Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect have set the countdown clock running for GameBlast16, the UK’s biggest charity gaming weekend.
The event, held over the weekend of 26-28 February, is aiming to raise £150,000 to support the work of SpecialEffect, who help people with disabilities to access and benefit from video games.
Over 200 individuals and teams of gamers from around the world have already signed up to fundraise through their own gaming marathons and gaming events during the three days.
Many major names in the video games industry are backing the event, including GAME, Jagex, Twitch, Multiplay, FACEIT and ukie.
Both GAME and Jagex are planning 24-hour livestream events from their headquarters, with their streams featuring gaming personalities and giveaways. GAME will also be running a number of GameBlast16 fundraising initiatives in their 320 UK stores throughout February.
“GameBlast16 is going to be the biggest yet!” said Dr Mick Donegan, the charity’s CEO. “AND it’s the best excuse to game ever! The funds raised will enable us to help more people like Ben (http://bit.ly/14Chyt3), who never thought he’d be able to play video games again because his weakening condition stopped him using a standard controller.”
“GameBlast16 is an opportunity to bring together people to do what they love and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time.”
“There’s still time to get fully involved, and we’re inviting everyone from the global gaming community and industry to join us.”
More details about GameBlast16, including registration pages, can be found at http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast