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

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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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 (6436 posts) -
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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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#2 Edited by Tylea002 (2382 posts) -

This is good news!

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#3 Posted by Scooper (7920 posts) -

Happy news.

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#4 Posted by boylie (321 posts) -

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

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#5 Posted by Natedogg2 (492 posts) -

Huzzah!

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#6 Posted by KarlPilkington (2803 posts) -

That was a great idea.

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#7 Posted by Zelnox (440 posts) -

^_^

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#8 Posted by JeanLuc (3874 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 (3560 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 (321 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. 
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#11 Posted by GunsAreDrawn (343 posts) -

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

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#12 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6354 posts) -

JAPAN GETTIN PAID

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#13 Posted by FlappyHands (2975 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.
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#14 Posted by craigbo180 (1763 posts) -

Shout Outs to Japan.

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#15 Posted by Chris2KLee (2401 posts) -

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

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#16 Posted by Nightfang (406 posts) -
@craigbo180 said:
" Shout Outs to Japan. "
God help them.
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#17 Posted by animateria (3327 posts) -

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

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#18 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2471 posts) -

Yay!

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#19 Posted by ManlyBeast (1230 posts) -
@nightfang: \
LOL like god cares about people.
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#20 Posted by TechHits (1483 posts) -
@GunsAreDrawn said:
" When I saw the title i thought the donations were regarding them losing money because of PSN. "
lol me to
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#21 Posted by ReddenBlack (148 posts) -

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

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#22 Posted by Jeffsekai (7156 posts) -

Get Hype!!! for helping Japan!

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#23 Posted by GetEveryone (4541 posts) -

The power of Street Fighter compels you!

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#24 Posted by Zaxex (622 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.
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#25 Posted by heatDrive88 (2762 posts) -

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

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#26 Posted by copycatzen (819 posts) -

Sonic Boom!

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#27 Posted by teh_destroyer (3693 posts) -

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

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#28 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -

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

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#29 Edited by xaLieNxGrEyx (2646 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.

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#30 Posted by N7 (4144 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.
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#31 Posted by MisterMouse (3600 posts) -

awesome!

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#32 Posted by DanK_ (75 posts) -
@Mento said:
" 500,000 people bought an iPhone game for charity's sake? That's a lot of touching gestures. "
I loled, sir.
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#33 Posted by JJOR64 (19642 posts) -

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

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#34 Posted by Chalian (215 posts) -

Shout Outs to Capcom.
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#35 Posted by Damodar (1857 posts) -

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

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#36 Posted by JJOR64 (19642 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.
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#37 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1066 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.

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#38 Posted by DeadlyWolverine (33 posts) -

Sweet deal! :P So glad for everyone!

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#39 Posted by MeatSim (11098 posts) -

That's really impressive.

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#40 Posted by Twiggy199 (599 posts) -

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

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#41 Posted by madcran (2 posts) -

This is awesome!

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#42 Posted by demontium (5084 posts) -

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

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