Direct Relief Gaming
Since 2011, gamers have raised over $14.1 million in support of Direct Relief’s mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Support has come from all corners of the gaming world, including the console, social, mobile and PC communities. It has come from game companies as well as directly from the gamers themselves. Direct Relief has been tremendously humbled and inspired by this outpouring of support from gamers.
Direct Relief Colosseum is a live-streamed event series founded in 2017 to unite gaming communities for good.
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The Runaway Guys Colosseum
Established in 2018, a community of gaming creators known as The Runaway Guys began a weekend long event to aid people through Direct Relief. Combining video games, music, art, and comedy, the dedicated fans of the troupe have joined together to raise over $1.3 million since their first event.
Jerod, known online as The8BitDrummer, is a highly skilled musician who entertains his Twitch fandom with his addictive kindness, optimism, and humor. By playing the requests of donors to his Direct Relief fundraiser, he’s raised over $60,000 to support Direct Relief’s emergency response programs since 2016.
The team at Zeldathon unites in one location several times a year to play their favorite video game series, The Legend of Zelda. Viewers watching the event have donated over $2.8 million for charities worldwide, including Direct Relief. By engaging directly with the audience, the Zeldathon crew have spent over a decade building a community of young philanthropists.
In 2021, content creators began to band together to share their passions while fundraising for Direct Relief. In multi-day events, community members have come together on Twitch to live-stream music and share recipes and food tips, all to support Direct Relief. These events – Direct Relief Sessions – will continue into the future, so check back here to learn more!
Bungie has partnered with Direct Relief since 2015, beginning after the devastating earthquake in Nepal when the Bungie community rallied together to raise more than $1 million for the response efforts. Since then, this strong community of gamers, through The Bungie Foundation, has supported a number of Direct Relief emergency response activities including a 2021 Guardian’s Heart emblem purchase that raised nearly $700,000 for the organization’s COVID-19 response. “When disaster strikes and aid is needed, Guardians are powerful allies to have on your side,” wrote Bungie in an update to their community. “You’re our pride and joy, Destiny Community. We’re in awe of you every day, and we thank you.”
Since June 2014, Humble Bundle has launched multiple promotions which have generated more than $2.5 million in support of Direct Relief’s work to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations here in the U.S. and around the world. Humble Bundle works with a variety of charities and, since 2010, has donated more than $200 million to its charity partners. The amount is astounding. Humble Bundle is the leader in the “pay-what-you-want” funding model with a charitable component, and its charitable activities are unparalleled.