SO MUCH has happened in the last week that I can't believe it's not 2019 already.
The Extra Life community stream raised over 100k for charity. Watching Jack, Caiti, and Chelsea take on the 25, yes 25, hour stream during one of most amazing community events of the year was very humbling. Shout out to all of our community groups who participated, took on some pretty rough stretch goals, and continued their 24 hour streams after they were featured on RT. #forthekids!
We are now 48 hours after the main RT Extra Life stream, and I cannot believe we raised over 1.4 million. Like...HOLY. CRAP. I stayed for the entirety of the stream to act as a mod for the various chats we had going. We were streaming to RT.com, YT, and Twitch, so you can imagine that I had a lot to keep myself busy.
Over the years, I had watched the RT Extra Life streams throughout game day, donated when I could, and shared their donation links as often as possible. This year, I was able to see everything from behind the scenes. Jack, Caiti, and Chad are unbelievable superstars and huge inspirations. No matter how tired (or sore) they were, they continued on, keeping up that energy in front of the camera, and encouraging everyone involved with EL from behind the scenes. It was nonstop.
Michael and the Broadcast team were unwavering and it was incredibly endearing to read all of the comments of adoration and love from the community to the Broadcast team. Every year, Broadcast steps it up, and every year, they conquer everything that's thrown at them (sometimes literally).
We had amazing mods helping us out for the entirety of the stream this year, and Chelsea, Cricket, and myself couldn't be prouder of them. Keeping chat wholesome for a charity stream for children isn't an easy task, but all of our mods handled the multiple chats wonderfully. I was blown away by their passion and drive to keep working as hard as they did.
Our Social team kept up with EVERYTHING that happened during EL. Going back and seeing everything that was posted and recorded on our various social channels is nothing short of amazing. Maxie and Amanda absolutely killed it with the coverage this year. Huge shout out to Peter Hayes for the assist as well. I'm still convinced he hasn't slept since the end of the stream.
Throughout the day, I cheered on my colleagues (or covered my mouth in sheer terror due to the punishments inflicted upon them) and I couldn't help but feel a tremendous sense of awe, happiness, and pride for them. Every single person you saw on camera, or caught a glimpse of behind the scenes took the extra time and energy to bring what you saw on the EL stream. I work for an amazing company, and I work with equally wonderful people. And none of this could have happened without, as Jack said it, "the best community in the GD universe".
YOU all made this happen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are blessed to have this community, and even more blessed that we can work together like this and bring good into this world. Thank you, thank you, thank you <3