The stream lasted 10 hours and shot past the $500 target goal.
Tanya DePass, the director of I Need Diverse Games ran a live stream that lasted for a little over 10 hours while raising money for The Bail Project which is detailed to be “a nonprofit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system—one person at a time.” The stream featured Animal Crossing: New Horizons and raised over $150,000 while viewers showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement that’s currently being amplified across the world.
Originally, the Twitch stream kicked off on Tiltify with a donation goal of $500. As the day progressed the donation total blew way past the target and continued to see support from many viewers. According to one tweet from Tanya, the Justice, Peace, Freedom teams had collectively raised $168,677 at the end, and it currently sits at $184,374.59 at the time of writing.
Y’all. I am FLUMMOXED. ABSOLUTELY FLUMMOXED. I had a goal of $500 this morning, thinking folks would be worn out after a hard month of fundraising. Y’all proved me so wrong today and I am humbled, grateful, thankful for everyone. $142,781 raised in 10.5 hours #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/RWMi1lLNGf
— Selise, the Deathbane (@cypheroftyr) June 3, 2020
At one point, the stream made it onto Twitch’s frontpage and Tanya thanked numerous Critical Role members for joining the stream and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Tanya has been doing a fair number of [now archived] charity streams over the last few months. There’s currently a “Selise’s shields” campaign finding $5,244.69 raised so far for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The “Selise’s swords” campaign is the above charity stream for The Bail Project.
The Bail Project explains that “paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty, and an act of solidarity with local communities and movements for decarceration.” Over the next few years, the goal for the project is to “open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions with the goal of paying bail for tens of thousands of low-income Americans, all while collecting stories and data that prove money bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court.”
I Need Diverse Games is “dedicated to helping those that want to bring more diversity to the art of gaming.” and the ways that it does that is by “sponsoring attendance at diverse gaming conventions, promoting those that are making diverse games, indie projects and presenting on the topics of diversity in gaming at conventions.”
The events in America have seen companies and individuals across the gaming industry postpone events, donate funds. and make promises to stand against racial injustice. Yesterday many gaming outlets also stopped publishing articles to support Black Lives Matter and instead amplified diverse voices of Black people and POC.