Live fundraising is a great way to tell your story and engage with donors.
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!
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Q: What is Extra Life?
A: To quote: "Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals." Farther more here is a link to the Extra Life FAQ.
Q: What is HostileThon? / Why Do you do Extra Life?
A: I started doing charity marathons for almost nine years it all started with me and my friend Lane doing a 24-hour charity marathon on are Minecraft server. After that we made HostileThon where we started out trying to beat all the Super Hostile Minecraft maps. In subsequence years we did start playing other games as well. Lane however passed away August 9, 2013 in a car accident after that we have done a year of Extra Life for every year he has been gone and that is why I do Extra Life.
Q: Do you have merch? / Do you make profit off it?
A: You can find all are merch on SpreadShirt also no we make no profit off of the shirts or any other items in SpreadShirt it is all priced at cost.
Q: Is HostileThon appropriate for all ages?
A: We try. Some of us are from different cultures where swears are more socially acceptable. We do try to have are day team of steams keep it clean. However, the night steam all is game.