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Funny and interesting moments on Twitch are something we see quite often, but historical moments – you know, the ones that stay with us forever – only happen a few times a year.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: Today at 12p PT, TwitchPlaysPokemon will restart the game that got this whole cabobble going, Pokémon Red. We’ll also reboot our original commemorative TPP t-shirt, this time in BLUE! The t-shirt will be on sale until February 28, and the Creator has deemed all proceeds shall go to Extra Life and Child’s Play charities.
One year ago today, one of the most amazing Twitch streams was born. A simple concept in which Twitch users input commands to control a game, but in this case, a game that was beloved by millions, Pokémon Red. We sat and watched in awe as a creative idea exploded into the now internationally recognized sensation…TwitchPlaysPokemon.
One of the amazing trends on Twitch is the community’s propensity towards charity and social awareness. This is best exemplified by the annual Awesome Games Done Quick, the biggest event for the emerging speed running community and one of Twitch’s largest charity marathons.
Twitch is proud to be a long-time supporter and sponsor of the Games Done Quick series of events, which is why we are very proud to reveal the astounding viewership metrics achieved during AGDQ 2015.
Kudos to the GDQ event organizers, on-site staff, volunteers, speed runners, contributors, and viewers alike. Here’s looking towards Summer Games Done Quick!
Just over two short weeks ago, the gaming community rallied together for Extra Life’s annual National Game Day marathon, with many of those memorable moments broadcasted on Twitch. Thanks in part to participation from the Twitch community, just over $5.4 million was raised by the weekend’s close! A big shout out to the current top fundraising team KBMOD and the Internet Famous, a group comprised of Twitch broadcasters and employees, including KBMOD, the Mindcrack Network, GassyMexican, CaptainSparklez, Lirik, and Syndicate.
And Extra Life isn’t done yet!
This Saturday, a happy horde of heroes will take up their controllers, mice, dice and keyboards in what has become one of the largest gamer-fueled online efforts yet.
Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon that works a lot like a run, walk, or bike fundraiser, without all of that pesky sweat and having to go somewhere. Play any game from video games to board games, and do it to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All of the funds you raise will go to a children’s hospital of your choosing! Find out more at http://extra-life.org.
Tune in this Saturday, October 25th, for 24+ hours of gaming for a great cause. To all the viewers who want to watch Extra Life content you need look no further than the Extra Life Twitch Directory.
Over the years, Twitch has been a huge supporter of broadcasted charity gaming marathons. One in particular, Extra Life, has been a massive success. During Extra Life’s organized National Game Day, thousands of gamers simultaneously partake in gaming for up to 25 hours straight, benefitting sick and injured kids treated at the 170 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals across the United States and Canada.
This year, Extra Life is at it again. On October 25 (and again going for 24+ hours), gamers will play in efforts to raise money for the specific CMN hospital of their choice, and Twitch is ready to help #ForTheKids! Twitch’s goal is to be able to track all of the amazing work the community does to benefit Extra Life.
Starting at 10am EDT Saturday, September 13, the Minecraft group Mindcrack will start a 24 hour marathon for Extra Life in hopes of raising $100,000 to benefit kids affected by life threatening illness and injury. Throughout the broadcast, you’ll be able to see activities the group is notorious for broadcasting and filming for YouTube, such as SethBling‘s Building Game, building on their private SMP server, GMOD (aka Garry’s Mod) shenanigans, and Mario Kart.
Most notably, and for the first time ever, the group (along with several guests such as AntVenom, CaptainSparklez, BaconDonut, and many more) will be competing in a Minecraft Hunger Games style UHC LIVE, allowing viewers who donate to the Mindcrack Extra Life page to both view the match in-game and also sponsor items for their favorite players to affect the outcome.
There are also many prizes from sponsors like LootCrate, DXracer, J!NX, Jazwares and Mojang that will be given out to top donators during the broadcast. Make sure you tune in this weekend to the Mindcrack Network channel to catch all the action!
Here’s the full schedule:
Immunity Project is an “Until There’s A Cure” and “Y Combinator” backed nonprofit initiative focused on developing a HIV vaccine to give away to the world for free! The team of Berkeley, Stanford, and Northwestern scientists has completed animal studies with the help of a grant from Microsoft Research. Following successful completion of these studies, a groundbreaking crowdfunding campaign allowed the team to successfully vaccinate human blood in vitro (in a test tube), and they are now preparing for Phase I/II human clinical trials.
Because Immunity Project is a nonprofit, donations help keep the lab conducting research and prepping for the clinical trials to begin. That’s where the awesome Twitch community comes in! $75,000 helps keep the team in the lab testing and improving the vaccine formulation until human clinical trials can begin, at which point we’ll begin raising funds for the 2,500 vaccine doses needed to successfully complete this world-changing clinical trial.
