Now-popular British YouTuber Hbomberguy makes a monumental record of raising close to $350,000 for transgender youth by playing Donkey Kong 64 on Twitch.
The marathon of Rare's Nintendo 64 game release, which lasted for nearly 60 hours, was streamed on Twitch this past weekend.
A Successful Charity Stream
Hbomberguy, whose real name is Harry Brewis, thought of the idea with two end goals in mind. First, he wants to ultimately achieve 101 percent completion, which has been an elusive feat for him since he was a kid, until now. He also aimed to raise funds for Mermaids UK, a transgender youth rights group.
The charity stream was proved to be epic this past weekend thanks to some help from activist CaseyExplosion and the LGBTQ community. Developers, fellow streamers, and a couple of celebrities also took part in the event, which was an astounding success.
The Donkey Kong 64 marathon drew encouragement and support for the cause from well-known personalities in the industry such as Donkey Kong voice actor Grant Kirkhope and gaming critic Jim Sterling. Other famous people include congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Doom creator John Romero, actress Mara Wilson, and transgender activist Chelsea Manning.
Hbomberguy, who streamed his bid on Twitch, first set a $3,000 goal. However, in a span of 40 hours, he already managed to rake in more than $200,000. After a 57-hour run, Brewis was able to raise some more money from late donations, bringing the total amount to almost $350,000 for Mermaids UK.
About Mermaids UK
Mermaids UK was established in 1995 to basically support the transgender youth and act against anti-trans campaign by some public figure in the United Kingdom. The charity organization works to "reduce isolation and loneliness for gender variant and transgender children, young people and their families."
"As a person living in Britain, I find the media discussion about this issue in this country, especially in its tabloids, to be woefully misinformed," Brewis said on why he chose Mermaids UK as charity. "I'd like to do my bit to help support the people who do the hard work of contributing to people's thinking on an important issue."
Hbomberguy is receiving congratulatory messages and praises on social media for starting such a noble drive. Only a few streamers frequently use this platform for charitable campaigns.
On his official account, Hbomberguy tweeted at needing to catch up on some zzz after staying up for nearly a 60-hour game session.
me brain be boo — H.Bomberguy (@Hbomberguy) January 21, 2019