The following has been sent to Inven Global as a press release
PITTSBURGH / ATLANTA — Global esports team, the Pittsburgh Knights, and charity fundraising platform, Softgiving, have announced additional talent for the Wiz and Friends Charity Livestream,
which will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020. The event will be hosted by multi-platinum recording artist and Knights strategic partner, Wiz Khalifa, in his first-ever gaming live stream. In addition to Wiz, Twitch streamer Austin will emcee the event.
Additional talent added to the event includes:
● Twitch streamer and professional gamer xQc
● Rapper LoodyBoy
● Rapper ChevyWoods
● Rapper G Herbo
● Rapper Ricky P
● Music Producer Sledgren
● YouTube sensation Vikkstar
● Rapper and Producer Ty Dolla $ign
● Producer TM88
● Rapper Lil Yachty
● TV Personality Steve-O
● FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill
The event will benefit Rise Above the Disorder (RAD) — and all funds raised will support people of
color in need of mental health care. RAD provides a universal mental healthcare system accessible to
youth all over the world. Since 2017, RAD has covered the cost of mental health care for more than
35,000 people across 132 countries.
People of color in the U.S. experience a significant degree of marginalization and discrimination,
which is a top risk factor for poor mental outcomes. As in health care, mental health care disparities
associated with access and lack of insurance are substantial.
"In light of this extraordinary time when the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have swept across the U.S. (and the world), we believe it is an especially important time to support those who are suffering and in need of mental health care," said Knights president James O’Connor. "This charity live stream is a direct way to help those who do not have easy access to the care they need and deserve."
"This partnership with the Knights is truly an amazing opportunity to help bring attention to the needs of so many charities all around the country ... especially at a time like this when they may need support more than ever," said Softgiving CEO Matt Pfaltzgraf. "Gaming brings communities together, so we are pleased to be a part of the efforts the Knights are making to impact people in a positive manner by supporting Rise Above the Disorder. We are also very appreciative of our brand partners for supporting this initiative."
Softgiving, an Atlanta-based fintech company, creates innovative and convenient fundraising solutions for nonprofits and is the first charity streaming platform to have a 0% platform fee. Their technology provides all of the tools and resources necessary to produce online charity events, such as custom landing pages, live support, streamer tech and prize giveaways.
Khalifa has said: "Nowadays artists are breaking music as well as premiering on different platforms
like Twitch. 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."
A Forbes-profiled entrepreneur, Wiz Khalifa is recognized for his business acumen, creative
excellence and charitable efforts. He has had his finger on the pulse of the video-gaming scene for
several years, including the launch of his own top-rated mobile game in 2017.
O’Connor added: "We’re looking forward to using both our platform and our network to bring attention to worthy causes. We believe that esports are a wonderful way to bring people together and promote community, especially during such an unprecedented and isolating time. Softgiving is an amazing resource for us to bring everything and everyone together in order to make this all happen."
"We're thrilled to be teaming up with the Knights, Softgiving and Wiz to put on an event that will
completely change the way we talk about mental health," said Rise Above the Disorder CEO Jason
Docton. "Now, perhaps more than ever, mental health care is so greatly needed. Through this event
we'll be able to raise the critical resources needed to provide free mental health care to people around the world."
Softgiving and the Knights have developed integration opportunities for brands to sponsor the charity streams. Brand and donation partners for the July 11 charity stream will include: G FUEL, HyperX, Metro Star, Schell Gaming, DREAM Clothing, Elysian Brewing, McQueen and the Violet Fog
Gin, Zotac Technologies, iBuyPower, PRG, Stream Elements, Gamestar and NFLA/ESTV.
"We’re honored to partner with the Knights for this great cause," said G FUEL Founder and CEO Cliff
Morgan. "We look forward to being a part of this historic event."
"HyperX is pleased to be part of Pittsburgh Knights and Wiz Khalifa's livestream gaming event
supporting advocacy of mental health care," said HyperX Strategic Marketing Manager Stephanie
Winkler. "As a leading brand in the gaming community, we believe the health of gamers is a critical
part of the gaming lifestyle, and this extends into our everyday lives and to the people close to us."
DREAM Clothing has designed the official T-shirt for the event, which will be available online
throughout the day on Saturday.
Games to be played during the livestream are:
● Madden NFL
● Mario Kart
● Call of Duty: Warzone
● EA Sports UFC 3
● Beat Saber
● Until You Fall
● NBA 2K
● Mortal Kombat
"We're proud to support fellow Pittsburghers Wiz Khalifa and the Knights in their effort to raise funds
for Rise Above the Disorder in a time when mental healthcare is of paramount importance to
everyone," said Schell Games Senior Director of Marketing Jill Sciulli. "We're also excited that ‘Until
You Fall’ is one of the featured games for the livestream because it will add a completely different
gaming experience for Wiz and his friends to enjoy!"
Additional details about the July 11 charity stream are available at: knights.gg/.