YouTube sensation Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach played games for a cause this Sunday during an approximately 12-hour live stream to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign and support LGBT equality.
“We are avid supporters of the LGBTQ+ community and we wanted to showcase that at the forefront of what we do,” he said in the stream, sitting between fellow YouTubers Tyler “Apocalypto_12” Scheid and Ethan “CrankGameplays” Nestor. “We want to make sure that we do whatever we can to make sure that they have a bright and accessible future without any restrictions.”
The stream, which ended with 1,850,000 total views, raised $128,918 through 6,168 donators. This amount beat the original goal of $100,000.
Throughout the stream Markiplier and his friends played video games solo and interactively with the audience, hung out with Markiplier’s dog Chica, straightened and curled their hair and more.
The HRC is “the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization” which “envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community,” according to their website.
Markiplier has 16 million YouTube subscribers. He has done charity live streams in the past, such as for Toys for Tots and Crisis Text Line, but this was his first charity for the LGBT community.
The 11-hour 42-minute stream is available to watch here.