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How to fundraise by gaming

Five steps to start

1. Let us know about your gaming challenge by filling out our short form

2. Set up a fundraising page on Tiltify or JustGiving

3. Set a date for your challenge

4. Share your #GamingForVeterans challenge – ask for sponsorship and fundraise on the day

5. Boost your event with resources we’ve created to help you

Ready?

Power up our mission to support all veterans who turn to us for support by #GamingForVeterans

About the challenge

Gaming for veterans' mental health

Gaming for charity is a great way to do something you love while supporting a cause you care about. And it’s easy to get fundraising through gaming – with lots of ways you can get involved.

Whether it’s a solo session or a group quest, be part of the ultimate gaming mission and help change veterans’ lives by fundraising through gaming.

You could take on a sponsored tournament with your friends. Make it through a gaming marathon. Complete a gaming relay. Stream it online or play at home.

Just organise your own gaming event, at your own convenience, and raise funds while you game. Whether you’re a pro-gamer or levelling up, we can provide you with everything you need on your quest to support veterans through gaming.

We need your help to change the lives of every veteran affected by complex mental health problems.

Let us know about your challenge

We'd love to hear what you’ve got planned and help however we can. If you could fill out this form we can work out how best to support you.

If you have any questions drop us a line by email streaming@combatstress.org.uk or join our Combat Stress Discord channel and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Please note, we are not affiliated with our live streamers and nor do we endorse them.

Safe gaming

Please consider the following

The gaming community is a great place to connect with others across the globe, that’s why gaming to support veterans’ mental health is a perfect way to do something you love while supporting an important cause.

However, while gaming can be good for mental health, there are a few things you should consider before holding a gaming challenge.



  • Keep it safe, keep it legal, and stick to your platform’s community guidelines.
  • Streamers should be 18 years old or over: If you’re under 18 ask a parent or guardian to email us at streaming@combatstress.org.uk so we can help.
  • Privacy: Think about where you will livestream – is there anything in the background that you don’t want others to see? Make sure any personal or identifying information is out of shot. Make sure to check the community guidelines for the site you're streaming on.
  • Comment moderation: If you don’t already have regular moderators ask a friend to watch the comments on the livestream and moderate for you, so you can focus on your fundraising activity. They could do this remotely or be with you in-person so you can debrief or celebrate together after your event.
  • Blocking and reporting: Before you livestream, take time to familiarise yourself with the blocking and reporting functions of the platform. It’s a good idea to read the community guidelines to make sure you know what counts as inappropriate behaviour and how to report it.
  • House rules: Consider including some house rules for people watching the livestream. We’ve put some suggested house rules in the tab below if you need a place to start.
  • Keep it PG (but if not, give a warning!): If your stream isn’t going to be suitable for all ages (whether because of your language, game or other content choices) please make sure this is labelled appropriately on whatever platform you’re using. If you plan to broadcast yourself playing a game, make sure you share the PEGI age rating first.


  • Be kind
  • Respect others
  • Include everyone
  • Listen to moderators
  • Don't spam
  • No bullying, sexism, racism, homophobia or hate-based chat
  • No spoilers for the game
  • No advertising or self-promotion
  • No joking about mental health or suicide


  • Stick to your platform’s community guidelines.
  • Streamers should be 18 years old or over: If you’re under 18 ask a parent or guardian to email us at streaming@combatstress.org.uk so we can help.
  • Make sure any personal or identifying information is out of shot.
  • Promote your livestream.
  • Get to know your platform’s features and settings.
  • Create house rules for people watching the livestream. We’ve put some suggested house rules in the tab above.
  • Make sure to share the PEGI age rating of the game you'll be streaming.


  • Comment moderation: If you don’t already have regular moderators ask a friend to watch the comments on the livestream and moderate for you, so you can focus on your fundraising activity. They could do this remotely or be with you in-person so you can debrief or celebrate together after your event.
  • Blocking and reporting: Before you livestream, take time to familiarise yourself with the blocking and reporting functions of the platform. It’s a good idea to read the community guidelines to make sure you know what counts as inappropriate behaviour and how to report it.
  • Take regular breaks: If you need to be AFK then pop up a BRB card and go to the bathroom, nip to the kitchen or just stretch your legs out of shot.
  • Don’t overdo it: Streams of all lengths make a difference, so try to only stream for a few hours at a time or break longer streams down into shifts with friends.
  • Stay hydrated and stock up on healthy snacks: Make sure you have easy access to water (and drink it regularly!) and you can always stock up on snacks like fruit and nuts so you can stay on top form, full of energy. Avoid high-fat or ‘energy’ foods, as this can lead to a crash or dip in concentration!
  • If you're feeling unwell, stop the stream: You can always come back to the challenge later, when you’re back on top form and ready to boss it.


  • Video privacy: It’s often possible to view a video of your stream after the event. If you don’t want your recording to be publicly available, make sure you use privacy settings to limit the audience.
  • Emotional support: If you are a veteran and need mental health support please reach out to us via our Helpline: phone 0800 138 1619, text 07537 173683 (standard charges may apply) or email helpline@combatstress.org.uk
  • Don’t forget to send in any funds you may have raised offline: Find out how to send in your fundraising here
  • Consider your next challenge: If you enjoyed #GamingForVeterans then why not start thinking about your next challenge. Regular streaming helps you build up your followers and grow your channel, and it’s a great way to regularly support veterans’ mental health (and have an excuse to game more!) Get in touch if you want help planning your next stream streaming@combatstress.org.uk

Want to stream something else?

Find out more about streaming for veterans

Not into gaming but still want to stream for charity?

From chatting to cooking, crafting to singing, we’d love you to stream for veterans’ mental health.

RESOURCES

We’ve put together a range of helpful resources for your gaming streams – including streaming resources and social media graphics.

Don’t forget to tag us @combatstress and use #GamingForVeterans #CombatStressStreaming

If you have any questions please email streaming@combatstress.org.uk or get in touch via our Combat Stress Discord Channel

Videos

Inspire your audience to donate by showing them the work that Combat Stress do and the difference they’ll be making by supporting your gaming. Videos available to use for your breaks.

Overlays

Our overlays have been optimised for Twitch, for other streaming platforms drop us a line at gaming@combatstress.org.uk or via our Combat Stress Gaming Discord channel and we'll see how we could help.

Social Media

We’ve created a selection of social media images that you can use leading up to the big day to help you promote your gaming fundraiser across your social media channels.

Sponsorship Form

If you have supporters who would prefer to donate offline, you can download our sponsorship form to share with them.