Change of beneficiary for ZEvent. Organized in Montpellier, the charity games marathon distributes donations collected by streamers during each edition to an association. The decision to pay donations from the video game community went to the GoodPlanet foundation this year.

The decision sparked massive protests from Twittersphere. Many people were moved by this choice, accusing Goodplanet of greenwashing highlighting its partnerships and support, including several multinationals, particularly in the banking and energy sectors.

“The controversies that have been animating Twitter for a few days are serving the cause”

Faced with the controversy, Albane Godard, director general of the GoodPlanet foundation justified this support. “We are choosing to involve as many players as possible in the ecological and solidarity transition, so as not to remain convinced”. Before announcing his decision not to accept funds from ZEvent. “The controversies that have been driving Twitter in recent days serve the cause for which each of us, employees, volunteers, partners in the field, work tirelessly […] [Leur] unwavering commitment and immense quality work are groundlessly questioned. It is for this reason, and because the ecological cause should not suffer unnecessary controversy, at a time when it is time to act, that we have decided to withdraw from ZEvent 2022 ”.

In 2021 the charity event raised the colossal sum of 10,064,080 euros for the NGO Action Against Hunger. For the 2022 edition, which will take place from 8 to 11 September, ZeratoR, one of the two co-organizers of the charity marathon, has decided to let the social networks themselves choose five recipients from a list of preselected associations. Still on the theme of ecology, “a cause that affects us all and whose importance no longer needs to be demonstrated”. And if “the ease would have been that of taking on another cause, whose actors are less subject to debate”, ZeratoR explains that he does not intend to abandon it.

The list of preselected associations is available on social networks. The voting for the choice of the five beneficiary associations of ZEvent funds – “the last one organized according to this formula” as announced by its creator – will close on Wednesday 13 July at 2 pm.

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