For the second year in a row, Destiny fans have donated some serious cash to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At the end of a non-stop, week-long streaming marathon, the GuardianCon stream brought in $1.2 million, which will be donated to St. Jude to go towards helping the fight against childhood cancer.
GuardianCon is the fan-organized Destiny community convention that had its inaugural event last year in Tampa, Florida. Back then it was called Destiny Community Con, but its organizers quickly changed it to avoid any legal issues that could arise from the use of the name Destiny.
GuardianCon is organized by popular Twitch streamers, Kevin “KMagic101” Murray, King Gothalion, and Professor Broman. Last year, during the week-long stream that involved streamers from all over the Destiny directory taking part, fans and supporters raised more than $500,000. This year, they set the goal at double that and ended up even exceeding that with the final total of $1,221,769. That makes the GuardianCon marathon stream the biggest fundraising event in the history for St. Jude PLAY LIVE, the video game charity platform supporting St. Jude.
— St. Jude PLAY LIVE (@StJudePLAYLIVE) June 28, 2017
The even also drew the attention of Bungie, who congratulated the efforts of everyone involved when the $1 million mark was crossed on Wednesday, a day before the marathon stream ended.
— Bungie (@Bungie) June 29, 2017
To see the final moments of the stream, which was closed out by Professor Broman, where he announced the final total and thanked the Destiny community for their efforts, check out this clip from Twitch:
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— Twitch (@Twitch) June 29, 2017
It’s an impressive feat for fans and gamers to band together to raise such a large sum of money for charity. The marathon stream leads into the weekend of GuardianCon’s community convention, which is the event proper where fans will gather to meet and greet with content creators, see panels that range from topics like Destiny lore to being a YouTuber or streamer.
More details about next year’s event and stream are scheduled to be revealed at the event as well. Perhaps next year’s GuardianCon will an even higher goal.
Destiny is available now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.