Rockstar Games, one of the biggest publishers in gaming today, has made a big update over social media and its website on how it’s helping the communities near its worldwide studios with its COVID-19 relief plan after being hit the hardest by the pandemic.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) August 3, 2020
As part of this Rockstar Covid-19 Relief initiative, to a list of chosen charities near each of its nine studios, the publisher is donating 5% of the April-to-May revenue made from in-game purchases in the online components of its hit titles, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto V, known as Red Dead Online and GTA Online. How much money are we talking here, though? An analyst prediction noted in VentureBeat’s announcement of the Rockstar Initiative in March said that donations could total to $2 million a month. Rockstar doesn’t normally disclose exact revenue figures, so we might not know how much was donated unless they publically announce it themselves.
The full update on the Rockstar website also lists all of the charities and organisations that will receive financial support from the Rockstar Covid-19 Relief initiative. Including food banks, health care services and other additional charities, 47 in total will be able to benefit from these donations.
Just because April and May are long gone doesn’t mean Rockstar is done with these games yet, though. Red Dead Online’s latest update focusing on hunting legendary animals, The Naturalist, is now available to play. Despite being a 7-year-old game, GTA V is also coming to the PS5, although the announcement trailer has nearly double the dislikes compared to likes.