January 2, 2014: Yogscast, the UK’s most watched YouTube channel, announced today that its December charity drive has raised an incredible $1,156,799.80 – just over £700,000.
The record haul for the ‘Yogscast Dwarven Dairy Drive’ smashed last year’s £240,568.25 and will be shared between five charities: Oxfam, War Child, GamesAid, Special Effect and Little People UK.
Talent from across the Yogscast family of YouTube channels appeared on Twitch.tv every night during December playing games, taking on challenges and having fun.
Yognau(gh)ts – fans of the Yogscast - who donated more than $25 got an amazing bundle of games and in-game items worth $350, including Napoleon: Total War, Garry’s Mod, Sonic All-Star Racing, Awsomenauts and The Chaos Engine. Those who gave more than $5 get a 'Heart of Gold' accessory item from popular title Team Fortress 2.
Yogscast chief executive Mark Turpin said, “We were aiming to reach £300,000 so to get to £700,000 is an incredible achievement and shows how generous gamers in general and Yognau(gh)ts in particular are.
“We’ve had amazing support from the UK and international video games industry supplying the games and items – there is no way we could have raised the money we did without their fantastic support.
“We also have to thank the Yogscast family who gave up their nights every day, except Christmas Day, in December to broadcast live and raise money.”
About The Yogscast
Described by the BBC as 'The UK's kings of YouTube', The Yogscast is a network of talented and entertaining YouTube creators committed to bringing the best in gaming entertainment to the world. Originally launched in 2008 as a way for Lewis to share Simon with the world, The Yogscast started as a boss guide to World of Warcraft, became a #1 ranked podcast and then a YouTube channel in 2010. It was the first ever UK channel to hit 1bn video views and has more than 6m subscribers. The Yogscast family is made up of 18 channels, including Lewis and Simon, with more than 17.5m subscribers and over 110m video views a month.
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