Annual French charity gaming marathon , Z Event, raised a staggering 3.5 million euros for the Institut Pasteur this weekend, garnering a nod of approval from none other than French President Emmanuel Macron.
In its third year, Z Event brought together a host of French streaming stars and gamers in a fifty-hour gaming bonanza broadcast live over on Twitch that ran from Friday until late last night.
Last year, the event broke records with forty streamers raising over 1 million euros for Médecins Sans Frontières, but this time around, fifty-five participants cloistered themselves for three days to surge past and raise 3,510,752 € in total.
By doing so and keeping conversion rates in mind, the event has raised the highest amount in history for a charity stream event surpassing the $3.7 million raised by the Destiny-themed GuardianCon Charity Marathon Stream earlier this year.
The event was also trending on Twitter, reaching the third spot in worldwide trends and generating nearly 120,000 tweets.
On Sunday night, as Z Event came to a close, French President Emmanuel Macron heaped praise on the event, saying;
55 French gamers have raised over 3 million euros for the Institut Pasteur over the course of a weekend. You are inspiring and show us that anything is possible when you support a cause you believe in. Bravo #ZEvent2019!
Macron wasn’t the only one to show his support for the Z Event either. Fortnite star Ninja also contributed a generous 26,000€ landing the spot as the top donator for the weekend.
The money heads to the Institut Pasteur, an international non-profit research and education foundation providing crucial advances in medicine, science, and public health all in the name of the father of vaccination and disease comprehension, Louis Pasteur.
The Institut was clearly overwhelmed by the support from viewers and Z Event, penning a few choice tweets such as the one below.