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How and Why to Support MajorsHouse and Its Causes

Update (07/11/2017): This post was updated to reflect that the Twitch Affiliate program now has subscriptions similar to the Partner program.

Update (02/04/2018): This post was updated to reflect the removal of the MajorPlay GoFundMe campaign

What’s good, everybody!

Figured I’d stop in and write a couple of things because this has actually started turning into YouTube video factory. Not that I have any issues with it, but looking at the site’s humble beginnings as a regurgitator of gaming and tech news and its slow pivot to a place for stream archives and whatever web-based shenanigans I can get into (I mean, I do own several domains and a couple of servers so why not), it’s hard to ignore the growth the MajorsHouse network (MajorsHouse.com, YouTube, and Twitch) has since June of 2012  and definitely since the start of The Kaiden Age.

It has been with your help that we’ve been able to make such great strides with MajorsHouse and is why I love and appreciate your support in helping me. Through the support that you all have shown, I’ve been able to raise way more money for Extra Life, started raising capital for a used gaming store and gaming lounge for my local community, and am now a fresh faced Twitch Affiliate!

That brings me to the point of this post. I’ve tried to make it clear, time and time again, that I want to bring entertainment and value from MajorsHouse with no strings attached. That means that everyone who comes to the channel gets the same benefits as everyone else. There’s nothing hidden behind subscription paywalls. I won’t make you jump through hoops when it comes to giveaways. I’m a man of simplicity and like to have that reflected in everything that I do (Don’t mind the wires, please).

However, as of late, I’ve come to start asking for money for various things. First, it was Extra Life. Then came MajorPlay. And now bits are here. As you can see, there is a pattern. Growth came with some complications. More specifically, it came with some monetary one. So, I want to take this time to clarify a few things about what I’m doing with MajorsHouse when it comes to soliciting on either site. This actually may be more for me than for anyone else…lol

Extra Life

What is it?

For those who don’t know, I’ve been doing Extra Life for seven years now. Extra Life is a video game based charitable organization that is a part of the Children’s Miracle Network.

Why am I asking for money?

Well, if it wasn’t obvious here, this is a cause I care deeply about. Its at the top of the list because its the only one I feel is the most important and should always be talked about. It’s what I based my streaming on and will remain at the forefront of everything I do on stream.

How can you support?

You can support by going to my personal Extra Life page and donating there! All the proceeds raised go to Duke Childrens Hospital here in Durham, NC..

 

Bits and Subscriptions (Twitch Affiliation)

What is it?

So, Twitch Affiliates is an attempt by Twitch to reach out to the up-and-coming streamers to help them monetize their streams through the use of cheering with bits and subscriptions. I’d like to call it “Twitch Partner Lite”, and in light of the recent revelations that transcoding by default is still locked up in the Partners section, its getting even more “lite”.

Why am I asking for money?

This one isn’t necessarily me asking for money, but Twitch’s way of allowing you to send me money directly if you think I’m being an awesome dude. That’s it. At one cent per bit, it isn’t necessarily going to make me rich overnight (although it could), I plan on using the money from this avenue (if I could at least get to $100) to help buy necessary things for the stream. Short term, you’re looking at games (as of this writing, I just upgraded stream equipment), but it could go towards bigger things like beefing up the overall system like maybe a new graphics card when the time comes.

With subscriptions, it feels a little bit more direct. There are three different tiers of support at $4.99, $9.99, $24.99. Also, if you have Amazon Prime, you have one free $4.99 sub you can use however you see fit. With these subscription options as an affiliate, I will be able to benefit from 50% of the subscriptions while Twitch get’s the other 50%.

I like to look at this as my supporters directly investing in what I do on Twitch removed from all the other fundraising efforts and, in turn, enable me to do something for all the supporters who have been here since the beginning and those we pick up along the way.

How can you support?

This one is fairly easy. Essentially, if you like what I’m doing on stream, just cheer in chat and throw in some bits. Its relatively simple, and I really appreciate it! If anything, you can “cheer me a beer”!

So, there you have it! All the ways you can support the MajorsHouse network and everything the network supports! For those who have supported us and supported our causes, we really thank you. For those who are looking to support, I hope this possibly clears things up and look forward to your support.

Again, if there are any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below, reach out to me on Twitter or email me at marcus@majorshouse.com!

-Marcus “MajorLinux” Summers

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