PSN raises $1.29 million for Japan

Sony says gamer contributions through PlayStation 3's online network top platinum milestone through March 31.

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Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami last month continue to take their toll on the island nation, and many global communities have stepped up to provide financial support during the time of crisis. One such community is gamers, and Sony Computer Entertainment said today that its Great East Japan Earthquake relief effort through the PlayStation Network has raised ¥109.6 million ($1.29 million) through March 31.

PSN gamers have raised more than $1 million for Japan.

Sony launched its donation drive in North America and Europe on March 19 and extended it to Japan and Asia on March 24. Donations are being collected from 40 countries, and gamers who contribute to the effort have been offered custom PlayStation 3 themes.

According to the Tokyo-headquartered electronics giant, the full amount of collected funds will be dispersed to a variety of agencies aiding in the relief effort. These include the American Red Cross - Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund for North America, British Red Cross for Europe, and Central Community Chest of Japan known as the Red Feather Community Chest Movement for Japan and Asia.

Discussion

151 comments
KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

this was sweet! much respect to all who participated! ^_^

blackace
blackace

I'll have to get those themes when I have a minute. Very good job on this from everyone. I wonder if Microsoft and Nintendo are doing similar things. I haven't had time to check. Between Haiti and now Japan, I don't know which was worse. Both places were devastated due to these frequent Earthquake. I hope we make it through 2012.

Duke_Dude
Duke_Dude

This make me happy I donated :) It's nice that Sony provided us a way to do this on PSN instead of trying to find a way to online and maybe succumbing to scams! Good on you Sony, Japan my thoughts are with you!

Rovelius
Rovelius

10$ is all I could afford but I'm proud I did it instead of buying something.

night-dreamers
night-dreamers

Bravo Sony, raising my hat (that I don't have) for your commendable deeds. :)

BrunetteGuard07
BrunetteGuard07

Well done everyone that donated! I'm loving the theme, it's really cute :3

wolfie1971
wolfie1971

Yeah,let's help even the minimun 5$ or 5€ will be good.If all PS3 gamers do help........ Let's go!

Nerissa
Nerissa

Doesn't matter how much you donated, when a large amount of people pull together, even $5 can turn into a million, great job everyone.

StraferBiz
StraferBiz

I wonder when EA will take action

ishan9
ishan9

give credit to those who deserve it.and i give credit to those who donated.

madSomnambulist
madSomnambulist

I was glad to see that Sony made it this straightforward and simple to donate, similar to the insta-$10-with-a-text thing offered by mobile networks in the US. Several software companies have done the same. This is actually a good affirmation for me that even gamer-folk who might otherwise remain detached or disinterested in current events have a moral code that much of the public would like to think they lack.

DarkGamerkill
DarkGamerkill

That would be the day when we see an article named "EA raises money to help japan"

Mustafa1987142
Mustafa1987142

@Wiplash4elpres: Sorry brah for dragging your name into it. My fault to assume based on your link to Gates' donation and not checking earlier posts. Mea Culpa. agree 0 disagree 0 = 0 (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator

monson21502
monson21502

good for the gamers!!! who says we are all a much of selfless nerds?

TF626
TF626

Good to hear people are willing to help. Japan is a beautiful country, very peaceful people, and rich culture.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@Crash_WL if anyone came here & type some stupid fanboyish comment their on a whole new leve of selfishness & i pitty them.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@Crash_WL if anyone came here & type some stupid fanboyish comment their on a whole new leve of selfishness & i pitty them.

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

This is a noble and a necessary posture from Sony.My next games are from the playstation network,but somebody please inform me if Nintendo have already done something alike yet.I don't doubt that Nintendo would at least donate a million too but I need the facts, not just the wondering.

vega13mv
vega13mv

it's a small token of gratitude for the hundreds of hours ive spent enjoying their great games, thank you japan

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Wiplash4elpres: Sorry brah for dragging your name into it. My fault to assume based on your link to Gates' donation and not checking earlier posts. Mea Culpa.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

I'm proud to have donated 5$, I wish I had more in my wallet... Stop the stupid system wars, we're talking about people who are suffering for f***'s sake, grow up just for a day.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Great news! Good to see the gamers care about the motherland of games.

