Train2Game News Jagex GameBlast Success

SpecialEffect’s GameBlast saw RuneScape developers take part in a variety of ridiculous activities live on Twitch.

The inaugural GameBlast Games, held over a 24-hour period at Jagex’s Cambridge headquarters, has successfully raised over £100,000 ($125,000) for the charity, SpecialEffect.

Taking place from 12 noon on Friday 23rd February, the fundraiser was watched by more than 340,000 unique viewers on the RuneScape Twitch channel. The money raised by the event, held as part of the annual GameBlast18 fundraising weekend, will help SpecialEffect in their mission to make videogames accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Watch the highlights video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEhETmfUibA .

The RuneScape and Old School RuneScape player communities helped raise funds by purchasing GameBlast-themed cosmetic items, while Twitch viewers could also directly donate to the studio’s JustGiving page, and bid on gaming swag and experiences in an online auction.

A mix of gaming, gruelling – and disgusting – challenges and utter chaos, the marathon GameBlast Games saw three teams of staff and influencers compete in 3-a-side office chair football, budget robot battles, and drinking smoothies with a mixture of vile ingredients. Joining in the fun with Jagex were fellow games studios Frontier Developments, Codemasters and Slingshot Cartel, as well as peripherals producer, Razer, and esports teamwear designers, Raven.

Neil McClarty, VP of Product Management, Jagex, said:

“It was fantastic to once again host a GameBlast fundraising live stream for SpecialEffect, the staff always get stuck into taking part and helping raise money for what is an amazing and extraordinary cause. Many thanks to Codemasters, Frontier Developments, Razer, and our other industry friends, who came along to help take part during the 24 hours. This year was our most ambitious yet with The GameBlast Games, and having raised over £100,000 in such a short amount of time we just want to thank our incredible RuneScape communities for their generosity.”

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect, said:

“Once again we’ve been completely blown away by the generosity of the Jagex and the wonderful RuneScape communities. The money raised will enable us to make an immense and immediate impact on the lives of many more disabled people by enabling them to play mainstream video games. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in this incredible event.”

Train2Game News GameBlast16 almost here

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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