The TRUE side of Gaming. Mainstream media in a nutshell. This is Bashir , better known in the internet as "Athens". He' s probably one ofthe world' s most known gaming
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The TRUE side of Gaming

Mainstream media in a nutshell

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This is Bashir , better known
in the internet as "Athens". He' s probably
one ofthe world' s most known faces within
Save the
Despite being known as an arrogant
Asshole, "Athene" is very engaged in
charity work. He' s one ofthe founders
of a website called ". net"
to bring awareness of children less Fortunate
than ourselves.
During the passing weekend, "Athene"
organized and launched a massive charity
event called "The Siege", Bringing together the
gaming community trying to make a difference
in the world. Big gaming companies like Twitch
and Blizzard agreed to help him promote this
T tr'. wrst
Although the event gaming wise was mainly about "World of
Warcraft", the entire gaming community, not only World of
Warcraft players participated in this charity event.
League of Legends, suprisingly despite its reputation for
having a toxic and immature player base were one ofthe
many other games involved.
This is Robbert van , better known as in the
internet world. He' s one ofthe biggest League of Legend
streamers, he' s also a Youtuber and a very renown gamer.
During this charity event, this guy sat by his computer for 13 hours,
streaming for charity, taking lots and lots of micro donations,
resulting in a total over a 100. 000 dollars. With the USAID multiplier
involved in this event applied, this will be over a million dollars! The
overwhelming support from the League of Legends community,
proved to the entire gaming community how false the image ofthe
League of Legends community was.
This charity event raised in total over 2 million dollars, with mainly
the League of Legends community being responsible of
approximatly 50% of it.
In addition, there were several renowned streamers and gamers
involved raising money for charity by playing computer games. In
total, has raised almost 6, 5 million dollars
for the charity organization "Save the Children", reaching out to over
100. 000 kids around the globe who aren' t as Fortunate as we are.
This was done during a regular weekend. In 12 hours, 1, 5 million dollars
had been raised for charity because ofthe gaming community coming
together and do what they do best.
Despite this incredible accomplishment, the mainstream media didn' t
even mention this.
But if one little **** kills his grandma from playing Grand Theft Auto,
or its being discovered a serial killer was playing World of Warcraft...
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Submitted: 09/09/2013
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User avatar #1 - thanesyrdahl (09/09/2013) [+] (9 replies)
Mainstream media is about pleasing the masses man. They rarely care about something that's actually interesting.
Bread and Circus for the people!
#21 - medeena (09/10/2013) [-]
Im breaking my comment virginity here to tell everyone who works hard for giving gamers a better reputation and those who use this form of literature to better the situation for others how much I appreciate them! Keep up the good work!
#80 - vizz (09/10/2013) [-]
Just because they gave money to charity doesn't mean the league community isn't full of immature ass holes.
Just because they gave money to charity doesn't mean the league community isn't full of immature ass holes.

#23 - gothictomato ONLINE (09/10/2013) [-]
#33 - IamSofaKingdom (09/10/2013) [+] (2 replies)
SivHD is hilarious and when he played two positions at once (meaning he had to essentially use two computers at once) I was very impressed.
SivHD is hilarious and when he played two positions at once (meaning he had to essentially use two computers at once) I was very impressed.
#72 - aehliel (09/10/2013) [+] (12 replies)
>Big Gaming Companies

