Zynga players raise $1 million for Japan relief

Mar 14, 2011
This aerial view taken during an AFP-chartered flight shows an area destroyed by the tsunami in Sendai. Zynga, maker of popular social networking games such as "FarmVille," said Monday that its players have raised $1 million for Save the Children's Japan relief efforts.

Zynga, maker of popular social networking games such as "FarmVille," said Monday that its players have raised $1 million for Save the Children's Japan relief efforts.

Zynga spokeswoman Dani Dudeck said in a message on her feed that the money for the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund was raised in 36 hours.

"We at Zynga are grateful that we can offer some assistance to Save the Children by mobilizing our technology, people and amazing community of players to support this organization in providing aid to the children of ," the company added in a blog post.

Zynga asked users to donate money through the purchase of virtual goods in FarmVille, CityVille, FrontierVille and its other games.

All of the proceeds from the purchase of sweet potatoes in CityVille, radishes in FarmVille or kobe cows in FrontierVille are going towards Save the Children's relief efforts.

Zynga has raised millions of dollars in recent years through similar campaigns, most notably for the relief efforts in Haiti.

Zynga is one of a number of US technology giants offering digital ways to donate to Japan's recovery from the massive and devastating tsunami.

Apple has set up an option on iTunes to allow users to donate from $5 to $200 to the American Red Cross and the Red Cross has launched a campaign on through the social media giant's Causes function.

Twitter is providing information and advice as well as directing people to resources on the ground and offering ways to donate to help survivors.

Google's Crisis Response page offers a "person finder" service for people searching for information about friends or family and other resources.

Explore further: Facebook tuning mobile search at social network

More information: Digital ways to donate to Japan disaster relief

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Digital ways to donate to Japan disaster relief

Mar 14, 2011

Technology giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter are all offering digital ways to donate to Japan's recovery efforts following the massive earthquake and devastating tsunami.

No breakup: Facebook, Zynga commit for 5 years

May 18, 2010

(AP) -- Quelling rumors of a breakup, Facebook and the company behind many of the most popular games on the social network say they've signed a five-year partnership that will keep "Farmville," "Mafia Wars" and "Cafe World" ...

Zynga plants 'FarmVille' app

Jul 05, 2010

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus is expanding his farm. Zynga's ultrapopular Facebook game FarmVille, which has 70 million active monthly players, has launched a mobile app for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad touch-screen tablet.

Zynga buys rising mobile game star Newtoy

Dec 02, 2010

Zynga, king of online social networking games, is following its fans onto smartphones and other mobile devices with the acquisition Thursday of rising social play star Newtoy.

Recommended for you

'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

21 hours ago

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland.

Ecuador heralds 'digital currency' plans

21 hours ago

Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which ...

WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web

Aug 28, 2014

The World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the Internet.

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

Aug 26, 2014

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

User comments : 0