Some people sit around and play video games all day (like me). And then there's people who sit around and play video games all day while they raise money for charity... and that’s just what Rabia Yazbek, AKA Nightblue3, did on Friday, September 18.https://twitter.com/Nightbloo/status/644834133684944900
Nightblue3, who is a former League of Legends pro player, reached 1 million followers on Twitch and as a celebration, hosted a 24 hour charity stream. During the stream, he intended to go from Unranked to Diamond. This may sound simple but it is no easy task; it’s a way of categorizing players by their skill level, from highest to lowest the scale is: Challenger, Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and finally Bronze. While he could only make it to Platinum (listen to me, a bronzie saying he ONLY made it to Plat), his stream was still highly educational, should you have a hankering to learn how to play League of Legends.
Nightblue3 collected all of the donations he received, his subscriber money (a paid way to follow his Twitch.tv channel with no ads), and he donated $2000 himself. After his stream, he raised nearly $30,000.https://twitter.com/Nightbloo/status/645198609772843008
The way this worked was that while Nightblue3 streamed and played League of Legends, tens of thousands of people watched (I saw nearly 40,000 people watching at one point, and I think later it got as high as 60,000 people watching) and either donated money or subscribed to him. Of course, in order to watch you didn’t have to pay, but many, many people donated money to help out. Another streamer and YouTuber, Anklespankin, donated $1200.
Nightblue3’s final donation of nearly $30,000 was matched, in a 1:5 ratio, by USAid, for a total of nearly $180,000. The money is going towards Save the Children, an organization devoted to helping children in need and assuring they receive care, education, and safety.
Nightblue3 isn’t the first streamer to raise money for charity. In May, one streamer by the name of Trick2G raised over $14,000 for Nepal relief, and that’s just the start of it. One organization called 8 Bit Salute benefits Operation Supply Drop, and they’ve raised almost $400,000 for their deadline of October 1, while another organization, Extra Life, benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network, has raised over 14 million since 2008.
Watch Nightblue3’s 24 hour stream here:Watch live video from Nightblue3 on Twitch