$40,000 donated to UNICEF’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief following Square Enix’s online auction

Square Enix Inc. has announced the donation of $40,000 to UNICEF’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief.

The proceeds came from a week-long (March 15-26) online auction of limited edition and one-of-a-kind artwork from the popular Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster title. The art pieces were also on display at Gallery Nucleus of Alhambra, California. The auction included more than 50 pieces of limited edition concept art, illustrations and sketches from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. The online art gallery and auction can be viewed here.

“In Final Fantasy X, we portrayed a disaster in the village of Kilika,” said Yusuke Naora, art director of the original Final Fantasy X. “While we normally write stories that are about saving the world, I wondered if there was anything we could do through our games to share the pain felt by those affected. I hope that I was able to achieve that through the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Online Art Auction.”

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan caused a tremendous amount of damage in the Philippines that resulted in over 14 million people, including nearly six million children, being affected. With the help of the Philippine government and partner humanitarian organizations, UNICEF has been able to provide clean water, deliver emergency kits, open child-friendly spaces and temporary schools for thousands of students, and reunite lost children with their families.

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