Twitch plans to place its group’s charity muscle mass to good use on Saturday, by internet hosting a profit referred to as Stream Aid 2020 that can function a bunch of celeb company, loads of music, and just a little little bit of gaming. (Think UNO and Fortnite.) The occasion will go reside on Twitch’s channel at 12PM ET and watch for 12 full hours, and the aim is to lift as a lot cash as doable for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. Everyone from Diplo to Charlie Puth to Die Antwoord will probably be there.
On the gaming facet of issues, streamer Nick “Nick Eh 30” Amyoony will probably be headlining the Fortnite match together with his duos companion Joe Jonas. (He’s a fan.) Amyoony is a Twitch darling — follower rely: 869.5k at current — and knowledgeable Fortnite streamer, so it’s no shock the corporate selected him to signify the model at a match, although he says he’s not 100 % certain what the format will probably be but.
Even so, Amyoony says he’s collaborating as a result of he desires to do his half. “Literally every single person who’s in my livestream has someone who’s affected, whether it be a parent out of a job, a friend who might be sick,” he says. “A lot of people are a little nervous. They don’t know how long they’re going to be out from work, out from school, and they realize how serious it is.”
Amyoony sees his position as serving to folks get their minds off of the worldwide pandemic, in the identical approach a pal would possibly assist maintain you from spiraling over a breakup. He additionally says he’s seen his Twitch group develop — “a lot more people are watching, and you can definitely tell from the numbers,” he says — throughout this bizarre time, when everybody’s trapped inside. (Though his routine hasn’t modified a lot: he nonetheless streams eight hours a day, however has stopped going to the fitness center for his exercises.)
The roster of individuals set to look on Stream Aid 2020 exhibits its ambition, which can also be in its title: a callback to Live Aid, that seminal ‘80s event that got the 1.9 billion people watching concerts around the world to care about famine in Ethiopia. (That said, in the end, its impact was possibly not as large as advertised.)
Twitch is known for its streamers’ large charity drives — final 12 months, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo raised more than $2 million in a single stream for St. Jude’s in 24 hours — and Stream Aid 2020 seems prefer it’s set to do one thing equally massive. That’s what Amyoony’s enthusiastic about, too. “One of the things I’m excited for is just seeing how much the community will raise in the name of COVID-19,” he says. “Because that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day — using community for good. And I’m looking forward to that.”