On the weekend of the 24th and 25th October 2020 I took part in my first charity stream as part of a team. This was my first ever delve into a charity fundraising through streaming or gaming more generally. So what did I learn and what are my thoughts of charity streaming?
Who, what, where, when, why?
I took part in a 24 hour (sort of) charity stream with 9 other streamers from the StremFrens community on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support as part of their Game Heroes fundraising event. The schedule took viewers from RegulusEXE at 9am on the 24th to Totundra, Ruggstickles, funwithfondue, EnotheStrife, myself, BlindsideUK, Aruxx, otherliam before ending with Momo_Sidelock at 9am on the 25th. Throughout those streams we had a variety of games, challenges, the clocks changing (so yes 24 hours turned into 25 hours) and lots of fundraising for Macmillan.
Macmillan Cancer Support are a UK charity who provide support to people living with Cancer and their families. This support can be with advice, including around finances, and emotional support. They have a variety of services including Macmillan nurses, allied health professionals, as well as support lines and services.
By the end of the event we had raised a combined total of £2650 and were number 2 on the Macmillan Game Heroes fundraisers top 10 list which was amazing. Thank you to anyone reading this who came along or donated or shared anything or any combination of the above as you were a part of that.
So, will there be a next time?
A charity stream is something I have wanted to do for a long time. This is definitely something I would do again. However there are definitely lessons to be taken on board from here.
Specifically, do not have a 10pm to midnight stream after having a long week at work and having a shift that starts early and finishes at 3pm and then having to set up things before the stream. Also, very importantly, I would recommend to not have to fix your microphone just hours before the stream started. This adds an extra layer of stress, though that would be due to the time between streams and settings changing. A little more time or organisation (or a day off) could have assisted with these things. Also streaming any time in the week leading up to my stream as part of the charity event could have been a helpful test. Always test that things work, preferably in advance!
I definitely need a team to do this again. I’m a one woman show when I stream. It is just me available, I do everything which is why the quality isn’t always how I would want it and I forget to do things all the time or it takes longer to do things like mod bots. I physically could not do a charity stream alone. This relay method where we each had a slot and passed on to the next person via raids worked really well. It was fantastic seeing how other people did it or what ideas people had come up with. Therefore, that would be a consideration, or alternatively a team effort somehow.
I would love to be more creative. I basically turned up, played Donut County and chatted. This was great but next time I would like to do more. Whether that be with a challenge, an effect, being on a game where you can change settings and getting chat to influence that either as channel point rewards or donation incentives. I feel like next time I would want to add an element, whatever that may be would be for deciding with an event in mind.
Have you ever done a charity stream? Would you consider doing one? Let me know in the comments.