Users of the popular game streaming platform Twitch helped raise $90,000 for the Red Cross' relief efforts to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, according to an announcement made by the company – as reported by GII.
"The Twitch community is extremely giving, especially when you look at the millions of dollars raised for charity this year using our platform," said CEO Emmett Shear. "So when we decided to dedicate a pop-up store for Typhoon Haiyan relief aid, we knew our community would support it, but we were still blown away by just how much support we received. Gamers definitely represent the next frontier of philanthropy."
Twitch began its fundraising campaign on Nov. 19 when it opened the Twitch shop and put limited edition men and women's Twitch logo shirts that represented each color of the Philippines flag on sale. The t-shirts were provided through a partnership with Teespring. The store closed on December 2.
Twitch users also helped make a huge contribution to Extra Life's recent charity drive to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, with users raising an estimated $1.22 million.
Good work to all those involved in both efforts. We know that gamers always do more good than harm (despite what some would have you believe), and are a very giving and kind group of people that help out when given the opportunity to do so.