GuardianCon For A Cause
The GuardianCon has come a long way. A few years ago, it was just a small Destiny con. Now it has transformed into an all-weekend show held in July in Orlando. Aside from being an event for gamers and enthusiasts alike, it also runs a week-long charity stream. And this year may be its biggest year yet, as it raised over $3 million for a children’s hospital in Memphis.
Big Bucks For Kids
According to a report from Forbes, the stream operated in four-hour blocks, along with streamers, teams, and even private companies joining the cause.
Bungie, Inc. is an American video game developer based in Bellevue, Washington. It raised $400,000 in their four hours. Though the numbers were impressive, the big chunk came in during Ben “DrLupo” Lupo’s turn playing Fortnite, when over $920,000 was donated.
The amount came pouring from his fellow streamers like Ninja. Even the private company State Farm Insurance donated $10,000. All proceeds will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Viewers of the stream were encouraged to donate with stretch goals built into each stream.
To make the streams a real event for a cause, Bungie, for example, showed off some of Destiny 2’s new weapons, while DrLupo played with some self-imposed handicaps, like not being able to build in Fortnite and dropping weapons.
The course of the stream was awe-inspiring as a ton of patrons has shown their support for the cause. During the end of the stream, donations amounting to $20,000-$40,000 from anonymous wealthy patrons have flooded in.
GuardianCon’s charity stream had hoped to raise $3 million, but due to everyone’s support and generosity, the whole affair has amassed a total of $3,721,097. Things like this will make you proud to be part of the gaming community.