Players of EVE Online, the online multiplayer role playing game from Icelandic company CCP, have collected over USD 68,000 so far to help the Red Cross in earthquake relief work in Nepal.
The collection began at the beginning of the month and takes place within the game itself and ends on May 24. Donations go directly to the Icelandic Red Cross, as part of the charity’s ongoing aid appeal for relief work in Nepal.
Players donate in the game using PLEX (Pilot Licence Extension), which is one of two currencies used in the game. Each PLEX is worth around USD 15, and CCP takes care of exchanging the currency into dollars and donating it to the Red Cross.
This is the sixth time CCP has coordinated with EVE Online players to collect for pressing humanitarian issues under the banner of PLEX for Good. Players have previously collected for victims of floods in Pakistan, earthquakes in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina in the USA, the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan and the cyclone which struck the Philippines two years ago—totaling over USD 340,000.
“We have watched the destruction and devastation that has struck Nepal in the wake of the earthquake, and both the players and EVE Online wanted to try to do something to help. We are of course very pleased to participate in supporting the massively important humanitarian work of the Red Cross in the region and to be able to create this platform for EVE Online players to show their compassion,” CCP communications head Eldar Ástþórsson said in a statement.