I can't be the only one that is bothered by this.
#56 - mrefox (09/10/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Indeed, the standard media failed to see this, but You have failed to see the numerous Speed Runner charity marathons.
There have been 7 SDA charity marathons since January 2010, where numerous speedrunners fly to a location to all participate in near non-stop streaming of games old and new done at speeds you probably wouldn't think possible.
Starting with just over 20 participants, there are now over 100 runners from across the world who participate.
Over $750,000 have been raised for charities such as research for autism, cancer, and for doctors without boarders.
All the runs are archived on SDA.
There are also plenty of individual and small groups of streamers who do charity marathons up to and beyond 72 hours (Recently the Binding of Isaac Racing League participants ran a charity marathon for St Judes the week of PAX).
So perhaps this was more widespread than even You thought and maybe you should have participated in these marathons too.
After all, the media isn't just attacking those games, they're attacking all gamers.
User avatar #27 - adunsaveme (09/10/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Never understood all this hate for the LoL community. I've only had a handful of assholes in almost 400 games, but apparently the community is 'full of them'.
User avatar #6 - coppy (09/09/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Some of the other well known WoW streamers that help with this charity are Swifty, Hydra, Sodapoppin, Venruki, Reckful,Cdew, Braindeadly.WowHobbs,Towelliee and The Guild Method , theres tons of other guys working on it with smaller channels who also help alot.
User avatar #73 - toadkillerdog ONLINE (09/10/2013) [-]
it's ok op, all the people that get pissy are dieing off, here in the next decade or so we'll be able to scream on the news about something else making our kids murderers....I think it'll be dubstep, that **** is weird and new to me.
#62 - psykobear (09/10/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Most well known faces in gaming...
#55 - Nihatclodra (09/10/2013) [+] (1 reply)
I helped out with a 24-hour charity gaming livestream last month (It was called "24 for Indie", and the charity was "Child's Play"). It wasn't that big, and only raised $1003.48: but it's something.
User avatar #26 - toosexyforyou (09/10/2013) [-]
The **** are you talking about, League of Legends players are the coolest people outside of a game. LoL is only known for it's IN-GAME toxic community.
#9 - kirbyphanphan (09/09/2013) [+] (3 replies)
I watched Siv his stream and the moment he hit 50 K was amazing, but when he decided to continue to 100k was probably the best thing I had ever seen happen in a stream.
#115 - DutchBlood (09/10/2013) [+] (3 replies)
If you need appreciation for the good you do, then you are doing it for the wrong reason..
If you need appreciation for the good you do, then you are doing it for the wrong reason..
#94 - tealkangaroo (09/10/2013) [+] (17 replies)
"known for having a toxic and immature player base"

"big gaming companies like twitch"

I mean, of course I appreciate what they did, you're just throwing in some ******** there for unnecessary emphasis
User avatar #114 to #94 - minorian (09/10/2013) [-]
Have you played LoL? Damn, I have never experienced a more "immature" player base.
#49 - fernddd (09/10/2013) [+] (4 replies)
That's not the true side of gaming for every story like this there is 100 were people just bm their team mates and make them feel worse if they're already having a bad game
#59 to #49 - garnykins (09/10/2013) [-]
The point being made is that there is a lot of good that comes from gaming communities, whether it be the SDA st00f or Athene's or <insert other charity events here>... but none of it is mentioned. Ever.

You never hear news stories about how X charity event run by and contributed to by almost gamers in their entirety raised a chunk of cash for a good cause.

Instead, the media takes every opportunity to bring all the violence cases that are even remotely related to video games and beat them dead multiple times over... because video games are bad. Awful things. Cause lots of violent thoughts and tendencies in the youth of America. Damned developers, amirite?

So some communities are full of *********** . You realize that you're saying this about a community, right? There's people like that everywhere. I could walk into a church and I could probably say that some of the people there are assholes and then label every member of the church as an asshole because of them... but that can't be right, can it?

You have to look at scale. Gaming communities are capable of expanding through the number of millions (with communities like WoW expanding over multiple countries and, in that case, reaching toward the near-10 million mark), you're going to have the select people that are those assholes in that church.

Not all gamers are those assholes, and I have a hard time believing and conforming to the idea that the majority of the 10 million people that play WoW or <insert League's population here> that play LoL are assholes like they appear to be labeled and portrayed.

#46 - CANADIANS ROCK (09/10/2013) [+] (1 reply)
If anyone knows.
User avatar #136 - tittylovin (09/10/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Good to know I'm not the only one with a low view of LoL players.
Good on them for doing charity work though, gotta respect that.
#65 - anonymous (09/10/2013) [+] (2 replies)
6.5 million dollars going to 100,000 people is 65 dollars per person, yes? those 100,000 people could have worked for 5 hours and earned that much themselves and not made athene and sivhd do all the work for them. Lazy ************* .
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