ZEvent sets new record with more than 4 million euros for Amnesty International


The ZEvent, a charitable event for streamers and gamers from France, is entering its home stretch. But by 8 p.m., four hours from the end of their surgery, the 40 or so young Twitch stars have already beaten all their goals. Last year, they raised 3.5 million euros for the benefit of the Institut Pasteur. This year, four hours from the end of their operation, scheduled for midnight, their fans had already given more than 4 million euros.

The mission seemed impossible but it was to ignore the strike force of these forty young people, French stars of the Twitch platform, and their respective communities who, each year, join forces for a good cause. This year already, the ZEvent has passed the million euros mark collected 18 hours ahead of their performance in 2019. And everyone knows that it is in the last hours that the counters literally explode: in 2019, two million euros in donations had been collected between 8 p.m. and the end of the event, shortly after midnight.

500,000 euros in 30 minutes

Aware that machines and servers are extremely stressed by the multiplication of small donations sent by tens of thousands of people, the organizers proceeded to a “stress testLive at 6 p.m. Sunday. By asking each of their viewers to send one euro at the same time, they were able to test the resistance of their collection systems, set up free of charge by the company StreamLabs. Despite a few bugs, the pot jumped nearly 500,000 euros in thirty minutes. But ended up crashing a few minutes later. “Must repair”, begged the streamers who hope the collection will be operational during the “rush»Final. And at 8 p.m., they added the sums raised by the sale of t-shirts printed for the occasion: nearly 1.4 million euros alone.

The growth curve for donations and the notable acceleration in the amounts collected at 6 p.m. on Sunday, when the organizers asked their tens of thousands of viewers to each give one euro. Capture Sevent

However, it was not all easy for Adrien Nougaret (alias Zerator) and Alexandre Dachary (Dach), the organizers of the event. The event, which brings together around 80 people in the same space, including around forty streamers, suffered from the health crisis. Despite the precautions taken for several days, some streamers (and in particular among the best known Squeezie, Gotaga, Antoine Daniel or MisterMV) could not go to Montpellier as was planned. However, they played the game and participated in ZEvent from home, significantly contributing to rounding the pot.

Despite these absences, once all the PCR tests had been received, around thirty streamers found themselves in a hotel in Montpellier for a marathon weekend of online video games, discussions and performances, to encourage their many “viewersTo click on their Twitch channels to donate. The public, mostly young, does not necessarily give a lot, but “even a euro is good», Assures Dach. And small change ends up filling chests.

Adrien “Zerator” Nougaret, one of the initiators of ZEvent. Capture Twitch/ZErator

The previous editions had raised almost 1.1 million euros for Médecins sans frontières (2018), 500,000 euros for the Red Cross (2017) and 170,000 euros for Save the children, in 2016 (the event was then called Avengers France). It will be “hard to do better“Than in 2019 this year under these conditions,”but it is not our vocation to break records, the important thing is to support a cause», Explained Dach Friday before the launch of the 2020 edition.

For content, “there is no guideline, each streamer broadcasts what he wants», Specifies the organizer. The previous year, donations being devoted to the Institut Pasteur, some games were prohibited, such as Plague INC, which consists in infecting the planet with deadly viruses, too contrary to the image of the Institute. Nothing like this this year. “We discussed with Amnesty upstream, by mutual agreement we did not consider it useful to release jokers, there are too many successful war games in the stream, explains Dach. It’s video games, you just have to pay attention to the speech.»

Samuel Etienne, the presenter of Questions for a champion, indulged in some cinematic secrets on the stream of his friend Stars. Capture Twitch/Etoiles

In four editions, the event has gone beyond the world of streamers and has moved into the landscape: last year the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron himself had congratulated in a tweet the “French gamers»For the sum reported to Pasteur. “You are inspiringHe wrote. “We gamers are very active, we can show that we can also be for a good cause, s’amuse Domingo. Gaming is more and more cool, the success of the game Fortnite helped a lot. We were stigmatized, but we are not just people who stay at home, we also have a heart.»

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