That’s why, this weekend (August 22-24), the Minecraft community is pulling together to help raise the $75k needed to keep this amazing organization going. We have a great group of casters dedicated to streaming for Immunity Project during the times outlined below:
E3 was just the first of many, many great things on Twitch this summer. The next huge thing is Awesome Games Done Quick’s sister event: Summer Games Done Quick, which starts June 22 at 11 AM PDT (2 PM EDT, 7 PM CEST) on Twitch. For seven straight days, speedrunners will blaze through more than 150 games of choice. Both the old and the new are well represented: I Wanna Be The Boshy, Outlast, Octodad, Portal 2, Mega Man, Mischief Makers, Battletoads & Double Dragon, and Halo are just a few of the games on the list.
Naturally, popular speedrunners representing both Speed Demos Archive and SpeedRunsLive will be in attendance, including Cosmowright, Cirno, Calebhart, SpikeVegeta, and Essentia. These and many more runners will work together for a new SGDQ Personal Best, hopefully beating last summer’s $255,160 donation total. And once that’s done, why not go for the gold and try to match AGDQ’s more than $1 million raised in January?!
Like last year, Doctors Without Borders is the charity of choice. All donations from the SGDQ viewing page, as well as 100% of the money raised by Twitch subscriptions, will go to Doctors Without Borders, so you’ll be able to contribute on both the viewing page and the Twitch channel.
TPP broke the Guinness World Record for most participants on a single-player online videogame with 1,165,140 Twitch community members playing via chat from February 12 – March 1, 2014. This record is so REDiculous we decided to immortalize it through the power of t-shirt.
STARTing Thursday, June 19, take your hands off that D-pad and get on DOWN to store.twitch.tv and SELECT this one-of-A-kind, limited edition swag. Don’t B LEFT behind, it’s the RIGHT thing to do.
Shut UP and Take My $$
How Much: $19.99 USD
How Long: June 19 at 10:00am PDT to June 30 at 12:00a PDT
St. Jude PLAY LIVE, the video game marathon fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, rolls into Week 2! There are still plenty of rewards to be won and now is the perfect time to jump in solo or with a team, start fundraising, and dominate the leaderboards.
By participating in St. Jude PLAY LIVE, you can earn community service hours for scholarships, grants, and graduation requirements. That’s right, you can help St. Jude kids and earn community service hours. Just by playing games!
Under the bright lights of E3, Twitch and Humble Bundle have activated our Wonder Twin powers to come up with an amazing bundle of digital goodies to support the ESA Foundation (ESAF). Together we’re proud to support the ESAF’s mission to improve the lives of children through video games.
We’re honored to work with Humble Bundle and deliver this E3 Digital Ticket in true Humble Bundle style, letting you pay what you want and support charity.
Twitch is proud to announce our participation in military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop’s third-annual “8-Bit Salute,” a 24-hour gaming marathon to be held May 17-18, 2014. Donations raised during this charity event will fund video game filled care packages, offering much needed diversion and stress relief to combat-zone deployed troops and those recovering in military hospitals.
Any streamer that registers and raises over $200 in donations for the troops on their stream will be eligible for a Twitch t-shirt, while one lucky registered streamer will win their very own exclusive purple Twitch hoodie!
To register your stream to take part in this year’s 8-Bit Salute, go here.
On May 3 at 12 pm PT, Twitch will launch “Mining for Charity“, a large cross-collaboration project focused on growing community viewership while supporting charity. In partnership with Mineplex and utilizing 10 customized Minecraft mini-games, 4 teams comprised of 48 different casters will compete during a 4 week competition to obtain points. At the end of the competition, the team with the most points will be crowned the winning team and receive a $5,000 cash prize for the charity of their choice. Rounds will take place on Saturdays, May 3, May 10, May 17 and May 24, at 12 pm PT and last approximately 2-3 hours.
We’re proud to announce our support of High School Starleague (HSL), North America’s premier esports organization for high schools. With the financial support from Twitch, Newegg, and other companies, HSL has announced today that the top talent in this season’s HSL League system will be competing for over $20,000 in college scholarships! Twitch and NewEgg are each contributing $10,000 toward the scholarship. (I guess you could say the ‘e’ in ‘esports’ means ‘education’.)
Every time the communities behind Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live get together for their twice-annual Games Done Quick charity marathons, we always expect it to be bigger and better than the last. However, Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 blew all of our expectations out of the water by raising more than $1,000,000 USD for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in only a week’s time. How did they manage this incredible feat? By performing some of the best speedruns ever captured on Twitch.
We polled the office and collected some of our favorite runs that have occurred over the past week. For more information and to donate to their cause (There’s still time!), check out GamesDoneQuick.com. Don’t see your favorite clip below? Drop it in the comments!