Ever since Twitch was but a wee babe, it has been clear that one of the community’s most important goals has been helping others. The passion for giving has been self-evident through the constant support for broadcasters and assistance for community members in need. This is especially pronounced in the astonishing amount of funds raised for charitable causes. Since Twitch’s launch, the community has now officially raised over $75,000,000 for over 100 different charities!
We wanted to take a moment to celebrate this incredible accomplishment made possible by thousands of talented and generous individuals, while also highlighting some of the events in 2017 that have led the community to the strongest annual fundraising start ever. While Twitch raised a record of $25.3 million for charity last year, only $4.6 million of that was raised through July 2016. The $9.1 million raised so far in 2017 shows big potential for reaching even greater heights by the end of the year.
Here are some prominent events, both old and new, that have led the charge:
- Games Done Quick raised $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation during AGDQ and $1.8 million for Doctors Without Borders during SGDQ.
- GuardianCon more than doubled last year’s total raised for St. Jude with $1.2 million.
- The PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Charity Invitational featured several Twitch partners and was this year’s biggest new fundraiser with over $220,000 raised for Gamers’ Outreach.
- Gamers For Orcas raised $105,000 for WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) in their first annual event.
2017 Charity Update: Twitch community gives back at record pace! was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.