With the need for more original entertainment these days, livestream gaming has noticed a significant boost the last several months – and all sorts of celebrities have been getting in the game. The latest celebrity to host their first-ever gaming livestream is multi-platinum recording artist Wiz Khalifa, who has teamed up with global esports team, the Pittsburgh Knights, and charity fundraising platform, Softgiving, for the Wiz and Friends Charity Livestream on July 11.
Khalifa is a strategic partner for the Knights, a global esports organization established in Pittsburgh in 2017 that’s partnered with the city’s Pittsburgh Steelers, and will be featured at the center of the team’s new philanthropic initiatives, including upcoming charity stream events. The Wiz and Friends Charity Livestream will benefit Rise Above the Disorder, which provides a universal mental healthcare system accessible to youth all over the world. All funds raised will support people of color in need of mental health care. In addition to Khalifa, Twitch streamer Austin – formerly RajjPatel – will be featured at the event, along with soon to be announced musical artists, professional athletes and members of Khalifa’s artistic collective, Taylor Gang.
To help get donations, Khalifa and the Knights have even sweetened the pot for gamers and music fans alike. They’re giving away two opportunities to play against the Pittsburgh native and first-time streamer, offering anyone who donates to the event’s website, prior to Tuesday’s deadline, a chance to win a spot gaming with Khalifa on the livestream. So far, they’ve raised over $10,000 in donations.
“Nowadays artists are breaking music as well as premiering on different platforms like Twitch,” Khalifa said in a statement. “I have always tried to be at the forefront of technology and I think this is another amazing moment in history. I am happy to be a part of it.”
The 32-year-old Forbes-profiled entrepreneur is no rookie when it comes to the video game landscape, having launched his own on-brand top-rated mobile game back in 2017. This partnership between Khalifa and the Knights provides the chance to bring attention to all sorts of various charities, especially one like RAD which is highlighting an underlying effort currently being caused by front page news.
For more information about the July 11 livestream, check out the Knights’ website.