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Meet Ben

Ben spoke to us about gaming with #BecomePlayers

We spoke to Ben, one of our original #BecomePlayers gaming fundraisers. Ben has been streaming for a while and has great tips for others getting into it!

Why did you start gaming for Become?

"Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a loving caring family. I came across Become through a friend. The more I investigated Become the more it has aligned with my core values, of helping and supporting people who aren’t as fortunate as me.

I feel that every pound I raise for Become is helping to change people's lives, even if it's in some small way. That really means something to me."

Do you have any fundraising advice for new players?

"People want to know what you're streaming for, if you say you’re streaming for a charity e.g. Become, then put that in the stream. I put a donation goal because people are more likely to donate if you have a target (makes it more of a challenge)."

What's your top streaming tip for other gamers?

"The main factor is to be interactive with as many people as you can in the stream, whether it's 1 person or 5, whether it's £1 donation or £500. Every pound counts.

Many people donate because they want to be recognised and acknowledged. By recognising them on stream, live, that gives more of a personal feel. If on a live stream you set up a command or an alert reel that does it for you, this is still personal and it's more personal than it would be than if it was just a simple ‘thank you’ message."

Would you encourage others to get involved?

"Many care leavers and people in care face so much hardship, especially over the winter months, imagine if it was you. Alone and isolated with no one to turn to for help, short of money, and minimal contact with anyone.

I am very thankful to everyone who checked into my last livestream for Become and I can’t thank everyone enough for donating. It wasn’t thousands but it was enough to make a difference. Fundraising for Become helped both parties involved. It helped them by getting the money they deserve and helped me realise how fortunate I am in my life.

What could you do to help change someone’s life who has been in care or is still in care? Why not make a difference! Help change their lives! Be part of it!"

Where can we watch your stream?

"I typically steam every other night around 8PM (GMT+00). I play games such as Minecraft, Apex legends, Rocket League and I’m looking into many many more games suggested by the community.

You can access my stream at twitch.tv/wisiewig. I’m looking forward to catching you in there, don’t be afraid to say hello!"