Live fundraising is a great way to tell your story and engage with donors. Download this guide here!
Great, how do I get started?
You'll need a device to stream with (desktop/laptop, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4)!
Download or login to a streaming app to your desktop (like Streamlabs, OBS, Lightstream or XSplit). Have a console? Your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have apps to stream directly from console (Twitch, Mixer or YouTube)!
Set up an account with a streaming service (Twitch, YouTube, Mixer).
You'll need something to broadcast your gaming! PC or console:
Set your Chatbot to share your donation link when your streaming.
**Pro-tip** add #donate to the end of your participant URL (non-customized) to bring donors right to the payment screen!
Xbox extras to customize your stream
Explore options to customize your stream using Lightstream and Mixer!
Once you have your device, streaming software/service and accounts setup, add your streaming username to your fundraising page by clicking Your Page, then clicking the pencil icon to edit. This allows you to stream to Twitch, Mixer and YouTube and have the stream directly embedded on your Extra Life page! Your donors can interact and chat with you AND donate with ease!
Here's the steps to connect your stream to your page
On extra-life.org. add your streaming username to your fundraising page & save – you're ready to go!
Click Your Page in the top bar
Click the Settings tab on your page
Choose your service and enter your username
Note: YouTube requires you to enter the full URL to the live video, not your YouTube username
Click Save Changes
Share the link to your fundraising page through social media, text messages, your chatbot and email.
When you start streaming from your streaming software (Streamlabs OBS, OBS, Lightstream, XSplit) or console, your stream will appear on your fundraising page!
Don't forget to check out our broadcasting toolkit for additional overlays, commercial breaks, talking points and more.
Stuck? Confused? Let our community of Extra Life streaming experts help! Head to our official Discordand ask for some assistance!
Extra Life is a yearly marathon where gamers from around the world commit to playing games of all kinds for 24 hours non-stop to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Myself, like many others in Ottawa, play for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, also known as CHEO. I've done 9 separate 24 hour marathons since 2011 and thanks to your incredible generosity, have raised just shy of $15,000 for CHEO so far. Since it's humble beginnings in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $50 million to help sick kids in our community and shown loud and clear, the incredible good gamers can do for the world when we come together.
So, what's up this year?
We had plans to do a big couch gaming stream at a friend's place this year but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we've had to kick that idea down the road for the future. However, I will still be live streaming the full 24 hours from home and I'll be playing a ton of multiplayer stuff with my friends, including an 8 player Left 2 Dead 2 co-stream with theSHED's 8LIVE and a bunch of other multiplayer and single player games throughout the day. I'm a variety streamer and trust me, we'll be drowning in variety!
Keep your eyes peeled right here and on my Twitter and Discord to find out when my next Extra Life event is happening and how you can help!
What's this about stretch goals?
For several years now, I've committed to streaming horror games (which I'm a total weaksauce at) if we hit certain fundraising milestones. Thanks to you all, I have achieved the $1,000 Extra Life gold medal target for the last 8 years in a row! I don't intend to stop that streak this year!
Thanks to your incredible generosity, we raised $3,550 for CHEO last year and that locked me into over 10 individual horror games, which I'm still getting through this month before Game Day. Keep an eye on Twitter and Discord to find out when the next stretch goal stream is happening. Here's what we've got left:
All of these are well regarded and look terrifying. Trust me, watching me cringe my way through horror games on stream is a treat you don't want to miss!
how can i help?
EXTRA LIFE NOW SUPPORTS CANADIAN DOLLARS!
You can donate to my campaign right from this page using a credit card or PayPal. 100% of your donation goes to help CHEO and all donations of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt early in 2020 if you provide your mailing address. If you donate during the stream, your donation will be shouted out and if you leave a message with your donation, I'll make sure that's read out too.
To sweeten things further, anyone who donates any amount and e-mails proof to [email protected] qualifies for a free PC game of your choice from my huge and ever-expanding giveaway library, no other strings attached. There's tons of good stuff in there and you're sure to find something you'll love.
If you can't afford to donate or even if you can, please spread this far and wide on your social media feeds and communities. You can also register to participate in Extra Life this year if you want. Just sign up for free on the web site.
Anyone who lives in Ottawa or knows someone who did has been touched by CHEO and the incredible work they do for sick kids. It's an honour and a privilege to be able to use this hobby we love to do good for such a fantastic institution. Thank you for your support!