Sega spins Sonic charity drive

Proceeds from sales of iOS versions of the famous hedgehog's adventures going to the Red Cross this week; Football Manager signed up too.

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The earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Japan last week have already had an impact on games companies, and now, several firms have detailed their plans to help those caught up in the aftermath of the disaster.

Sonic's sales will be donated to charity.
Sonic's sales will be donated to charity.

Capcom announced yesterday that all Street Fighter IV iOS sales this week will go "to support earthquake relief activities" and that it would also donate ¥100 million ($1.2 million) to the cause.

Sega is also running a similar deal for a range of iOS titles. All Sonic titles on Apple's platform will see their prices reduced this week, and all their proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. In the US, Sonic Spinball is being reduced to $0.99, Sonic 1 to $1.99, Sonic 2 to $2.99, and Sonic 4 to $3.99. In the UK, the titles are priced at 59p, £1.19, £1.79 and £2.39, respectively.

The firm also announced that proceeds this week for the iOS version of Football Manager Handheld, from UK studio Sports Interactive, would also go to the Red Cross.

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