Popular YouTuber Mark Fischbach had raised a staggering amount for Cancer Research to celebrate hitting 20,000,000 followers
At the end of March 2018, Mark (Markiplier) hit 20 million followers on YouTube. In a video that has since gained over 1.5 million views, Mark announced the release of his ‘Tasteful Nudes’ in an emotional video thanking his fans for their support and continued viewing of his channel.
In 2017 during a charity live stream, Markiplier jokingly promised fans that he would ‘release his nudes’ if his community managed to reach 20 million subscribers. Known for keeping his work from charity live streams, in 2015 he dyed his hair pink for charity along with friend and fellow YouTubers, Sean McLoughlin (JackSepticEye) and Daniel Kyre (Cyndago). Promising fans if they raised $100,000 for the Depression and Bipolar Association during a single live stream, all three YouTubers sported brightly coloured hair for a significant length of time to show their thanks to fans.
A man of his word, for 48 hours only, Mark released a $30 calendar for fans. Featuring photos of a variety of his most popular characters including Darkiplier and the two Jims, all proceeds raised from calendar sales will be donated directly to Cancer Research. Each calendar will be hand signed by Markiplier and are due to start shipping to fans later this month.
The 28-year-old, best known for his horror let’s plays, comedy videos, and vlogs, highlighted that the photographs were tasteful, PG13. Mark dedicated a significant portion of his time thanking fans for their support of him and his work, thanking viewers from the bottom of his heart, and praising the creativity of the community that has arisen around his channel.
In a video released earlier this week, Mark announced a correction to the initial figure of $380,000 he had thought they had raised for the Cancer Research Institute. Due to lower printing costs possible from the sheer number of fans ordering his limited-time offering, the total raised for charity was revised to $500,000, the highest amount Mark has raised in a single charity campaign to date.
Already sitting at 20.1m followers, fans who missed out on the 48-hour window may be disappointed, as Mark does not plan to re-release the calendar for sale. However, Mark will likely continue ‘the weird ways’ he tries to raise money for charity. Mark is already well on his way to raising a million dollars for charity in just six months. Shortly before his European tour, Mark raised over $400,000 for Save the Children in November 2017.