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ESports raises charity money for Children’s Miracle Hospital

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Fourth-year graphic design student Daniel Nickerson participates in the 24-hour gaming event.

Fourth-year graphic design student Daniel Nickerson participates in the 24-hour gaming event.

Photo by Raquel Hamner

Photo by Raquel Hamner

Fourth-year graphic design student Daniel Nickerson participates in the 24-hour gaming event.

Raquel Hamner, Photographer

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AACC’s ESports Club raised around $1,500 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at a 24-hour event that started Nov. 11.

The fundraiser was the club’s most successful one to date, more than doubling the amount raised at the same event last spring.

More than 60 people attended the event and 226 watched the stream online.

Including the spring event, the club has raised more than $2,300 for the organization this year, not quite reaching its year-long goal of $2,500.

The benefit was part of a worldwide fundraiser through Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network

Hospitals charity program that is partnered with the Twitch game streaming service. On Twitch, gamers can stream video games or videos of themselves gaming or engaging in other hobbies.

Club founder Conway Johnson, an AACC alumnus who majored in cybersecurity, and club secretary Dan Nickerson coordinated the event.

“There’s a strong level of camaraderie in that, and that’s the best part,” Nickerson, a fourth-year web design major, said.

The event took up three rooms. In the main room, up to four people played multiplayer games live under the club’s Twitch account.

In other rooms, the club invited students to start their own games. They streamed games on their own accounts, while promoting the main account and encouraging viewers to donate through the Twitch system.

The ESports Club plans to continue holding fundraisers each spring and fall.

The club is accepting donations through Jan. 1 on its fundraiser page at extra-life.org/team/aacc.

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