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

Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -

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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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -

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.

Staff
#2 Edited by Tylea002 (2291 posts) -

This is good news!

#3 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

Happy news.

#4 Posted by boylie (305 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by Natedogg2 (438 posts) -

Huzzah!

#6 Posted by KarlPilkington (2656 posts) -

That was a great idea.

#7 Posted by Zelnox (378 posts) -

^_^

#8 Posted by JeanLuc (3518 posts) -
@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.
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#9 Posted by Mento (2258 posts) -

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

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#10 Posted by boylie (305 posts) -
@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. 
#11 Posted by GunsAreDrawn (292 posts) -

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

#12 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6067 posts) -

JAPAN GETTIN PAID

#13 Posted by Meltbrain (2966 posts) -
@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.
#14 Posted by craigbo180 (1739 posts) -

Shout Outs to Japan.

#15 Posted by Chris2KLee (2308 posts) -

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

#16 Posted by Nightfang (371 posts) -
@craigbo180 said:
" Shout Outs to Japan. "
God help them.
#17 Posted by animateria (3252 posts) -

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

#18 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2343 posts) -

Yay!

#19 Posted by ManlyBeast (1120 posts) -
@nightfang: \
LOL like god cares about people.
#20 Posted by TechHits (1353 posts) -
@GunsAreDrawn said:
" When I saw the title i thought the donations were regarding them losing money because of PSN. "
lol me to
#21 Posted by ReddenBlack (113 posts) -

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

#22 Posted by Jeffsekai (7017 posts) -

Get Hype!!! for helping Japan!

#23 Posted by GetEveryone (4454 posts) -

The power of Street Fighter compels you!

#24 Posted by Zaxex (569 posts) -

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.
#25 Posted by heatDrive88 (2173 posts) -

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

#26 Posted by copycatzen (816 posts) -

Sonic Boom!

#27 Posted by teh_destroyer (3556 posts) -

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

#28 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

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

#29 Edited by xaLieNxGrEyx (2579 posts) -


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.

#30 Posted by N7 (3570 posts) -
@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.
#31 Posted by MisterMouse (3531 posts) -

awesome!

#32 Posted by DanK_ (48 posts) -
@Mento said:
" 500,000 people bought an iPhone game for charity's sake? That's a lot of touching gestures. "
I loled, sir.
#33 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

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

#34 Posted by Chalian (216 posts) -

Shout Outs to Capcom.
#35 Posted by Damodar (1155 posts) -

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

#36 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -
@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.
#37 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1064 posts) -

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.

#38 Posted by DeadlyWolverine (32 posts) -

Sweet deal! :P So glad for everyone!

#39 Posted by MeatSim (10603 posts) -

That's really impressive.

#40 Posted by Twiggy199 (495 posts) -

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

#41 Posted by madcran (1 posts) -

This is awesome!

#42 Posted by demontium (4707 posts) -

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

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