AOC Plays Among Us

US members of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar joined streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys and Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo to play Among Us live for an audience of over 430,000. In Among Us, players have to group together to do tasks on a spaceship, while trying to reveal the imposters tasked to kill the crew before all of their jobs are finished. When AOC was immediately tossed into the game as an imposter, it was obvious that hilarity would follow.

However, the stream was also a fantastic way to reach out to young voters as Election Day approached. AOC has already become an established figure on social media, but playing video games with a large group of influencers and content creators was a genius way to approach potential voters.

Streamers Change Donation Rules

Donations and streaming have become a familiar method of financial support for content creators. Viewers can have individual messages read on-stream while offering direct support outside of subscribing or buying Bits. While the majority of streamers rely on donations to help pay the bills, other large broadcasters have switched things up.

Pokimane set a maximum donation barrier of $5 in an attempt to encourage viewers to donate to smaller streamers. She stated on Twitter, “Thank you for supporting me to the point where I consider anything more than [$5] unnecessary. To anyone that was more generous- please support growing channels, charities, and treat yourselves.”

Swedish YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg completely cut out donations, stating: “Yeah, I decided I don’t wanna accept more donations. I appreciate just the chatting.”

Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo took things to a different level when he revealed that all donations to his stream would be sent to a charity, specifically St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as of right now. By using Tiltify, people who donate can still include a message or link and trigger on-screen alerts. This way, the donor’s streaming experience won’t change. It simply sends the donation directly to St. Jude.

Rooster Teeth Raises Over $1 Million for Extra Life Charity

The Rooster Teeth community has been one of Extra Life’s largest supporters, and 2020 didn’t disappoint. Even during the pandemic, the team hosted a 12-hour show that raised over $1 million for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. According to the Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s hospitals “desperately need due to the pandemic putting 60% of them in danger of being unable to meet their financial obligations.”

In the past, Rooster Teeth worked to help expand the hospital’s specialized mental health options. This year, they worked with Dell Children’s on the hospital’s HERE campaign which combines services Oncology/Hematology, Neurosciences, and Cardiovascular and Heart Surgery.

Games Done Quick All-Women Speedrunning Raises Over $80,000

Fleet Fatales, an online speedrunning event organized by Games Done Quick’s all-women speedrunning community Frame Fatales, held a charity event to support the Malala Fund, “a non-profit co-founded by Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai that champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.”

Since 2010, Games Done Quick has raised more than $28 million for different charities, including Doctors Without Borders, Prevent Cancer Foundation, AbleGamers, Direct Relief, and Organization for Autism Research.

Fleet Fatales 2020 ended with over $80,000 raised for the Malala Fund and announced next year’s event: Flame Fatales 2021.