Playstation Users Worldwide Support Relief Effort

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TOKYO (PRNewswire) — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) on Tuesday updated the status of the Great East Japan Earthquake relief effort through PlayStation Network, which started in North America and Europe on March 19 and in Japan and elsewhere in Asia on March 24.

PlayStation Store has offered special custom themes for the PlayStation 3 system to those who donated money through the PlayStation Network to support emergency relief and recovery efforts. The effort is now operating in 40 countries around the globe.

PlayStation users’ worldwide donations as of March 31 totaled 109.6 million yen (approximately $1.318 million). The full amount will be donated to an organization in each region supporting the relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the earthquake: American Red Cross – Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund for North America, British Red Cross for Europe, and Central Community Chest of Japan, known as the Red Feather Community Chest Movement, for Japan and Asia.

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake,” said Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  “While we continue to make every effort to help the recovery of the affected communities in the region, I would like to express our gratitude to every single PlayStation user across the world who made a contribution to the effort.”

SCE, as a member of the Sony Group, will continue its support of the relief effort. For more information, visit http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/csr/groupcsr.html?fm=csr71001.

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