FarmVille studio Zynga's contributions to Matt Damon's Water.org nonprofit reach $1 million

"I am humbled by the generosity of Zynga players," the Bourne star says.

Social game company Zynga's life-to-date contributions to actor Matt Damon's nonprofit organization Water.org have reached $1 million, the studio announced this week. Water.org was established in 2009 by Damon and Gary White to help people around the world have access to safe water and sanitation.

Zynga's partnership with Water.org dates back to 2010 and is supported by players who choose to donate virtual currency for the real-world cause. Zynga says its efforts have helped communities in Haiti by building and repairing water infrastructures for more than 40,000 people.

The $1 million milestone was reached after Zynga donated $100,000 to Water.org following more than 421,000 Zynga Poker players contributing 2 trillion chips to a two-week "Water.org Helping Hands" charity pot.

"I am humbled by the generosity of Zynga players around the world who have supported Water.org," Damon said in a statement. "Every in-game donation is helping us realize our vision of safe water and basic sanitation for all within our lifetime."

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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9 comments
fede018
fede018

Y'all should apologize to Zynga for all the horrible things you say about them. They saved more lives than your lazy ass

coldreboot
coldreboot

Ah yes, Matt Damon, champion of the public school system. Until he pulled his kids out and put them in private school.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

well, something good.

but still Zynga blows

pohman
pohman

good job but i still hate FarmVille

sanchango
sanchango

@fede018  I saved lives!...in Super Mario 3D World. I have like 88 lives backed up when I die so I can come back! :D

fede018
fede018

@coldreboot would you send your kids to a public school even if you can afford to pay for a private school? Don't be an hypocrite idiot

Riddick123
Riddick123

@pohman  Just think of all the water wasted in Farmville that could have been used in this charity instead.

sanchango
sanchango

@fede018 @coldreboot  I don't see the point of private schools, i honestly don't. What does it offer that makes it better than public schools?