Update: Fortnite's income for the next two weeks will be pledged to help the people of Ukraine, but in the past 24 hours alone it's accrued an enormous $36 million to support charities like UNICEF, among others — an impressive and applaudable result!
Even if you're not feeling the new season, consider picking up the Battle Pass anyway to support the various humanitarian efforts mentioned in this article.
Original Story: Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced all of the proceeds generated by the Battle Royale game for the next two weeks will be donated to various charities supporting Ukrainian humanitarian relief. This covers "V-Buck packs, Fortnite Crew, gifted Battle Passes, and cosmetic packs such as the Voidlander Pack sold for real money". The team promises 100 per cent of its proceeds from today until 3rd April 2022 will be donated, excluding "taxes, third-party platform fees, refunds, returns, or reversals".
Epic Games will donate the proceeds to Direct Relief, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), and UNHCR — The UN Refugee Agency. "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." It is not possible to waiver the funds from your purchase being sent to the aforementioned charities.
What makes the pledge even more significant is that Fortnite Season 2 begins today, meaning lots of players will be buying V-Bucks to pick up the new Battle Pass and cosmetics. Therefore, this could add up to be an incredibly large donation. To learn more, click the link.