Twitch plans to take advantage of his community's charity muscles on Saturday by hosting a benefit called Stream Aid 2020 that features a variety of celebrity guests, lots of music, and a bit of play. (Think about the UN and Fortnite. ) The event will go live on Twitch’s channel at 12 noon CET and will stay awake for 12 full hours. 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 game site, streamer Nick "Nick Eh 30" Amyoony and his duo partner Joe Jonas will lead the Fortnite tournament. ( He is a fan .) Amyoony is a Twitch favorite – currently 869.5,000 followers – and a professional Fortnite streamer. It is no surprise, then, that the company chose him to represent the brand at a tournament, even though he says he was not 100 percent sure what the format would be like.
Nevertheless, Amyoony says he is participating because he wants to do his part. "Literally every single person in my livestream has someone affected, be it an unemployed parent or a sick friend," he says. "A lot of people are a little nervous. They don't know how long they will be away from work or school and they realize how serious it is. "
Amyoony sees his role in helping people distract themselves from the global pandemic, just as a friend could stop you from defying a breakup. He also says that he saw his Twitch- Community has grown – "a lot more people are watching and you can definitely tell by the numbers," he says – in this strange time when everyone is trapped inside (although not much has changed in his routine: he is still streaming eight hours a day, but no longer goes to the gym to exercise.)
The list of people who should appear on Stream Aid 2020 shows his ambition in his name too: a recall to Live Aid, this landmark event of the 1980s, in which 1.9 billion people saw concerts around the world to address the famine in Ethiopia (that is, in the end its impact may not have been as great as advertised). [1 9659007] Twitch is known for the great charities of its streamers – last year Ben "DrLupo" Lupo raised more than $ 2 million in a single stream for St. Jude's in 24 hours – and Stream Aid 2020 seems something to do similarly great things. Amyoony is looking forward to that too. "One of the things I'm looking forward to is seeing how much the community will collect on behalf of COVID-19," he says. "Because ultimately it's about using the community forever." And I'm looking forward to that. "