Saturday, April 13, 2024

Season of Pride smashes fundraising and viewership records

2021 looks to be the year of smashing records because that’s exactly what happened for MidBoss’ event Season of Pride.

Originally titled Summer of Pride but changed to Season for a more inclusive title, Season of Pride is hosted by MidBoss – the talented, queer creators behind games like 2064: Read Only Memories and upcoming Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER – to celebrate LGBTQ+ diversity within video games.

And a celebration most certainly did happen. Season of Pride raised $29,534 in donations from streams viewed by more than 2.2 million stream views. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, then look at it this way: that’s more than 21 years of combined watch time in the space of only a month!

The event was helped by 70+ LGBTQ+ streamers who took the time and effort to play some incredible queer and inclusive games like Sword of the Necromancer, Sayonara Wild Hearts, The Sims 4 and even Dead By Daylight – which isn’t explicitly queer, but is very queer-friendly and most certainly has a promising LGBTQ+ future ahead of it.

With $29,534 raised, the donations will be sent to eight LGBTQIA+ and diversity-focused charities such as Trans Lifeline, The Trevor Project, and GaymerX, alongside Mermaids, Minus18, Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, and Women in Games International who joined mid-event.

“Our 3rd annual Season of Pride event was a smash! We’re so proud of what we’ve done this year and every year,” said Cade Peterson, CEO, MidBoss. “It continues to grow and touch hearts and minds of gaymers everywhere, all while bringing together so many amazing people to fundraise for some very deserving charities doing great work to make the world a better place for underserved minorities while promoting positive LGBTQIA+ characters and stories.”

Bri Barnett, Director of Advancement, Trans Lifeline also spoke about what Season of Pride has done for them and the Trans Lifeline charity. “Season of Pride bolsters everything we do at Trans Lifeline, it spreads awareness about our services, it lets trans people see that they are supported by a wonderful community of content creators, and it provides vital funding for our work.” They continued, “the communities on Twitch fund over 15% of our budget annually, it’s impossible to overstate the impact of these events.”

To find out more about MidBoss and Season of Pride, head over to their official website.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.