Ryan Brown is a twenty-one-year-old senior at Central Michigan University where he studies Psychology and Law. However, those watching him on Twitch and YouTube know him as Gortek, a fun-loving, energetic streamer and YouTube persona that hit the virtual stage in 2019. He began by uploading videos and vlogs on his YouTube channel. Then he began streaming on Twitch in 2020, as well as playing on his university’s collegiate eSports team.
Brown and Gortek: Two Sides of the Same Coin
The name Gortek originated from his World of Warcraft character designed specifically for trolling within the game. However, that persona grew into an outlet for Brown where he could let loose, be his goofiest self, and have fun.
“Who I am right now is who people see me as off-stream. But Gortek – that’s who I want to be,” Brown explained. “I really strive to be more and more like that Gortek persona in my everyday life because I want to be okay and be comfortable just being myself, and not really caring what other people think as long as like I’m having fun. So that’s kind of the goal – to have those two [personalities] merge into one.”
When asked what inspired him to join the innumerable ranks of Twitch and YouTube content creators, Brown said, “Video games were kind of that thing that I always felt comfortable with. It was always my escape from the world.”
That escape became a vehicle for charity – and change – as he began to pivot his hobby into a resource for funding various causes.
Gortek Dives into Charity Streaming
While relatively new to the streaming scene, Gortek has managed to hit the ground running in terms of charity work. His first charity stream in March 2020 raised $500 to help save koalas after the bushfire crisis that left many of Australia’s beloved creatures wounded and without a home. Soon after, he conducted an impromptu charity stream to help support Gamers Outreach Foundation, which raised a whopping $2,600.
As he “rode the high” of a successful charity event with Gamers Outreach Foundation, viewers began dropping names and links to other charity organizations in the chat that he could support in the future. Among them was Dreamscape Foundation. Brown and his stream team took the time to explore Dreamscape’s mission before coming to the consensus that it was a cause worth supporting.
“I really enjoy and can appreciate what you guys are trying to do,” he said. “It’s something I would just love to be a part of, and I’d love to help out where I can.
Thus, Brown and his team began gearing up for a new fundraising event in support of Dreamscape Foundation’s mission.
Gortek Aims to Raise $1,000 for Dreamscape Foundation on June 12
On Saturday, June 12, 2020, Gortek will stream from 10:00am to 10:00pm EST via his Twitch channel in a 12-hour fundraising extravaganza.
“For this stream, it’s going to be myself and my friend, Michael (Ambush) streaming towards the same [$1,000] goal,” Brown said. “But there’s a lot of people that are behind the scenes. My family, they’re always on and down to jump in and play some games with us. My buddy, Sam, is super supportive. And there’s a lot of people that are going on behind the scenes and doing all the fun stuff. When people donate $20 and we get pied in the face, somebody’s got to do that. [Those people help orchestrate the little details so] we can focus on raising the money and making the content. They’re amazing and we couldn’t do without them.”
Tune in to join Gortek, his team, and his feline mascot, Marcel, as they play video games and rally viewers to help raise funds for Dreamscape Foundation’s mission.« PreviousNext »