In a normal year, the FGC would be mid-season in a variety of world tours and tournaments. Unfortunately, 2020 is not a normal year. Now, this year is about getting away from normal to fix systemic problems in the world. Since the FGC still cannot meet to compete in person, online events have become more prevalent. By turning online events into charity tournaments and exhibitions, the FGC has found ways to support those in need.
The most notable charity event to take place was the Black Lives Matter Charity Tournament run the r/StreetFighter. The tournament quickly grew to include over 100 competitors, but that is not as impressive as how fast the donation total grew. After smashing their goal of raising $10,000, the donation total ended at $17,553.35. This made the tournament the largest crowdfund in the FGC on Matcherino as well as largest charity Matcherino. The donations were split between several Black Lives Matter charities. According to Joe Munday, this tournament was about more than raising money for a good cause.
Expect clips from last night's charity tournament throughout the week.— r/StreetFighter (@RedditSF) June 3, 2020
Until then, continue being excellent. pic.twitter.com/Qa7bv2grZ5
“I have been extremely fortunate when it comes to my upbringing and career and it just makes sense to me that if I don't use that position of privilege to help others be successful then I've wasted that privilege. It didn't feel right to simply run a tournament and be having fun in a time when people are hurting, angry, and have often lacked support from pillars in the community. At the time I didn't expect to raise near as much as we did so to me that's a clear sign that people in our community want to help, want to impact change, but might lack the outlet to do so. It's time for people like myself, in a position of privilege and a large platform like r/SF to listen to what people are saying and act in a way to support them,” said Joe Munday.
Ronin Rumble organized their own Black Lives Matter event in the form of Granblue Fantasy: Versus exhibition matches on June 4th. The main event featured a team match between Team Chicago and Team New York. The event raised $2,101.51 for the Chicago Community Bond Fund due to Team Chicago’s victory. The event was important to many involved with Ronin Rumble to help show support for those that have supported Ronin Rumble.
“Ronin Rumble wouldn't be where it is now if it wasn't for the Black community. This event meant a lot for the staff, talent, players, and viewers because it hits home for all of us. We're all in this together,” said Geoff The Hero.
Panda Global and Kitana Prime ran their own events to support Black Lives Matter with the First to 15 series. Matches featured Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Mortal Kombat 11, Killer Instinct, and more. Over the course of one week, they collectively raised over $30,000 in support of Black Lives Matter charities.
A total over $16,550 has been donated to BLM charities!— Panda Global (@PandaGlobal) June 2, 2020
The prize pool will be donated to Al'Maa'uun, a Black-led charity that is helping people get food and supplies!
PG is matching $500, and @Kitana_Prime $200.
More charity matches to come this week! https://t.co/ndrJs69vbk
Of course, not all charity streams have been tournaments and events. Community leaders and streamers have also stepped up to support different causes. LI Joe raised over $5,000 in four hours while streaming himself learning Killer Instinct. EQNX’s own Keekeexbabyy reached her goal of $2,500 donated for St. Jude PLAY LIVE in May.
SOMEONE JUST DONATED $$1,475 to my st jude campaign so we reached our goal of $2,500 for the kids thank you so much wtff wowowowow Nurse Morrigan stream cosplay coming soon wowowowo @StJudePLAYLIVE https://t.co/bSewx03cwF— EQNX Keekee🏳️🌈 BLM (@keekeexbabyy) May 25, 2020
In a 4 hour stream we managed to raise over 5k! From my heart I thank you all. Everyone needs to stand and be heard. Use your platform to speak up and fight for what you believe in. The time to make a difference is now and none of us can do it alone#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/mcLJ4o57z9— Joe (@thisislijoe) June 5, 2020
Justin Wong made donations in some of the events mentioned previously, but he also held his own event on stream to raise money for Color Of Change. The goal of his 24-hour stream was to beat 100 fighting games and raise $5,000. While he may not have hit his goal for the number of games beat, he smashed the more important goal of money raised.
Finally finished the 24 hour stream...— Justin Wong (@JWonggg) June 7, 2020
I don’t know the exact amount but I think it’s around the $7,500-8,000 range for @ColorOfChange
We also beat 66 fighting games in the time span and I am truly blessed to do what I love to help and I have such an amazing twitch community pic.twitter.com/fuXIUORMMT
Last month, we ran a special Cuddle Circuit called KO Cancer to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The event included four tournaments in TEKKEN 7 and Street Fighter V with players even competing in pink costumes to support the cause. Read the event recap to learn more about how the event raised over $11,000 for BCRF.
There are still more events to come. For Pride Month, The Neutral is running Transitional Combat, a Street Fighter V tournament benefiting Trans Lifeline with a goal of raising $1,000. Donate for free by completing sponsor quests and using the code “TRANSRIGHTS” to add to the donation pool in the Transitional Combat Matcherino.
#TheNeutral presents #TransitionalCombat— Amanda: a Black, Trans, Lesbian 🖤 (@AmandaTNStevens) June 4, 2020
Street Fighter V tournament to benefit @TransLifeline https://t.co/Yyiy06XiyY
East Coast (June 12 7pm PST): https://t.co/MWVNJHyenB
West Coast (June 13 2pm PST): https://t.co/sW1cqaAtjN
Streamed on https://t.co/HrHuwKK5Ut pic.twitter.com/Z0BZnNDqUS
EQNX streamers will also be joining in to support Black Lives Matter as well in upcoming streams. Both Romanova and Keekeexbabyy will run events to raise funds for Black Lives Matter charities. Follow EQNX on Twitter to get updates on how to get involved. We can work together to make the FGC, and the world, a better place for everyone.
Never. Stop. Fighting.