It’s not rare in the gaming community to find gamers crusading for causes they believe in. FYIG had the chance to talk one a couple of gamers who are looking to make a big difference with the help of streamers around the world. Read our interview with Gallant Gamers founders Alyssa and Leo to learn more about this great cause!
1. What is Gallant Gamers?
The simplest answer is a bunch of Twitch streamers who care about making a difference in the world. We care, so we raise money for the smaller charities that make impacts that often get overlooked by larger charities. Our volunteers are streamers but our community is filled with viewers, family, and friends alike.
2. How and why did you start this cause?
How? Well, myself and CatInTheWall215 (Leo) were in another organisation where we felt we weren’t doing all we could or all that we wanted too running the streaming department. We talked about what we wanted to do frequently. One day we just decided that enough was enough and we wanted to do bigger better things so we left created a discord and started brainstorming. One month later we launched our Discord Server, website, and streaming channel.
Why? As a gamer I am already blessed so much more than others in the world who cannot afford their needs much less the gaming equipment. I truly believe in the statement, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” So since I am blessed I want to do what I can to give back.
3. Were there any other ways that you were looking at helping local charities before you settled on streaming?
I have volunteered around my city, while I think it would be amazing if Gallant Gamers inspired local groups of people to get together to do fundraisers or volunteer we have not ventured into that territory. We knew immediately we wanted to make it the easiest way possible for people to volunteer and donate. The comfort of their own homes doesn’t get any easier than that.
4. Tell us about Gamer’s Checkpoint as it appears to be a very innovative service that you offer.
I game and stream to deal with my depression and anxiety. I know there is a decent number of streamers and gamers who game and stream for the same reasons. We want to offer a sort of peer support group. Our discord server will serve as our office for people to “walk in” get a peer support session and then “walk out” until their next time. This is in hopes that somebody that desperately needs it will walk in and get help when they normally wouldn’t. If we only manage to help one person the time and effort spent on our training we are building is worth it. I think that is one thing we want to show, everybody is worth it.
5. How many events do you expect to hold in the next few months?
We hold events every single month. Every stream on our channel is 100% for charity. We swap out the tiltify link in our chat bot and on our page itself on the 1st of each month. We hold a marathon event middle to end of each month, which is really where the donations come in.
September- Centre Point (Pending contact from the charity, the charity is located in the UK)
October- Operation Supply Drop
November and December are both still being decided.
6. How many people are currently involved with Gallant Gamers and has involvement so far met your expectations?
At the moment, we currently have 31 active members. And if I’m being honest, they are the 31 most amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking with on a daily basis. Involvement has more than met my expectations! Everyone in our Discord server is active and is always there to lend an ear if you need it. It’s like a small family that we have, and we cannot wait to grow it. The community is full of all types of gamers, some non-gamers. We get a lot of support from the gaming community.
7. What games are most popular for streaming?
It’s hard to say which games are most popular to stream. Every game out there has a following behind it. At any given time, you could go to the Twitch website, and every game have thousands of viewers. Gallant Gamers has a bunch of streamers that like to stream a variety of games. From the most popular shoot-em-up games, to puzzle games and Indie titles. We have a lot to offer and a wide variety here. I think it’s a good thing to have people that play games on all sides of the spectrum. We love to be able to reach a broader audience and have something to offer people from all walks of life.
8. How long have you been a gamer and what types of games do you enjoy?
Alyssa aka Alykkat:
I’m not quite as old as Leo, so I did not start gaming until the mid 90s. My dad had an old Sega Game Gear and I played some motorcycle game and a sonic game until it broke. Shortly after my dad got me a Sega CD and a Playstation after that. My favorite game series of all time is Crash Bandicoot, and I thought I was never going to get a remastered version. I personally prefer RPG adventure games over FPS or MMO.
Leo aka CatInTheWall215
Wow, well I’ve been a gamer since the 80’s! YES, the 80’s! I very clearly remember sitting in my grandmother’s living room playing Atari on her floor model tv that had a record player in the top compartment. I also remember getting the first Nintendo and Sega Genesis. I would play Sonic The Hedgehog and Toejam & Earl for HOURS! Over the years, I upgraded to every new system that came out. Although I’ve never really been an Xbox player. I think that’s just because I went with Playstation when it came out and I just stuck with it. Now-a-days I find myself playing the Call of Duty series games mostly. I believe it’s my “safe place.” I say that because it’s the game I’m best at. It’s very rare that I get in a Call of Duty match and not win, or at least be in the top 3.
9. Talk about gaming culture and the generosity of gamers. Charities with a gaming focus always seem to do well.
You are right! Charities that have a gaming presence do always seem to do well. And maybe that just seems to speak on the type of people that play video games. Almost every single day you can go on Twitch and all you would have to do is look at the top streamers streaming that day, and I’d bet that a good majority of them are doing some type of charity stream. I absolutely LOVE that! I love being part of such an amazing community! And I am very happy that I have these amazing people around me that simply volunteer hours and hours of their time on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to help others! There are no better people to be around! I am truly blessed!
10. What’s in store for the future of Gallant Gamers?
In a year we will have filed to become a NPO in the state of Texas and filed for our 501(c)(3) through the IRS. Fundraising for other charities is a legitimate activity for a NPO, not to mention Gamers’ Check Point. Becoming an NPO will allow for us to more freely accept money, get higher valued giveaway items, and provide a show of legitimacy to the rest of the gaming world.
11. Tell us in closing how people can reach you and any other information you wish to share.
Founded in May, but launched end of June Gallant Gamers is a coalition of streamers whose goal is to raise funds for 501(c)(3) charities during live stream fundraising events using various live broadcasting platforms.
Events can last anywhere from 12 to 72 hours. We came up with the name because knights, although romanticized, care for the old, the needy, and downtrodden. Those are the very things we wish to do. Our shield is “beaten” because no knight who’s worth his armor is shiny.
We have a central channel (https://www.twitch.tv/
We have had support from companies like NVIDIA, Nine Line Apparel, Pain vs Guilt, Rip It Energy Fuel, and Queen Bee in our initiative to raise money for smaller charities around the world.
– TWITTER https://twitter.com/
– FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/
– Become a Knight http://GallantGamers.com/join
– Join Discord Community https://discord.gg/