The fund was announced in a press release from Sony, which detailed the Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19. It’s worth noting that Sony Interactive Entertainment, the company responsible for PlayStation, are subsidiaries of the Sony Corporation conglomerate, which is where this news is sourced from.
The corporation revealed that it will be supporting the COVID-19 relief effort in three main areas: “assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work remotely, and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry.”
$10 million of the fund will be allocated first and foremost to organizations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, UNICEF and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Sony is also looking at ways in which it can use its expertise in technology to support the loss of education opportunities around the globe, while schools are closed and teachers and students forced to isolate.
The statement also notes that it is working on means to support the creative community in “music, pictures, games and animation.” Sony Corporation CEO Kenichiro Yoshida rounded off the statement with a message of support for those affected by the virus.
“We will do all we can as a global company to support the individuals on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, the children who are our future, and those who have been impacted in creative communities,” his quote reads.
This follows a number of other companies in the games industry who are doing their bit to help fight the pandemic and support health workers worldwide. Nintendo recently donated nearly 10,000 respirator masks to healthcare workers in Washington, and CD Projekt Red has donated almost $1 million to help fight COVID-19’s spread in Poland.
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