Livestreaming community Twitch and its members helped raise more than $80,000 to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines last month, the company announced today.
In an effort to support the Red Cross, Twitch and Teespring partnered to launch a pop-up t-shirt shop after Typhoon Haiyan hit. Twitch dedicated all profits from the shop to charity, raising $82,751 through the sale of more than 6,300 shirts. A donation from Twitch brought the total contribution to $90,000.
"The Twitch community is extremely giving, especially when you look at the millions of dollars raised for charity this year using our platform," said Twitch founder and CEO Emmett Shear in a statement. "So when we decided to dedicate a pop-up store for Typhoon Haiyan relief aid, we knew our community would support it, but we were still blown away by just how much support we received. Gamers definitely represent the next frontier of philanthropy."
Twitch also announced that streamers taking part in this year's Extra Life charity drive helped raise more than $1.22 million through its channels. Some 7,500 participants used the livestreaming service to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.