The host of the popular online game World of Tanks - which allows players to throw themselves into "epic tank battles of World War II" - has donated more than $30,000 to the RSA.
A third of the proceeds from the sale of the game's gold packages during a three-day period was donated to Australian returned services organisation Legacy, which then chose to share a portion of its takings with the RSA.
RSA national president Don McIver was honoured to accept the US$25,000 (NZ$31,447) donation at Anzac House in Wellington this morning.
"I think what it did was intensify the number of friends in the United States and Australia," he said.
"These people donated because of their interest in participating in the welfare for New Zealand servicemen."
On the World of Tanks website, the game was described as a "team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armoured warfare".
It said: "Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world".
Players' arsenal includes more than 160 armoured vehicles from America, Germany, France and the Soviet Union.
McIver said he had watched the war game, and other than finding it loud, he didn't give it much thought.
"I don't think it's a game that is going to get a lot of people to jump in tanks and make war except in an electronic environment."
"I've seen games by my grandchildren and by others and I've heard about other games which are much more extreme than this game."
Jeremy Monroe, general manager of Wargaming America, said the Anzac Day charity drive was a huge success thanks to its World of Tanks players.
"We couldn't be more proud of them for helping to raise such an impressive donation and we're extremely pleased to present the money they raised to the RSA today."
Nicholas Moran, US Army captain and militaria relations for Wargaming America, presented the cheque on behalf of the company.
Legacy would receive its share of the proceeds at a separate presentation in Australia tomorrow.
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