In an enormous gesture of generosity, and in line with other charities the Rockstar studios have participated on (and even made GTA Online modders donate their mod tool money to…), Rockstar has announced they are donating 5% (trust me, that’s a lot when it comes to online proceeds!) of their online game proceeds to COVID-19 relief efforts!
We don’t quite know which relief efforts or where yet, as the company said they would be talking more about it soon, but they have left a message on their site:
The Rockstar Games community is at the center of everything we do. We love seeing players immersed in exploration of our virtual worlds and connecting with each other through them. As our teams navigate these difficult times, we see our local communities across 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.
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. 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 this crisis. As things progress, we will share more on these efforts.
Thank you for your support, and we wish you and your families health and safety.The Rockstar Games Team