A lot of people love gamers who do YouTube let’s plays and Twitch live streaming for a living. Eventually, I’d like to add that stuff to the offerings I do online (under the etg banner or a different pseudonym). For now, though, I’m leaving it to the experts.
The great things about those experts is that they often put their talents to good use. A group of speedrunners joined forces to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation with a week-long speedrunning marathon streamed on Twitch.
The annual game streaming marathon fundraiser Extra Life. Every year, gamers come together to do 24-hour live streams of them playing games to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Streams start at about 8:00 AM local time and run for the next 24 hours. Donations and presumably stream ad revenue go to charity.
It started as an April Fools’ Day joke and quickly became something bigger. It was just a little prank on April 1st. Two months later, it was a reality with the Karts DLC released on Steam. And one month after that, Bohemia took a portion of the proceeds of the sales and donated it to the Czech Red Cross.
Neither rain, nor snow, nor DDoS attacks stayed gamers from raising a record amount of money for charity during last weekend’s Extra Life charity fundraiser. Despite suffering a DDoS attack on its main website, Extra Life raised over $3.8 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.