A young Fortnite fan has been streaming the game for 10 hours a day to raise money for his father’s cancer treatment.
ZylTV has already raised over $13,000 playing the hit battle royale game on Twitch. He has also racked up 20,000 followers since he started playing at the beginning of July.
Playing your favorite games all day long has become a viable career for many. Some are making thousands — sometimes tens of thousands — of dollars a month by just streaming online.
But one Fortnite fan isn’t playing to line his own pockets. ZylTV is spending 10 hours a day in front of his computer in an effort to help his dad get better.
ZylTV racks up $13,000 in less than two weeks
Zyl wasn’t a well-known gamer when he started streaming Fortnite earlier this month. He had previously uploaded only four videos to YouTube and attracted just 220 subscribers.
But as news of his cause spread among the gaming community, it wasn’t long before Zyl’s new Twitch channel was blowing up. Thousands tuned in to watch his 10-hour streams, and plenty donated their hard-earned cash.
In less than two weeks, Zyl has attracted 20,000 followers and raised more than $13,000 for his father’s cancer treatment.
Pro players chip in
A number of professional Fortnite players have coughed up to help, including Snood from Ghost Gaming, Dubs and Megga from Faze Clan, and Clix from Misfits.
Xxif and Ronaldo — two players who recently caused controversy by cheating during Fortnite tournament qualifiers — have also paid for Zyl and his father to attend the World Cup in New York.
“I can’t even thank anyone from this stream with words. I’m truly speechless,” ZylTV tweeted this week. “You guys changed my and my dad’s life forever.”
More to be done
It’s not clear how much Zyl intends to raise, but it’s likely there’s a long way to go yet.
During one stream, Zyl described how his father was diagnosed with stage three rectal cancer last September. It recently spread to his liver and his lungs, which brought him to stage four.
Zyl says doctors have given his father less than a year to live without chemotherapy. If he can undergo treatment for three years, he has a 20% chance of living longer.
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All revenue will go toward funding his father’s treatment, Zyl says. “Much love from me and all of my family members.”