On October 25th GamerGate supporters participated in the Extra-Life Charity stream, an event designed to raise funds to help sick and injured children on an international scale. With a team of over sixty streamers, team GamerGate set out to raise $6,000 in a 24-hour period. They met and exceeded that goal, raising as of now a total of $6,662.
Extra-life is not the first charitable organization that GamerGate has supported. According to Gamergate.me, GamerGate supporters have given over $100,000 dollars to various charitable organizations to prevent suicide, bullying, end world hunger, and provide vaccinations of children living in Third World countries. Their largest charity drive to date was for the The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) to help promote women’s game developments. This drive saw the participation of 4chan’s /pol/ and /v/ members creating a straw poll and contributing, ultimately raising a combined $10,000 and donating this to the Colon Cancer Alliance. The charity drive culminated in the creation of the iconic avatar Vivian James.
Regardless of how one feels about the controversy surrounding the GamerGate discussion, the extent of charitable work and advocacy for support groups should be considered a significant side effect of its conception and perpetuation. In spite of this, some notable media outlets are attributing supporters in the GamerGate discussion as part of a hate group.
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Editor’s Note: the total amount of donations has been changed to reflect the actual amount at the time of update (11/25/14). The article has also been revised for grammar and perspective.