Dominique "SonicFox" McLean has tweeted plans to host a long charity stream next week with all proceeds going to a range of LGBTQ+ charities. SonicFox will be playing the story modes from Mortal Kombat 9 through to Mortal Kombat 11.
The tentative start is set for Friday, August 23 in the evening, with the plan to stream for about seventeen hours, followed by a rest period, for a total of three days. If the Mortal Kombat games are finished too early, SonicFox has stated that he will continue with playthroughs of other the Injustice series.
Hey guys! So just a heads up, I am planning on doing a practically 48-72 hour ish or so nightmare charity stream next week (heavily inspired by @Hbomberguy ) !— FOX | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) August 16, 2019
I will be donating all proceeds to at least 3 LGBTQ+ charities and will be streaming MK9-MK11 Story Modes! BLOW IT UP!
SonicFox goes on to state that one of the charities he is planning to donate funds to is the Trevor Project, and he asks follows to suggest any other charities for people of color LGBTQ+ as well as for trans rights. The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 that focuses on suicide prevention efforts among the LGBTQ+ youth. The organization offers a toll-free number to the Trevor Lifeline, which is a confidential service that offers trained counselors.
SonicFox is not the first player to stream for charity, as there have been many others in a recent trend that see funds raised live on the internet, which charities can then reap the benefits from.
In June, Twitch streamer DrLupo shattered previous records by successfully fundraising nearly $1 million for charity in less than five hours. In that situation, DrLupo partnered with Guardian Con, a Florida-based gaming convention with the goal of creating a marathon stream. Proceeds went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which aims to assist children suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses.
Philanthropy in gaming is not a new trend either. Child’s Play is one of the most well-known charitable organization that works to donate toys and games to children’s hospitals around the world. The organization was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, better known online as the authors of the popular webcomic Penny Arcade.
While SonicFox has clout among the Fighting Game Community (FGC), having recently proven himself as the best Mortal Kombat 11 player in the world at Evo 2019, it may be beneficial for him to partner with a larger organization that can assist with expanding awareness of the program, as this could help bring in much-needed donations.
In any case, the stream is sure to attract attention, and may even encourage other popular members of the FGC to create their own streams for charity.