Twitch plans to put the community’s charity muscles to good use on Saturday by hosting an advantage Stream Aid 2020 with a large number of famous guests, lots of music and a bit of gaming. (Think UNO and Fortnite.) The event continues live Twitch’s channel at noon ET and stay up 12 full hours, and the goal is to raise as much money as possible for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. Everyone from Diplo to Charlie Puth to Die Antwoord will be there.
On the gaming side of things, streamer Nick “Nick Eh30Amyoony will be headlining the Fortnite tournament with his duo partner Joe Jonas. (He is a fan.) Amyoony is a Twitch darling – number of followers currently: 869.5k – and a pro Fortnite streamer, so it’s no surprise that the company chose him to represent the brand at a tournament, even though he says he’s not 100 percent sure what the format will be.
Still, Amyoony says he is participating because he wants to do his bit. “Literally every person on my live stream has someone affected, whether it’s a parent out of work, a friend who may be sick,” he says. “Many people are a little nervous. They don’t know how long they will be away from work and school, and they realize how serious it is. ”
Amyoony sees his role as helping people get away from the global pandemic just as a friend can help you avoid a breakup. He also says that he has seen his Twitch community grow – “there are a lot more people watching, and you can tell by the numbers,” he says – in this weird time where everyone is stuck. (Though his routine hasn’t changed much: He still streams eight hours a day, but no longer goes to the gym for his workouts.)
The number of people who will appear on Stream Aid 2020 shows his ambition, which is also in his name: a callback to Live Aid, that groundbreaking 1980s event that got the 1.9 billion people to watch concerts around the world to worry about famine in Ethiopia. (That said, the impact may not have been as great as advertised in the end.)
Twitch is known for his streamers’ huge charity rides – last year Ben “DrLupo” Lupo more than $ 2 million in one stream for St. Jude’s within 24 hours – and Stream Aid 2020 looks like it’s going to do something big. That’s what Amyoony is also excited about. “One of the things I’m excited about is just seeing how much the community will increase in the name of COVID-19,” he says. “Because that’s what it’s all about – using the community for good. And I’m looking forward to that.”