Fortnite Creator is Buying Thousands of Acres of Forest to Stop It From Being Cut Down

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Sweeney is best known for founding the video and 3-D software company Epic Games in the 1990’s. Epic Games has given us popular video game titles such as Unreal TournamentGears of War and, most recently, the massively popular game Fortnite. In addition to these popular gaming titles, the billionaire philanthropist has made good on his promise to protect undeveloped and bio-diverse land in the picturesque western Carolina mountains for future generations.

For over 10 years now, since 2008 Sweeney has used millions of dollars to support conservation projects in North Carolina, his home state, to preserve and guard its forest. Over the last decade, he’s purchased nearly 40,000 acres of land, which makes him one of the largest private land owners in North Carolina.

Sweeney himself said:

“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.”

This is how you tell the difference between fake philanthropy and real efforts: consistency and openness. A year later, the man purchased 193 acres in Alamance County for $1.973 million, from one Sizemore Brothers LLC. After securing this land, Jose Kellher, a representative of Sweeney guaranteed that the land would not be developed.

Then last year, he purchased another piece of land, a 1,500 acre place known as Stone Hills, that could have been developed to become a golf resort community.

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