In an effort to raise funds for charity, a Minecraft streamer reaches and surpasses the donation goal for the stream before it even begins.
The $25,000 funding goal for a Minecraft charity stream was met before the Twitch stream even began. Twitch hosted the Minecraft event to raise funds for the Gamers Outreach Foundation. Even though the objective was met, the stream continued as planned. The amount of money that was ultimately raised for this charity, especially at such a rapid rate, was not anticipated.
The Gamers Outreach Foundation is a charity that provides hospitalized children with access to video games so that they can focus on their health and play rather than on medical procedures, losing friends while hospitalized, or worrying about the unknown. According to the charity’s website, “Gamers Outreach is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring a sense of joy and normalcy in the lives of hospitalized children. We believe the world is a better place when kids can play, and gamers have the power to help.” Twitch has been a source of charity streams that raise money for various causes, such as Awesome Games Done Quick, due to its accessibility and ability to reach so many people, but this streamer had no idea how significant his fundraiser would be.
GoodTimesWithScar, a popular Minecraft streamer, broadcasted the event on his channel and took to social media afterward to thank everyone who supported the cause. Hermitcraft is the official name of the fundraiser, which was organized by the Hermitcraft Minecraft group. GoodTimesWithScar, a member of the Hermitcraft community, realizes in a Twitch clip that his stream has already surpassed the fundraising goal. He stated that he was “shocked” and becomes visibly emotional. Before the official beginning of the stream, over $30,000 had already been raised. The 2022 Summer Games Done Quick event raised over $3 million for charity over the course of multiple days, whereas this event raised over $400,000 in just a few hours.
According to the “about” section of his Twitch profile, GoodTimesWithScar has a neuromuscular disorder that makes his muscles weak. He is also frequently observed using oxygen in the water. Many viewed his circumstances as unjust, so GoodTimesWithScar sought to bring joy to his large and expanding community on YouTube and Twitch. A large number of content creators are attempting to spread goodwill in light of the controversy surrounding Twitch, particularly a Twitch community guidelines update prohibiting gambling.
GoodTimesWithScar has stated that “all the donations will go directly to the charity” and that he will be “very transparent” in the coming months to show viewers where their contributions have gone and what impact they have had. Even though there has been controversy on Twitch, there have also been many positive contributions to the platform, such as a wholesome video that helped a woman gain 89,000 viewers after a TikTok video. The website for Tiltify is still accepting donations.