Fortnite is without doubt one of the best games of this decade. Tim Sweeney, the owner fist released the game in 2017, and since has become the world’s biggest game thanks to its free-to-play Battle-Royale mode.
Tim Sweeney is best known for founding the Video and 3-D software company Epic-Games in the early 1990’s. The company has since launched popular games such as Gears of War, Unreal Tournament and their latest and most successful game Fortnite. In addition to all his success and tons of money that he has made – According to Bloomberg as from 2019 he has a net worth of $7.18 billion – He has kept his promise to protect undeveloped and bio-diverse land in Western Carolina for future generations.
In November 2016, he donated $15 million for a conservation project in order to protect 7,000 acres of the Box Creek Wilderness. This forest is located in the historic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“It’s one of the most diverse areas in North Carolina. It has such rare plant and wildlife species; it seemed a perfect fit with the Fish and Wildlife Service. This is a first step – there will be other places protected. The goal is to connect South Mountains State Park to Chimney Rock. This is one piece of the puzzle.”
The Mind Unleashed wrote:
“Sweeney’s conservation efforts come at a time when protecting our nation’s forests has become increasingly important. A study led by North Carolina State University professor Nick Haddad and conducted by 24 scientists, found that there are only 2 truly intact forests left on Earth.
When the study’s authors examined the effects of human involvement on forests, they found habitat fragmentation leads to 13 to 75 percent decrease in plant and animal diversity, reduces the ability of animals and plants to survive and can even distort the food chain, as smaller patches of forest tend to have an increase in predator population.
Thankfully, as science continues to learn more about the importance of undeveloped forest land, billionaire philanthropists are noticing and taking action. China’s wealthiest man has also taken note of the importance of conservation. In 2015, Jack Ma, the billionaire behind online retail giant Alibaba, purchased 28,000 acres of land in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY. His first action taken after purchasing the land was to halt logging operations.” (Source)
At the end of the day if it means that Fortnite getting bigger means Sweeney is able to continue conservation work, then I hope the success of the game continues and never stops.
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