Gaming marathon

People taking part in a charity gaming marathon

Are you a big gaming fan? Do you enjoy spending your free time completing games and reaching those high scores? Then a gaming livestream may be right up your street. A chance to play some of your favourite games or challenge yourself to a new game whilst raising some money for MS-UK what’s not to like?

Here’s how you host your own gaming and fundraising livestreams

  • Choose your console – PlayStation, XBOX, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Choose a platform you’re going to stream on – think where you’re likely to get a better response, for example, Twitch or YouTube
  • Think about the scheduling of your livestream. What day of the week do you want it to be on? When will you start and finish? Are you bringing guests into the live stream? What games are you going to play and in what order?
  • Set up a fundraising page for donations. JustGiving is purpose-built for this and you can easily share your link with others. Include all the livestream information and timings on this page so it is all in one place for people
  • Organise and promote. If you are a member of gaming websites, contact community discord moderators and ask if you are allowed to promote on there. Maybe create a YouTube video to explain what you’ll be doing. Share on social media to create a buzz building up to the day. Reach out to the Game Developers of games you are planning to play, see if they can help promote. Make sure to tag us on social media so we can share your post
  • Set goals with incentives to encourage donations. For example, when you reach £100 you’ll get a cream pie to the face. Engage with the people watching and ask them to interact with you while playing – when they donate perhaps they can request a specific ‘move’ within the game. Include donation goals and ensure donation alerts come through while playing.
  • Most importantly of all, make sure to always thank everyone who donates – it doesn’t matter how much you raise whether £5 or £50 it’s all about the charity. MS-UK will use your donations to continue to run the services we provide which support people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss your gaming marathon with our Fundraising team, you can call 01206 226500 or click button below to submit a contact form.