Solidarity with the People of Ukraine

Mar 9, 2022 - Bungie

Bungie stands with the people of Ukraine and everyone impacted by the ongoing war.

At the time of this article being published, it is reported that over two million Ukrainians are displaced by an ongoing invasion, with no end in sight. Family, friends, homes and communities are being lost.

Through our Bungie Foundation, we are able to use philanthropic means to express our beliefs and values through the lens of humanitarian support. Last week, the Bungie Foundation committed to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the first 48 hours of their Game2Give charity initiative directly to humanitarian aid organizations in an effort to help the people impacted by this war. Players proved once again that they’re Guardians of the world, raising $120,000, and we cannot thank each and every donor enough for their contribution. Bungie will also continue to match our own employee donations donation to any additional U.S. based 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. These proceeds will be donated to the following two organizations:

  • Direct Relief: Our most trusted and longest-standing humanitarian aid partner, Direct Relief is mobilizing a massive humanitarian response for Ukraine’s most vulnerable communities. With an immediate focus on treating injuries and other trauma caused by violence, they are working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to compile emergency response packs containing IV fluids and antibiotics, tourniquets, oxygen, and more. However, they are also already preparing for the near future, when wide-scale displacement will lead to a host of chronic health problems. They’re preparing items such as cold chain medications, maternal health supplies, and medicines to care for a wide array of infectious diseases.
  • International Rescue Committee: As two million people and counting have fled Ukraine to seek safety in neighboring countries, the IRC is working to scale up support of their governments and civil societies in order to provide for the basic needs of these refugees. They are also calling out continued breaches of International Humanitarian Law and discriminatory treatment of individuals displaced by the war, calling on the leaders of Russia to adhere to this law, especially in protection of civilians and vulnerable groups such as women and girls.

Looking forward, there is more that we can all do. We encourage you to continue supporting these two organizations in whatever way is meaningful to you. We’ve also vetted some additional organizations who are doing incredible work in Ukraine and would be grateful for your support:

Today we’re also announcing two actions specifically coming to Destiny 2. Starting today, we will be working with our partners to suspend all Destiny 2 sales and commerce in Russia and Belarus. Players in these regions will still be able to play any Destiny 2 content they have already purchased and download the free game but will no longer be able to purchase new content or Silver.

Additionally, we are introducing the Cоняшник emblem, being created for players to show their support for the people of Ukraine and all of those impacted during this ongoing crisis, and beyond. This emblem will be free to all players, and will become available on Thursday, March 10. We will share a universal code to redeem this emblem in this week’s TWAB.

For “Cоняшник,” we humbly tried to exemplify the hope and courage that has been so emblematic of the Ukrainian people during this impossible time. Alongside Ukraine’s coat of arms, impressionistic sunflowers, Ukraine’s national flower, populate the peaceful countryside – a metaphor for hope and our way of expressing solidarity. 

We sincerely thank everyone in our community for the ongoing support.
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