How To Take Part
#GameItForward is a simple idea: play games to help raise money for young people at risk of abuse, exploitation, and neglect.
Throughout lockdown a lot of people have been playing games to deal with social isolation, to connect with friends online, and to have a safe space to explore and grow their confidence. Now, you have a chance to use games to help others feel safer, more connected and ready to move forward with their lives.
But what do you need to get started?
To get started, you’ll need to be over the age of 18, have a Twitch account and a Tiltify account. If you don’t have either of these, they only take a few minutes to set up.
Once you’ve got both, you’re all set.
Getting set up for streaming means you will need a PC, webcam, and a decent internet connection.
You will also need to install streaming software – we are recommending Streamlabs OBS as this is one of the simplest and most reliable to set-up – and decide on what date you are going to stream.
We’ve created a FREE Twitch Overlay so that you will be able to tell your audience why you are streaming for The Children’s Society; you can download the overlay here and we also have a great “How To Video” from Twitch streamer Baron Sheep.
Once you’ve got your plan together, it’s time to let the world know! Share on social media, with your friends and family, and tell them you’re raising money for young people who need hope most. Feel free to tag us in @TCSPlays on Twitter too!
We have a Discord group you can join too, where you can chat to other fundraisers and promote each other’s streams. Support is available from our team in the channel and you can raise any questions or concerns. They will help you to stay safe and manage any issues you encounter.
Together we can build a community to #GameItForward.
The last step is, on your chosen date, to stream live while you play your favourite family-friendly games and encourage your audience to donate.
Be yourself – viewers are there to watch you and hear what you are thinking as you play
It takes practice to build up an audience, even if there is no one in your stream yet, keep chatting away, play the long game.
Have fun and stay safe – check out our Stay Safe Online page