French charity gaming stream, Z Event, set a new record for the biggest amount of money raised for charity by streaming games with over €3.5 million (~US$3.9 million) raised for the Pasteur Institute, a non-profit organization that works on research and vaccines for various diseases.
The event ran from September 20-23, with an initial goal of €3 million. With 55 streamers participating in the charity stream, the event reached its goal on the third day.
Superstar streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins helped push the event past its goal with a hefty €26,000 (~US$29,000) donation, much to the delight of the participants.
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The event also caught the attention of French President, Emmanuel Macron, who congratulated the streamers for their accomplishment on Twitter.
“55 French gamers have just raised more than 3 million euros over a weekend for the benefit of the Pasteur Institute. You are inspiring and you show us that anything is possible to support a cause for which we believe. Well done!” said Macron.
The charity stream would later go offline after reaching over €3.5 million, beating the previous record of US$3.7 million set by charity stream GuardianCon for St Jude’s Research Hospital back in June.