As a famous quote in the Spider-Man movies says: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney really takes those words to heart. Over the last 10 years, he has continuously been contributing to the protection of wildlife and prevention of deforestation. Now, it seems he is putting some of the billions of dollars that Fortnite generated in revenue last year to good use.

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Fortnite brought Epic Games billions of dollars in 2018.

It is no secret that Sweeney is a dedicated supporter of wildlife preservation, but his latest act towards this goal is what really caught the attention of those who want to do more. Recently, the Fortnite boss bought more than 40,000 acres (Roughly 16,200 hectare) of land to protect the area, even donating some of it to Mount Mitchell State Park. Moreover, he also donated 15 million dollars (More than 106 crores) and more land to Box Creek Wilderness. Thanks to this, the area now has permanent protection.

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Epic founder Tim Sweeney is a strong advocate for wildlife protection

Explaining the reason for this, Sweeney said the area is “one of the most diverse” in North Carolina with many rare species, which makes it very suitable for the Fish and Wildlife Service. He doesn’t plan to stop there either. In the future, he will extend his support to other places. “This is one piece of the puzzle,” he said.

Sweeney’s action is a respectable effort, especially considering that it happens at a time when preserving forests has become more important than ever. According to research conducted by 24 scientists and led by North Carolina State University professor Nick Haddad, there are only two existing forests on Earth right now that are completely intact.

Thankfully, Sweeney is not alone. Many billionaire philanthropists are also taking steps to help save our Planet Earth. Back in 2015, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma also bought 28,000 acres (over 11,300 hectares) of land in the Adirondack mountains – New York and stopped all logging activities in the area.

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Chinese billionaire Jack Ma is also a big contributor to the effort to protect Earth

These contributions are incredible, but again, they are just small pieces of a much bigger picture.