Interview with DeeKayy
What would you say your passion is?
I’ve always wanted to do one thing—help people. Eventually I figured out that I don’t have to be paid to do what I’m passionate about. I can do a job that pays me well, while pursuing that passion. Streaming let’s me do that, it gives people a place where they can go to talk, vent, and just generally get through life. Then we have several times a year where we can all rally together for a specific cause.
What made you start streaming?
I started streaming back when I was playing FIFA. I was watching Castro_1021, and he was doing a 50-hour charity stream for the Children’s Cancer Research hospital in the UK. This was not long after the anniversary of the passing of my grandmother who lost her bout with cancer. It was neat to see gaming doing good, and I wanted to get in on that.
When did fundraising become a part of your stream?
Two months after I started actually. I was streaming one day, and Castro raided me with 1,500 people for only a couple of minutes until my computer crashed from the amount of notifications and whatnot. After that I thought, “I can give this whole charity thing a try.” I did 12 hours trying to raise money for leukemia, I didn’t raise a single cent. It was hard to swallow that. It made it hard for me to want to put something together again, but once I did, it was a huge success. Fundraising has been the backbone of my stream since the start. There’s no perfect opportunities, you have to take a leap and be uncomfortable.
What all have you done so far in terms of fundraising?
There was of course the first one, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Also a GoFundMe for a local girl, Grace, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer at 17 years old, and St. Jude’s PlayLive events. Then coming up this year Movember reached out to me to run a campaign to bring awareness to men’s health including bringing awareness to prostate and testicular cancer. Even if you don’t raise any money towards your goals. You still bring that awareness. If one person can be more aware, suddenly more people become sensitive to these things. Charity always has an effect.
How did you find Rogue Nation?
I found it through a friend of mine who knew another Rogue Nation streamer named Gingersnap_ttv, almost an accident, but definitely a happy accident.
What does it mean to you to be a part of the community?
The best part is that it’s much more than a community. A family supports each other, and there are people who go out of their way for one another, we spend time together, and work towards the same goal as content creators who bare the name. I encourage anyone that is looking for friends, a team to support, or even just pick up games. Rogue Nation is the place for you.
What moments in your streaming career stick out to you?
The big one is our St. Jude event, the Siege Against Cancer. When it hit home what we were doing, is the moment that Zironicdk was trying to remove the ban that we had on spawn peeks in our game of Siege. “Fifty dollars.” He then drops two hundred dollars since we’d be playing 4 matches—one of his viewers drops another two hundred to cancel it out. This goes back and forth between viewers until, before you know it, we have a thousand dollars raised before the event even starts. Not that it’s so much money, but that there are people that want to support what we were doing. That it was worth their time, money, and support. It was surreal.
The second is Grace’s campaign, unfortunately she’s no longer with us, but now we have a saying in our community. That we are Grace strong. This was a brief blip in time where everyone was so human. People were asking to donate anonymously. Just that they supported what we were doing, and I will be the first to admit it. I started bawling onstream. Twitch is not about video games.