PlayStation gamers give over $1 million for Japan relief

Back in March, Sony asked gamers to contribute some money from their PlayStation Network wallets to help the ongoing relief efforts in Japan. "Please join us now in helping the Japanese people during this great time of need. Together we can have a significant impact on the relief process," SCEA President Jack Tretton said back then. Today, Sony has revealed that gamers have contributed more than 129.7 million yen to relief efforts--about $1.6 million US.

In the US, gamers were able to donate in various amounts: $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50. As a reward, a special "Japan Aid" XMB theme (pictured) was offered to everyone that contributed. Funds were distributed to various organizations: the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross, and the Red Feather Community Chest Movement.

Sony broke down the contributions by region. North America donated $425,644, while Europe was even more generous, contributing €609,155 (about $875,112). Japan and Asia contributed the remaining 25 million yen. The success of this fundraising effort shows that gamers are more than willing to contribute to the larger good.