September 14, 2020

Let’s talk about GamersCare

Playing Minecraft to fight cancer? It’s more likely than you think! 

In the last two days, dozens of local streamers banded together to raise money in the fight against cancer. Partnered with Kom op tegen Kanker, Plantjesweekend, and 4Gamers, the group raised an incredible €15,000 because of generous gamers like you! 

Did you miss it? Here’s how it went down. 

There were a bunch of games on the menu, but Minecraft was on the centre stage. Streamers like Espe, Mowglitch, and Crostplay teamed up with friends to build a massive Minecraft garden in support of the irl flower sales of their charity partner Plantjesweekend.

For gamers with a need for some faster-paced viewing, other streamers offered up some games like League of Legends, Fall Guys, and Little Nightmares. And if you happened to miss the whole thing, you can check out the VODs via the GamersCare website.

More importantly, you can still donate

Gaming has been in the middle of charity events for a very long time. Many of these events are even household names now. Even the Netherlands’ blood bank Sanguin partnered with Riot Games in 2018 to gave away Blood Moon Thresh skins to new blood donors! 

From game bundles to competitions to streams, the gaming scene has raised millions of dollars for a variety of charities. The speedrunning event Games Done Quick raised over $3 million in January 2020 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Extra Life pulled out $14 million in 2019 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. And all those cheap games you grab on Humble Bundle? Their efforts have raised a total of over $184 million, spread over eight charities.

Now those are some wild numbers raised by very large crowds. But even individual streamers have been taking the time to change the world. DrLupo’s 2018 stream contributed $600,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and he followed that up with a 2019 contribution of $2,339,943, including a $1 million donation directly from Twitch! 

Gamers have been raising phenomenal amounts of money for charities of every shape and size for years. These fundraising efforts have proven time and time again that when the gaming community bands together, they can move mountains.