Add a "Charity" button to Twitch. Put an end to charity fraud.
Charity streams and fundraisers in which viewers are induced to Subscribe to a channel, or send a lump-sum payment directly to a Broadcaster's PayPal, unnecessarily expose streamers to liability and viewers to fraud. This practice is for the most part largely unregulated on Twitch. If Twitch is not going to moderate this practice, then I implore them to create alternative, legitimate tools for Broadcasters who wish to raise money for charity.
My suggestion is to introduce a "Charity" button similar to the "Subscribe" button, with all money going directly to a designated registered charity. This could be a page hosted on Twitch similar to the Subscription page, or a direct link to an official DonorDrive page for the registered charity. Ideally, it would be possible for this process to hook into the Twitch API in some way, so that streaming tools could be written that track viewer contributions in the same way that they already do for Subscriptions.
There are many reasons why such a tool would be of benefit to Twitch, its community and charities. I feel that it would also quash potential fraud and further legitimize Twitch as a platform for charitable causes in gaming.
I posted this suggestion on the r/Twitch and you can read some of the existing feedback here: http://www.reddit.com/r/Twitch/comments/4e12i4
I can see this working very well in the long run if this is implemented :)
As a person who would love to possibly do charity streams in the future and who works with a charity streamer, I think that this would be a great idea.
Firstly, it would make it much easier on streamers who want to track money for their charitable causes. Donate directly to the charity and you do not have a hand on a single cent of that money. No chance for it to get lost and no chance for something to happen to it, either because of a bad streamer or an exterior event. Likewise, you have a tracker, much like the sub/donation/bit metrics, that tells you how much money you raised for charity on a monthly basis.
Secondly, for those that do charity and take that money from their subs/donations/bits paycheck, it allows streamers to fully separate the money that they get from their viewers and take more of it home, especially if this is their full time job.
Idk, this kinda seems a bit much. If you are worried about a streamer running off with the money you wanted to donate to charity then why don't you just donate to the charity and not the charity stream? There you go problem averted.
Patrick Faith Holt commented
This is probably the best Twitch suggestion I've ever seen. I've heard too many stories of people fund raising for charity, and then actually end up running with the money, a long with some other scams that I won't mention.
I think this is definitely a MUST have for Twitch.
Twitch changed from a niche company to a true new media company when Amazon acquired them.
I would like to see the large corporate entity that Amazon is allow its content creators to give back to the world through asking for support for any legitimate cause that appeals to them. As a consumer of the content, I would like Amazon to assist in protecting myself and my fellow consumers from scams.
Mai Clement commented
As a charity streamer, this would make my life SO much easier.