On Friday, the charity speedrunning stream hit one million dollars for US charity Prevent Cancer Foundation. Late on Saturday night, it hit two million dollars, and the crowd went wild.
Donations hit the 2mil mark during a thrilling Super Mario Odyssey speedrun. As the run time ticked towards three hours, Twitch chat began a $5 donation chain, and the donation counter began to explode.
The commentators were asking for money in all sorts of ways—“donate $5 if you love anime,” “if you think he’s slowing down... donate $5,” and describing certain donations in terms of what it could get them at McDonald’s. The speedrunner, Bayleef, wasn’t super keen on this last method, because after three solid hours of Mario—and being in the food-themed Lunch Kingdom at the time—he was probably very hungry.
It ended up being a race against the speedrunner: reach $2 million before Bayleef gets to the Darker Side of the Moon, a particularly difficult post-game level in Super Mario Odyssey that would mark the end of his run.