Hawthorn star, Fortnite pro win inaugural $100k ‘Stream King’ charity event

AFL star James Cousins and Team Parallel gamer Alex “Alecc” Mackechnie took out the AFL Gamers Network-hosted charity event.

With $100,000 on the line for their respective charities, more than three dozen of the AFL’s most cunning gamers paired up with 41 of the region’s biggest Fortnite content creators to battle it out for glory and a good cause.

Hawthorn superstar James Cousins and Alex “Alecc” Mackechnie won the title of ‘AFL Stream Kings’ after winning the first ever Fortnite charity duo’s tourney on the AFL Gamers Network YouTube Channel.

With 41 of the AFL’s biggest gamers paired up with 41 of Oceania’s famous content creators the stage was set for a massive showdown, with $100k on the line for the players’ respective charities.

Cousins and Mackechnie each won $25,000 for their nominated charities after finishing first, which were the Australian Red Cross and the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation respectively.

Alex “Alecc” Mackechnie said he hopes the event can turn into an annual thing after it’s success: “The AFL Stream King was a fun event to be involved in and it was amazing to be paired up with James Cousins.”

“I’m really pleased with the results and that two amazing charities, Gold Coast Hospital Foundation and [the] Australian Red Cross will benefit from our performance,” the Fortnite star added.

Finishing just behind the winners were Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson and his teammate Nick “SpeedyND” Drum, who earnt $15,000 each for their chosen charities, Heart Kids and Beyond Blue.

Wrapping up the podium positions were West Coast Eagles explosive small forward Jack Petrucelle and Riley “Jynx” Linde, who won $7,500 for each Sane Australia and Lifeline.

Ben Sellenger, AFL Head of Commercial Growth, said the AFL Stream King tournament was a great success. 

“To have 82 players, AFL players and creators alike, come together to play for their respective charities as part of our first partnership with Epic Games is an amazing achievement,” the AFL organiser said after the tournament.

“We’re proud to be able to contribute $100,000 to so many worthy charities through this competition and look forward to hosting future events on the AFL Gamers Network.”


The AFL Gamers Network was launched last month and via their YouTube channel have been broadcasting AFL players competing in a variety of games such as FIFA, Fortnite and Call of Duty.

Live most days and featuring players such as Melbourne duo Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney and St Kilda half back Zak Jones, the channel aims to showcase players in another competitive field whilst the action is limited on the pitch.

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