By EMILY CARRILLO and EMILY DE MELLO
When most people think of gamers, they tend to think gaming is the only thing they do or care about. In reality, it is so much more than that. Apart from the views, likes, and money they earn, many YouTubers use their profits for noble causes: causes that are generally overlooked.
In the YouTube community, there have been many YouTubers that have donated to different charities. For instance, they have made many wishes come true through the “Make A Wish” Foundation. Some of these YouTubers include Markiplier, JackSepticEye, PewDiePie, and many more. The 2016 VidCon Conference Guide states, “Top gamers have enlisted and utilized their energetic communities for the good of the world.” Through the help of their subscribers, YouTubers help spread awareness and draw in more donations for things that really matter.
Even from the very beginning of Markiplier’s YouTube career, he was able to raise approximately $1,100 for cancer research. From then on, he was able to raise thousands more to different charities, including the DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance), the Best Fiends Charity, and the No Cursing Challenge, where he donated $100 for every time he cursed to a charity of the viewers’ choice.
YouTuber JackSepticEye has recently began to do his own charity live streams, starting with the “revel4Good” livestream in hopes of raising money and awareness for the 24/7 crisis support line, Crisis Text Line. In addition to this, Jack has also collaborated to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has raised awareness for other charity events, which have raised hundreds and thousands of dollars. Albeit, he is new to raising money for charities, but he has collaborated with other YouTubers in order to raise money for different causes.
PewDiePie, the most subscribed person on YouTube, has done more than just create his own video game. When he hit 10 million subscribers, he started a charity called “Water Campaign.” The charity was established so that clean water could be brought to the Raro community, Rwanda, and more. He even exceeded his goal of $250,000, earning over $400,000 in donations. When he hit 25 million subscribers in 2014, he started a campaign for children called “#BrosSavetheChildren.” This campaign was founded to provide children in need with anything they need, like school supplies, or even food and shelter. They were able to raise over $300,000, once again exceeding their goal of $250,000.
Perhaps not every gamer has started charities or has raised thousands of dollars for kids in need, but it does not mean they don’t support any charities or they don’t care. These aforementioned YouTubers only get credit for “being funny” or for “making good content.” They do not normally get credited for the things that have a lasting impact. At the end of the day, YouTube is not just a gateway to fame and money, but is a way to form a community and send some good back into the world.