Yogscast Christmas Charity Drive

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Last year the Yogscast guys brought us a Bee inspired charity drive, this year they’ve gone all out with a Dwarven Dairy Drive theme livestreams – Read on to find out more.

For those of you that have never heard of ‘Yogscast’ and have no idea who or what this is, let me give you a quick wiki history lesson on these YouTube broadcasters.

The Yogscast are a group of YouTube broadcasters who produce gaming-related video content, focused around their main YouTube channel, YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon, with additional content syndicated through a wider network of YouTube channels. The channel initially gained popularity with its videos about the MMO World of Warcraft, though videos about the sandbox game Minecraft brought it to widespread attention.

In June 2012, the Yogscast’s primary channel, YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon, (then BlueXephos) became the first channel in the United Kingdom to reach one billion views. As of March 2013, it is the most viewed and second-most subscribed YouTube channel in the UK, with over six million subscribers and over three million daily views. The Yogscast received the “Greatest Youtube Gamer Award” at the Golden Joystick Awards in 2012 and 2013.

Source: Wikipedia

This is the third year running the Yogscast team have given up their December evenings to raise money for some incredibly worthwhile charities.

Yogscast Goat2011 saw the Yogscast team up with Oxfam,  to “send locally-sourced and vaccinated goats to families living in poverty.” This was the first year Yogscast reached out solely to their fans asking them to put hands in their pockets and they managed to raise over £63,000 – this beat the target they set of £60,000

 

Yogscast Bee Drive

Last year the Yogscast theme was ‘Honeydew’s Honey Drive’. Their aim was to beat the £60,000 they raised in 2011 and the money they raised was split between two projects: The first £10,000 went to ‘Plan Bee’ which provides training and a workshop for the manufacture of modern beekeeping equipment for Ethopian families.  Everything raised above £10,000 went to Oxfam’s ‘365 Emergency Fund’. Now they didn’t only manage to beat the previous years figure but they smashed it with an incredible £211,235.86 raised according to their Just Giving site.

 

Yogscast Dairy Drive

 

This brings us up to 2013 and they’ve gone with a Cow theme this year with ‘Yogscast’s Dwarven Dairy Drive!’

 

 

Here’s what they say about this years charity drive on their Twitch page:

Hello and welcome to Yogscast’s Dwarven Dairy Drive! We’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Humble Bundle along with support from some of our friends in the games industry to do something truly amazing for five great causes close to our hearts.

We’ll be streaming throughout December to raise money for Oxfam, SpecialEffect, Little People UK, GamesAid, and War Child.

Check out this years announcement video:

 

Through the generous sponsors they’ve teamed up with, if you contribute $25 or more you will receive the following (whilst stocks last): TF2 Heart of Gold (game item), Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (game), Magicka: Wizard Wars (game), Sonic All-Star Racing Transformed (game), Torchlight (game), Shank 2 (game), Napoleon: Total War (game) and War of the Vikings Yogscast Hat.

 

This years rough schedule is as follows:

Every night 7PM – 12(ish)AM GMT

Wednesday 4th: Sjin and Sips LIVE Doing Stuff

Thursday 5th: Parv rocks DOTA2 with eCelebs like Purge and PyrionFlax

Friday 6th: Dream Team Megastream with Martyn, Sparkles* & Strippin

Saturday 7th: Dunc’s Farm Sim with Sjin+Lewis

Sunday 8th: Race for the Wool LIVE vs Hat Films

Monday 9th: Ali-A and Strippin: Donations Cranked

Tuesday 10th: Stream Time with the Blackrock Crew!

Wednesday 11th: Simon, Lewis and Teutron Fighting Fantasy and Guff

Thursday 12th: Davechaos and Duncan Double D + Others

Friday 13th: Hat Films: A Hat Too Far

Saturday 14th: Nilesy’s Protessional Strem: Live Free, Protesh Hard

Sunday 15th: MoonQuest LIVE

Monday 16th: Surprise Guest!

Tuesday 17th: Hannah and Kim: Ladies Night

Wednesday 18th: Civ 5 Challenge LIVE

Thursday 19th: Hexx This! Duncan’s Hexxit LIVE

Friday 20th: Hat Films: A Fistful of Hats

Saturday 21st: Zoey’s Pro-as-heck Livestream

Sunday 22th: Lewis and Simon watch Jingle Cats or something

Monday 23rd: Surprise Guest!

Tuesday 24th: Nilesy’s Protessional Strem: A Good Day to Protesh

Thursday 26th: Turpster’s Incredibly Awesome Livestream

Friday 27th: Ridgearound with Ridgedog

Saturday 28th: Athene and Reese Guest Stream

Sunday 29th: Post Christmas Chilltime with Rythian and Friends

Monday 30th: Martyn and Sparkles Funtime Donation Drive!

Tuesday 31st: Surprise Guest!

 

So they have set themselves a target to beat last years figure and that sounds like no small feat. However, at the time of writing this (evening of Tuesday December 3rd) and only two days in, they have already had over 10,000 contributors contributing a total of $208,447.18 – according to Google this works out as approximately £127,094.21. Which puts them well on their way to not only beating last years total but smashing it…

Go check out the stream on Twitch here: http://www.twitch.tv/yogscast

Go donate to the worthwhile causes here: https://www.humblebundle.com/yogscast

Reporter: JMS1701

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