I’ve done many charity events in the past during my livestreaming career, but not many can quite compare to the fun I had during the Everyone Can Game Together marathon I took part in this year. Though I wasn’t able to stream during the 24 hours of the actual marathon, I still thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is definitely something I’d love to do again.
What was Game Together 2019?
Game Together 2019 was a charity gaming marathon hosted by Everyone Can. Everyone Can is a charity based in Manchester which specialises in technology that can improve and enrich the lives of disabled people. One of the areas they specialise in is researching technologies which can help disabled people get into gaming, by using specialist equipment and adapting games to allow disabled children to play games independently.
Game Together lasted for 24 hours, from 10am on the 17th of August to 10am on the 18th of August, and during that time people could visit the centre in Manchester. The entire 24 hours was also streamed on the Everyone Can Twitch Channel.
There was also the ability for streamers to get involved too by livestreaming at some point during the 24 hours. Unfortunately, I was busy during the original 24 hour marathon as I had other commitments to attend to, however I did manage to stream on the 19th of August instead. Despite this I still had a very successful stream.
What did I do during Game Together 2019?
For Game Together 2019, I streamed a charity event on my own Twitch Channel on the 19th of August at 7pm. During the stream I decided to stream Train Sim World as the new Peninsula Corridor DLC had released a few days prior and I wanted to do a first look near to the release.
This was the perfect opportunity as it allowed me to also take a break from Ratchet & Clank Size Matters for a bit, which I’m currently practising speedruns of for UKSM in October.
My fundraiser actually did quite well during the stream, raising £25 for Game Together during the stream, and an extra £10 was donated after the stream, making my fundraising total £35 which was absolutely amazing. My fundraising link will still be available on my Twitch Channel throughout August, or you can donate by clicking Donate.
Overall, during Game Together 2019, Everyone Can raised a total of £3000. This was achieved by streamers and visitors alike, as well as the charity raffle which took place at the centre in Manchester. Overall, the marathon was a huge success for everyone involved.
We now have the total of Game Together, drum roll please 🥁…. WE RAISED £3,000! 🎉 From donations at the centre, our raffle, our stream & other wonderful streamers we made just over £3,000! We can’t thank you all enough to everyone who supported us you’re all super heroes! pic.twitter.com/pLsIk9YEP8— Everyone Can (@EveryoneCanUK) August 19, 2019
What’s next for InstaSim and Everyone Can?
I had an incredible time streaming and fundraising for Everyone Can during the Game Together 2019 marathon and it’s certainly something I would love to do again.
Luckily, this is something we can do very soon as a huge announcement has been made for 2020. InstaSpeedathon is coming back for another year of speedrunning, and this year we’ll be supporting Everyone Can. This is an amazing opportunity again to showcase speedruns and to support an amazing, local charity. Submissions for InstaSpeedathon 2020 will open on September 2nd, but other details are yet to be announced as we are currently awaiting details for February Half Term. As soon as we have more information on this, I will be able to announce when InstaSpeedathon 2020 is taking place.
INSTASPEEDATHON 2020 🎉— InstaSim🏴 (@InstaSim6) August 22, 2019
We are very happy to announce InstaSpeedathon is returning for yet another year. We have a lot of details still to come, but we can confirm that we will be supporting @EveryoneCanUK this year 😃 Submissions open September 2ndhttps://t.co/OALMom5FfC
As for Game Together, Everyone Can are planning to host Game Together 2020 and I really do hope to take part in the marathon again next year. I can’t say anything for certain at the moment as details of the marathon have not yet been announced, but as soon as I receive more information I will be able to confirm what I’ll be doing.