Rockstar Games has announced they’ll donate a percentage of purchases from GTA Online and Red Dead Online to COVID-19 relief efforts.
In a post on their Instagram page, Rockstar Games has announced they’ll donate 5% of their revenue from GTA Online and Red Dead Online to COVID-19 relief efforts.
“Starting April 1st, and continuing through the end of May, 5% of our revenue from purchases in our online games, GTA Online and Red Dead Online, will be donated to COVID-19 relief efforts,” says Rockstar Games. “These funds will be used to help local communities and businesses struggling with the impacts of COVID-19, both directly and by supporting some of the amazing organizations who are on the ground helping those affected by the crisis. As things progress, we will share more on these efforts.”
Rockstar Games isn’t the only company in the games industry lending a hand. Gamedev.world has formed the GDC Relief Fundraiser to help game developers affected by COVID-19 and GDC being postponed. Additionally, Humble Bundle has announced a new bundle to provide COVID-19 support, with 100% of the profits going towards the support. The bundle includes games such as Undertale, Hollow Knight, and Superhot.
“The Rockstar Games community is at the center of everything we do,” continues Rockstar. “We love seeing players immersed in exploration of our virtual world and connecting with each other through them. As our teams navigate these difficult times, we see our local communities in North America, the UK, India, and beyond being deeply affected. Small businesses have closed their doors, and communities who rely on government-provided support that they cannot access are struggling. The road ahead will be challenging, and we want to help where we can.”
Like every other industry, COVID-19 has left an impact on the games industry. GDC was supposed to happen this month but it got postponed to this August. Additionally, E3 got canceled, leaving developers such as Ubisoft and Microsoft to hold digital events instead.