Despite some negative publicity and some bad apples, gamers are really good-hearted folks. Case in point, Twitch has announced that its community has raised more than $75 million for various charities since the popular streaming service launched in 2011.
Various charity streams on Twitch raised more than $25 million last year, while more than $9 million has been raised so far this year, the company said in a blog post. Here are some of the bigger events:
- Games Done Quick has provided some of the biggest numbers. The winter event, Awesome Games Done Quick, raised $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The Summer Games Done Quick event brought in $1.8 million for Doctors Without Borders.
- GuardianCon raised more than $1.2 million for St. Jude Children's Hospital, more than doubling the amount it raised last year.
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds brought in $220,000 for Gamers' Outreach in its inaugural event, making it the largest new charity drive for twitch so far this year.
- A Gamers for Orcas marathon raised $100,000 for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation group.
Congrats to the awesome people helping others.
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As useless as gaming generally seems, it's nice to think that it's able to give something back.