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Gamers Helped Capcom Donate $500,000 for Relief Efforts Via Street Fighter IV

Capcom's iPhone sale translated into a good chunk of change. Feels good, man.

How about some feel good news?

Capcom Japan today revealed that a whole bunch of you helped the company raise roughly $500,000 to donate towards the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts ongoing in Japan.

Back in March, Capcom put the pretty decent Street Fighter IV for iPhone on sale for $1 for a week, with all money collected becoming aid for Japan. The results of those sales were released by Capcom today, totaling about $500,000.

"Capcom hopes that these donations may contribute to help provide the greatest possible amount of assistance to the earthquake victims," the company said, while announcing the impressive numbers. "Furthermore, we wish the restoration activities in the damaged areas progress as quickly as possible."

Capcom will also be donating another one million dollars towards the same cause.

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Posted by patrickklepek

How about some feel good news?

Capcom Japan today revealed that a whole bunch of you helped the company raise roughly $500,000 to donate towards the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts ongoing in Japan.

Back in March, Capcom put the pretty decent Street Fighter IV for iPhone on sale for $1 for a week, with all money collected becoming aid for Japan. The results of those sales were released by Capcom today, totaling about $500,000.

"Capcom hopes that these donations may contribute to help provide the greatest possible amount of assistance to the earthquake victims," the company said, while announcing the impressive numbers. "Furthermore, we wish the restoration activities in the damaged areas progress as quickly as possible."

Capcom will also be donating another one million dollars towards the same cause.

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Edited by Tylea002

This is good news!

Posted by Scooper

Happy news.

Posted by boylie

That's awesome to hear.  I haven't heard much about how Japan is doing lately actually; I should go read up...

Posted by Natedogg2

Huzzah!

Posted by KarlPilkington

That was a great idea.

Posted by Zelnox

^_^

Posted by JeanLuc
@boylie said:
" That's awesome to hear.  I haven't heard much about how Japan is doing lately actually; I should go read up... "
Yeah I feel like the news stations haven't been covering it as much as they should.
Posted by Mento

500,000 people bought an iPhone game for charity's sake? That's a lot of touching gestures.

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Posted by boylie
@wasteguru said:
" @boylie said:
" That's awesome to hear.  I haven't heard much about how Japan is doing lately actually; I should go read up... "
Yeah I feel like the news stations haven't been covering it as much as they should. "
No, and they won't unless like all of the plants explode in unison or something. Mainstream media is like a kid with ADD; the second something else comes along, they lose all interest in the thing they were covering and put all their attention to the new thing. It's sad, ESPECIALLY when stuff like this happens, but that's the way they roll. 
Posted by GunsAreDrawn

When I saw the title i thought the donations were regarding them losing money because of PSN.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut

JAPAN GETTIN PAID

Posted by Meltbrain
@boylie said:
" @wasteguru said:
" @boylie said:
" That's awesome to hear.  I haven't heard much about how Japan is doing lately actually; I should go read up... "
Yeah I feel like the news stations haven't been covering it as much as they should. "
No, and they won't unless like all of the plants explode in unison or something. Mainstream media is like a kid with ADD; the second something else comes along, they lose all interest in the thing they were covering and put all their attention to the new thing. It's sad, ESPECIALLY when stuff like this happens, but that's the way they roll.  "
Very true.
Posted by craigbo180

Shout Outs to Japan.

Posted by Chris2KLee

Grabbed it myself. Fun times and helping people, always a good combo.

Posted by Nightfang
@craigbo180 said:
" Shout Outs to Japan. "
God help them.
Posted by animateria

Now if they sold the PSN/360 costume bundles for $1, they'd make much, much more.

Posted by Xpgamer7

Yay!

Posted by ManlyBeast
@nightfang: \
LOL like god cares about people.
Posted by TechHits
@GunsAreDrawn said:
" When I saw the title i thought the donations were regarding them losing money because of PSN. "
lol me to
Posted by ReddenBlack

I donated to the red cross right after the quake. I really hope more gamers donate, WE LOVE JAPAN!!!

Posted by Jeffsekai

Get Hype!!! for helping Japan!

Posted by GetEveryone

The power of Street Fighter compels you!

Posted by Zaxex

This sort of thing is such a good idea. So many benefits.


Gives to charity which makes the customer happier and the company seem nicer, plus, of course going towards people in need.

Being a digital download the overheads are much lower than what giving away physical products would be.

As a result I'm happier spending my money on Capcom products and this might be one of the best ways of donating. It can rely on consumer greed (not as mean as it sounds) and give them something they might want in exchange for a small sum, and give that to those who need it.

I've donated about the same through bought products as I have to Red Cross for this earthquake, anyone who's considered donating, you don't have to give much but just because the news is dying down doesn't mean Japan has been rebuilt.
Posted by heatDrive88

Love this story. Gives that warm fuzzy feeling when gaming can make some sort of contribution for charity.

Posted by copycatzen

Sonic Boom!

Posted by teh_destroyer

Its nice to not feel depressed after clicking on a news article :).

Posted by 234r2we232

This is great news -   Really good work by Capcom. Other publishers should take note!

Edited by xaLieNxGrEyx


Capcom complains about lost revenue due to psn being down, but donates a million dollars.

 

I know a million isn't much of hurt for a large company, but it seems like they could have just kept their mouth shut instead of being all

 

 

"PSN downtime hurts so much, we might not pull through"

 

 

Don't get me wrong though, love capcom and good for them.

Posted by N7
@animateria said:
" Now if they sold the PSN/360 costume bundles for $1, they'd make much, much more. "
Well, that PSN thing they did ended up raising one mirrion dorrars.

They should start doing that; releasing items for download with all proceeds going to Japan.

It's good to see Japan getting more support, anyway. Especially since I haven't heard anything since like two weeks after the incident.
Posted by MisterMouse

awesome!

Posted by DanK_
@Mento said:
" 500,000 people bought an iPhone game for charity's sake? That's a lot of touching gestures. "
I loled, sir.
Posted by JJOR64

GO CAPCOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Chalian

Shout Outs to Capcom.
Posted by Damodar

Let's not forget the fighting game community raised at least $30 000 on their own with Fight For Relief etc

Posted by JJOR64
@Damodar said:
Let's not forget the fighting game community raised at least $30 000 on their own with Fight For Relief etc
True dat son.
Posted by vinsanityv22

More publishers should do stuff like this. I remember Sony - before those dumb bitch hackers got their hands on it, anyway - had those PSN themes where, if you bought it (for $2, $5, $10, or more - you pick what you pay), all the money would go to Red Cross relief. I bought a couple of those. It felt good. Way more opportunities should present themselves like this for gamers to help.

Posted by DeadlyWolverine

Sweet deal! :P So glad for everyone!

Posted by MeatSim

That's really impressive.

Posted by Twiggy199

Good work Capcom and to all those involved!. Great news.

Posted by madcran

This is awesome!

Posted by demontium

Yo do that math... at 1 buck each,   500,000 people bought it.