Sony has confirmed that EU PlayStation users raised nearly half a million pounds towards the Great East Japan Earthquake efforts since the disaster happened on March 11.
In a letter to Sony, and posted on the official PlayStation EU blog, the British Red Cross confirmed
that it had received a donation of £466,465.60 from the company, via PlayStation Network gamers.
PSN users have been able to contribute to the emergency relief efforts by donating through the PlayStation Store. The charity said, "Thanks to the PlayStation community’s amazing contribution to the appeal, the Japanese Red Cross is able to support victims of the tsunami with cash grants."
"These will be given to victims who have lost immediate family members; families whose homes were destroyed by the earthquake, tsunami or resulting fires; families whose homes were severely damaged; and households who have been required to evacuate. It will equip up to 70,000 transitional shelters with a package of essential home appliances, benefiting some 280,000 people."
Back in April, Sony confirmed that
U.S. PlayStation users had raised a total of $1.3 million for the Japan relief effort, with all the proveeds going towards the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund and the Red Feather Community Chest Movement for Japan and Asia.