Over the weekend, we hosted our first-ever Extra Life stream for USgamer. For 24 hours—25 when you account for Daylight Savings—we played a lot of games, gave away keys, and raised over $1100 for charity in the process.
We are immensely grateful to everyone who tuned in and donated to our marathon, which will benefit UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. During the stream, there were some issues with accessing the site due to a reported DDoS attack on Extra Life's servers. We streamed on anyways, because as you saw in the eternal match of Warcraft 3: Reforged that USG's Kat Bailey and I played during the stream, we do not succumb so easily to such petty nuisances.
If you were unable to access the donor page, you can still add to our fundraising pool through this page.
I also wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank the wonderful guests and donors who contributed keys. Kenneth Shepard, Rebekah Valentine, and several USG staffers made trucking through the long hours bearable, and Private Division, Capcom, and Night School Studios were all quite generous in donating keys for their games to the cause.
Most importantly, a thank you to the viewers who hung around, voted on games, and kept our chat a raucous good time. Between thoughtful discussion of games and lots of jokes, it made the marathon very memorable. The odyssey of the meathead wrestler Mack Cannon in the messy, hilarious WWE 2K20 will continue on, I assure you.
We beat the modest goal we set for ourselves with our first-ever stream, and the response has so far been resounding enough that another year already seems likely. As viewers noted, the USG stream being active again was a pleasant surprise, and something I'd like to examine further. If you're interested in that sort of content, please sound off in the comments!
Thank you, USG readers!