Mr_Alexander
Mr_Alexander

I bet it would have been higher if it hadn't been for those damn PSN hackers the other day. Anyway, great job people (and sony) :)

supdotcom
supdotcom

@WilliamRLBaker do u read? its not sony itself, its the gamers who have donated to the japan cause via psn.

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@WilliamRLBaker Your mad because there is no mention of Mircrosoft why would you turn something like this into "It has to be a Fanboy thing"...Man grow up will you...

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

I trust Sony a lot more than any religious or political organization...so I feel a lot better about their competence than others attempting to help in this grave situation.

defter23
defter23

Helping our Japanese brothers and sisters is our responsibility

RobbySpry
RobbySpry

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Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

We are all happy to help!! :D Be proud gamers, we did something great!

masterds64
masterds64

Not a fan of the theme but I donated for the cause, it's the only charity that I was willing to give more than $2 for. With family/idols/all the coll stuff I love over there, I gotta give something...I felt I should of donated more but I'd end up giving my life savings...in the end it's the thought that counts, if they do it again, I'm donating more next time.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I dont see hackers donating anything... hhmmm.. they'll just hack it and get it for free anyways LoL! jk ... where you at microsoft!

dentui
dentui

Sweet. I am glad to be a proud contributor :)

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

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grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Donated today through PSN and didn't even download the theme- I just think this is a great idea; more charities should offer to take donations through consoles. Think of how much money gamers could come up with if we were given the option to donate an extra dollar to a charity any time we buy pay-dlc? I'd do it- and if a million others do the same (which is likely, considering the gamer population is way bigger than one million) that's a million dollars! On that note, Activision should definitely donate at least a dollar per Black Ops map pack to Japan- at the very least it would help justify them being $5 too expensive as it is.

zzamaro
zzamaro

I donated again cuz of the new theme but I also think Sony should offer an avatar. In Mexico, there are people from red cross asking for donations sometimes in the streets or other places and they usually give and put you a sticker or something like that on the t-shirt.

LOXO7
LOXO7

Maybe this disaster we will actually see what these millions are doing, unlike previous earthquake funds to another island.

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

I donated just to help, but I love the theme.

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

That's great news :) Take that Foxnews!

SnakeEatinBeans
SnakeEatinBeans

Excellent Job to us gamers that will give those anti-gaming politicians something to think about. Also, I wonder what Fox News has to say about the gaming community contributing to the relief efforts?

Wiplash4elpres
Wiplash4elpres

@the_requiem My initial post on this thread was pointing out to someone that it wasn't Sony donating the money, but the gamers themselves. And I agree with all that part of what you are saying. Gamers donating is a good thing. Also, I didn't turn it into a fanboy war. The person mentioned Bill Gates not donating money and I politely showed him/her evidence otherwise. Now, lets quit this nonsense...

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

You know, TF2 raised over $300,000 with ONE in-game item and that somehow is completely overlooked. Blah.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

@WilliamRLBaker Well I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Sony put out a press release saying their PSN charity drive was very successful. Now this is where it gets tricky, so make sure to stick with me. Gamespot is a website that reports about video game news. So I'm sure there was at least 1 person in their office who thought "Hey, I could write an article relating to this press release!". Honestly, people who say that gamespot puts out certain news to incite fanboy rants and get more views/comments etc. are just as crazy as the fanboys themselves. Gamespot had their own donate to Japan thing, but why didn't they post their success. It must have been cause they're waiting to counter the Kotaku numbers and get more page views, right?

the_requiem
the_requiem

@WilliamRLBAker @Wiplash4elpres: You're right, every company worth its salt has donated. But news here is not that Sony donated, which am sure they would've, but GAMERS donating. PSN was just the medium, it were PSN users who raised all that money, that is why GameSpot is reporting about this. Stop turning it into another fanboy flamewar. All corporations donate coz it makes good business sense, simple as that. But gamers donating, even when they didn't have to, is the real news.

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

*shakes head* so much fanboy wars on such a sad subject but any one notice how Gamespot didnt report about the money Micrsooft donated along with computers, and point to point software built up to syncronize efforts to bring food, water..etc throughout the regions affected...Why do you say they did this? to garner hits and usage while people fight over stupid crap like who donated the most and who donated. There are few companies that haven't donated.