EVE Online Players Donate Over $130,000 to COVID-19 Relief Efforts via CCP Games’ PLEX for GOOD Initiative
CCP Games, creators of the deep and uniquely player-driven spaceship MMO game EVE Online, are proud to announce PLEX for GOOD, the charitable EVE Online program, has been successful in raising over $130,000 for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS).
Raising $135,500 since April 3rd, PLEX for GOOD is a charitable program operated by CCP Games on behalf of EVE Online players. Having already raised$107,454 in February for Australian bushfire relief efforts by the Red Cross, this year has been its most successful yet. It provides a way for EVE players to donate to a charitable cause through the use of the in-game digital currency PLEX – allowing for charitable donations by those who otherwise might not have the means to donate real money.
“An unprecedented global crisis has been met by an unprecedented level of support and for that, I am once again hugely proud, grateful and humbled by the efforts of our players,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games. “We stand together as a community in our support of the work that is being done by health workers, scientists, and institutes around the world to fight this pandemic and bolster its relief.”
Money raised will go directly to the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate the global relief effort for COVID-19, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. It will also help the WHO to ensure that all countries – especially those with the weakest health systems – are prepared, as well as supporting their work to understand the virus, to ensure frontline workers get essential supplies and information, and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.
Donations were also made to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS), the prestigious policy think-tank which works to protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters, ensuring that communities remain resilient to major challenges, such as COVID-19. Their research focuses on improving organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks, whilst advancing policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases and a continued risk of pandemic flu.
Beginning in 2005 with fundraising efforts for the South East Asian Tsunami, PLEX for GOOD has now raised $713,620 for charitable causes, an incredible feat of which all EVE Online players can be immensely proud.