As COVID-19 continues to plague countries around the world, more corporations are doing what they can to fight against the virus. The video game industry is no different. Some of the biggest names in gaming are taking a stand to combat the epidemic, financially and through community-oriented events.
On March 31, Rockstar Games posted a status on Facebook saying it will donate 5 percent of its revenue from GTA Online and Red Dead Online to COVID-19 relief efforts. All the donations will go to local communities and businesses devastated by the outbreak. This amount might not sound like much, but GTA V made over $500 million in 2019 alone — 5 percent is a decent amount of money. Combine that with 5 percent of Red Dead Online’s revenue and it adds up fast.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red also donated some of its earnings to COVID-19 research. The company gave 4 million PLN (around $950,000) to Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy, a charity in the developer’s native country of Poland that raises money for elderly care and pediatric advancement. Half of the money came from the CD Projekt Red itself, while the other half came from the company’s main shareholders and management. The company later released a statement thanking the medical industry for its service.
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Video game companies are doing what they can to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many are donating to charities to help fight the virus.