Stop pressing the refresh button, the auction is over. Microsoft has announced that the limited edition The Beatles: Rock Band Xbox 360 console raised a whopping $17,300 in its 10 day eBay auction, garnering over 110 bids from around the world. The charity auction, benefiting Doctors Without Borders, will allow the purchasing of various equipment to immunize over 86,000 people or purchase enough emergency kits to meet the basic medical needs for over 2,800 for over 15 days in the event of a disaster.
Not only did the auction provide financial support for the international medical humanitarian organization, gamers have been downloading the Xbox exclusive track, “All You Need Is Love” at breakneck speeds, making it the fastest selling downloadable song in Rock Band history. At 160 Microsoft Points per song, all of which are passed on to Doctors Without Borders, the donations from the gaming community have continued to roll in since the song’s release.
“We are thrilled over the contributions to us so far from downloads of ‘All You Need Is Love,’ and from the auction of the beautiful, one-of-a-kind Xbox console,” said Dr. Matt Spitzer, president of the board of directors of Doctors Without Borders. “We are incredibly grateful for having been selected as the beneficiary of this promotion. Funds generated from initiatives such as this can go a long way,” he added. “Severely malnourished children will be treated, people displaced by war will receive life-saving medical care, and people living with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other neglected diseases will have access to the medicines they need. On behalf of our patients, Doctors Without Borders says ‘Thank You.’”
As if we needed any encouragement to join others in downloading the song, Microsoft has said that all those who purchase the track will be registered to win one of the rare limited edition consoles and a Rickenbacker 325 replica guitar controller.