2020 has been a real root canal of a year and everyone knows it. We’re only weeks away from symbolically turning the page on this poorly-written chapter that somehow contains both too much and too little plot. To mark the occasion, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced it will say goodbye to the year with a charity streaming event.
The event is called “Say Goodbye to 2020 For Good” and will be streamed across Twitch and YouTube. It begins on December 14 and will run through December 18.
A $100K charity Fortnite tournament will be the main event of the festivities, with various streaming personalities taking part. Money raised will go to charities including Black Girls Code, No Kid Hungry, Project Tomorrow, Rise Above the Disorder, The Trevor Project, and Warfighter Engaged, as well as the ESA Foundation, which operates a scholarship program for aspiring game developers.
“The goal of next week’s charity livestream is to bring the video game community together to support those who need it most during these difficult times,” said ESA Foundation executive director Anastasia Staten, in the announcement. “We are joining together with well-known streamers and esports personalities to say goodbye to 2020 in a way that will help so many in 2021. With the support of our sponsors and partners, we hope to make a dramatic impact on some very important causes.”
You can learn more and donate through the official site.
The ESA has reason to say a not-fond farewell to this year. The coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to cancel its annual gaming event, E3. It then canceled plans for a replacement digital event, but it has been consistent in saying that E3 2021 will go forward.