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An increasing number of companies are stepping up to help during the global coronavirus pandemic. The latest to do so is Rockstar Games through two months of revenue donations.

In a post on Facebook late yesterday, Rockstar announced that from April 1 to May 31, five percent of revenue generated from purchases in the online games GTA Online and Red Dead Online, “will be donated to COVID-19 relief efforts.” In particular, Rockstar wants the money used for local communities and businesses who are struggling.

For now, we don’t know specifically how Rockstar will distribute the money, but it is going to work with organizations and share regular updates over the next two months. As Grand Theft Auto V managed to sell over 120 million copies worldwide as of the end of 2019, and Read Dead Redemption 2 has sold 29 million copies so far, there’s certainly scope for this initiative to generate a significant amount of revenue even if only a small percenatge of players opt to spend their time in the online areas of each game.

As Kotaku points out, GTA Online accounts for why GTA V continues to sell so well and it currently sits as the fifth most played game on Steam. If you add to that everyone being stuck at home, it makes sense more players will choose to play online and start purchasing digital currency in both games over the coming weeks. Now they can do so knowing some of their money is going to a good cause.

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