’t want my Fortnite purchase to go towards humanitarian relief?

All of Epic’s Fortnite proceeds earned in the window will be distributed to support humanitarian relief. If you’d like to avoid Epic including the funds from your purchase, please hold off buying anything with real money in Fortnite until April 4, 2022 or later.

UNHCR, UNICEF, and WFP do not endorse any brand, product, or service. No portion of the purchase price is tax deductible.

UNICEF, UNHCR, and WFP are UN agencies, with a mission to provide humanitarian relief and aid. It is critical to UN agency global work that all actions be autonomous and neutral from the political, economic, military, or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.

Fortnite is currently available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Android and iOS.

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