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Dubbed the world's most famous record-breaking professional gamer, Athene began his rise to fame 7 years ago as the first popular gaming-oriented YouTuber. By continuously setting world records in games ranging from League of Legends to World of Warcraft, he has amassed a following with more than 450 million views on just his YouTube channel and has made guest appearances on many media outlets including CNN, CBS, CNBC and Fox News. Athene primarily uses his status to make a positive impact on the world through philanthropy and charity fundraising with his exceptionally dedicated fanbase.
What is Athene doing now?
Gaming For Good
The brainchild of Athene, this online platform raises money for charity organizations, currently Save the Children. Donations are rewarded with points, which can then be used to redeem games that have been donated by game developers and publishers. The funds are used for emergency response and to train local health workers who provide children with much needed healthcare in order to lower child mortality rates.
In 2016, Athene and a team of developers relaunched gamingforgood.net with completely new and innovative functionality that allows gamers who livestream on the Internet to have their viewers support them through donations while simultaneously donating to charity as well. This ambitious project was realized in cooperation with G2A, one of the most popular digital marketplaces for games, who have not only been one of GamingForGood.net's biggest donors but are now supporting the platform with their G2A Pay payment processing service so that more payment methods are available for donors and fees are lower, allowing more funds to be raised for charity.
Humanitarian Emergency Response Team
The GamingForGood.net Humanitarian Emergency Response Team started out as a group of famous gamers coming together by pledging to immediately mobilize their audiences and fundraise when a humanitarian disaster takes place.
Very quickly, word began to spread about the project and the amount of interest from the rest of the gaming community has turned it into a movement.
The movement has already aquired more than 2,000 highly influential content creators that are on standby and ready to fundraise when a humanitarian disaster takes place.
As a result, GamingForGood.net evolved into a platform that gamers and streamers can use for both personal and charity fundraising because the most devastating natural disasters on the planet need an equally massive response that can bring the level of support that is needed.
Athenes past projects benefiting Save the Children
A few of the many powerful projects Athene and his crew have worked on over the years in support of Save the Children.
Operation Sharecraft, 2012 - Athene and his community successfully raised $1 Million while livestreaming videogames for 100 consecutive days to raise awareness for the worst drought in the Horn of Africa the world had seen in over 60 years.
The Siege, 2013 - To help celebrate World of Warcraft's last major content patch for their expansion 'Mists of Pandaria', Athene and his crew rallied the gaming community to take part by gathering under one banner dubbed "The Siege" - for charity.
Race for Survival, 2014 - Athene visited Save the Children's survival program in Ethiopia as part of the Race for Survival event. Livestreaming and fundraising directly from the field
The End of Ebola, 2015 - Athene and his crew visited an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) that was set-up to counteract the rapid onset of the worst Ebola outbreak in world history, while filming for their documentary "The End of Ebola".
About Save the Children
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.