While GuardianCon is an annual two-day community event that actually begins this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida on Friday and Saturday, its organizers have already been hosting a series of “Charity Blitz” streams featuring Destiny and Fortnite all week ahead of the convention. As it so happens, these streams have helped the event raise a huge sum of money for charity, as GuardianCon 2018 recently shared that it officially hit its funding goal by raising upwards of $2.7 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Destiny and Fortnite fans alike gave donations during the “Charity Blitz” streams, but it was the Fortnite pro Ninja whose stream not only pushed GuardianCon 2018’s total donations past its $2.7 million goal, but also generated one of the biggest single donations in the entire event, with $100,000 being donated anonymously. Additionally, Ninja’s frequent Duos partner and Twitch personality Dr. Lupo raised over $350,000 in only four hours, which is the highest total of any single session.
$2.7M!!!! Congrats GuardianCon Community! WE DID IT! No, YOU GUYS DID IT! Thank you to everyone who donated! Let's keep going!
— GuardianCon 2018 (@GuardianCon) July 12, 2018
For those unaware, GuardianCon originally started as a convention that was founded and spearheaded by people within the Destiny fan community, and now it has grown in the past few years to become a much bigger event that brings in larger donations each year for St. Jude. For instance, 2016’s GuardianCon marathon stream raised upwards of $500,000, 2017’s more than doubled that with over $1 million, and 2018’s Charity Blitz nearly tripled last year’s.
Taking all of this into consideration, it’s great to see GuardianCon expand and continue to raise more money for charity each year, and its growth has surely been facilitated by hosting all manner of games in addition to Destiny. With the inclusion of Fortnite, Warframe, and more, GuardianCon can now generate extra awareness about the event thanks to there being a much larger pool of content creators and developers joining the event to help raise money for St. Jude.
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Fortnite is available now for iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: GuardianCon – Twitter