Update: GuardianCon recently passed $2.1 million raised for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. You can watch the charity stream for yourself here.
GuardianCon is an annual two-day gaming convention held in Tampa, Florida, but for many people the event is all about the week-long charity livestream marathon leading up to the convention itself. GuardianCon 2018 kicked off its 'Charity Blitz' earlier this week, with all proceeds going toward St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and it's seen a bunch of fun streams since, with many streamers offering amusing donation milestones like shaving their eyebrows or wearing flamboyant cosplay. At the time of writing, the event has raised over $1.7 million of its $2.4 million goal (the daily operating cost of St. Jude).
One of the high points of this year's marathon was the Destiny Community Podcast's segment, which raised over $100,000. It also doomed two of the hosts, podcast producer Pope Bear and Destiny 2 streamer turned Bungie consultant Patrick "Holtzmann" Casey, to getting matching heart tattoos on their butts. Half of that chunk of change was donated in the final 30 minutes of the stream.
Pope Bear and Holtzmann announced beforehand that they would tattoo their butts if they hit $100,000, but that goal seemed far away as their stream entered its second half. That is, until a viewer by the name of CCkun91 donated a staggering $25,000. No, CCkun91 seemed to say, those butts are getting tattooed.
CCkun91 is a Destiny 2 streamer himself, and apart from his PvP expertise, he's known for his generosity. During GuardianCon 2016, for example, he donated $6,000 to Destiny 2 YouTuber Datto during his segment. His donation to the Destiny Community Podcast's stream this year was not only considerably larger—I don't know what this guy does for a living, but good on him—but also the catalyst for a landslide of donations which collectively raised around $50,000 in half an hour. Here's the moment where the stream hit its $100,000 goal (you can watch the full stream here):
I reached out to Pope Bear to hear his thoughts on the stream's runaway finish. "The 25k donation was epic and made the possibility of reaching 100k very real," he said. "I knew that the Destiny community was going to step up in a huge way but that last 20 mins was an absolute blur.
"I do not have any other tattoos and to be honest I will wear it with pride as this community has given me so much," he added. "Our illustrator Ash, who we have been working with for over three years, will be designing the tatoo for us."
I asked him how his wife felt about the whole thing. "She could not be happier for her husband to share a matching butt tattoo with another man," Pope Bear said.
Holtzmann, meanwhile, had this to say on Twitter:
whelp...July 8, 2018
CCkun91's reply was perfect:
My badJuly 8, 2018
It was a great effort for a good cause, and Bungie took notice. Destiny 2 community manager dmg04 provided a donation incentive of his own, offering previews of upcoming patch notes on another Destiny 2 stream hosted by Gigz. Here's a roundup of everything he shared:
You hit 5k.Patch note: With Update 1.2.3, we'll be adjusting Escalation Protocol Weapon Reward chances to be more deterministic. What does this mean? Players improve chances each time they defeat the EP boss. Hit 6k, I'll throw out another patch note. https://t.co/vUGC9AOXmvJuly 9, 2018
You hit 6k.Patch note: In Update 1.2.3, we're adding the ability to preview Sparrow contrails and Spawn FX from inventory.Keep those donations rolling. If you hit 7,777.00, two more patch notes will be served.Steam: https://t.co/DhP49qIfvT Charity: https://t.co/9XdxWT7DkC https://t.co/0vgr1LBvtuJuly 9, 2018
You broke 7,777.00.You smashed it, to pieces.Additional patch notes for Destiny 2 Update 1.2.3 as follows:• Commas will be added to large numbers as separators on the IGCR and PGCR. • Fixing the recoil for West of Sunfall 7 and the Trials hand cannon A Cold Sweat. https://t.co/H6RqZWSBDsJuly 9, 2018
Final hour for @T1gigz. If you hit 10k, you'll get a final patch note for today.Don't do it for the patch note - do it for the kids. Cheers to all involved with @GuardianCon, and all who have donated so far!Stream: https://t.co/DhP49qIfvT Charity: https://t.co/9XdxWT7DkC https://t.co/6fHwfACwTnJuly 9, 2018
You did it in under half an hour. You've almost broken 11k! Final patch note, as promised:• Once Destiny Update 1.2.3 is live, the Exotic Catalyst for Sturm may be earned by defeating enemies on Nessus.Still got 30 min left for @T1gigz, get in there! https://t.co/VnUcbMCEZ9July 9, 2018
...and someone just broke the top donation with a 1k. This is absolutely awesome.Here's another.• Momentum will be removed from Heroic Adventures in Update 1.2.3 https://t.co/m1CHvXddpTJuly 9, 2018
And a 2k dono. Holy cow.Patch note: Once all Mercury Forge weapons have been obtained, they become available for direct purchase from Brother Vance in the Lighthouse after Update 1.2.3 shipsStream: https://t.co/DhP49qIfvT Charity: https://t.co/9XdxWT7DkC https://t.co/VGCaEbFubGJuly 9, 2018
And in the literal final second of @T1gigz's spot, I saw that 3k donation.Final patch note: After Destiny Update 1.2.3 ships, Iron Banner events will use Iron Temple fire pits as capture zones, instead of Control Flags. (Not this week's event, but those taking place after) https://t.co/Xa9R04aeQmJuly 10, 2018