Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of people from the gaming community and industry this weekend. Gamers worldwide will be taking part in its annual GameBlast challenge this coming weekend, 25-27 February.
With face-to-face fundraising severely restricted over the last two years due to the pandemic, GameBlast takes on a vital role. It will be a major source of funding for the charity’s work, helping people with physical disabilities enjoy video games.
Heralded as ‘the best excuse to game ever,’ the GameBlast weekend will see hundreds of gamers take on sponsored fundraising gaming-themed challenges of their own design. These include marathon livestreams, speed runs, pub quizzes, and fitness challenges. The event has raised over £1m over the past seven years. This has helped the charity create custom control setups for disabled gamers. It has also enabled collaboration with the gaming industry to make their games more accessible.
SEGA to Support GameBlast Once Again
But individual gamers and creators won’t be the only one’s gaming hard over the weekend. Many names in the games industry will also be supporting or taking part in the event. These include SEGA, Corsair, Coatsink, and many others.
The SEGA community has a team of over 60 streamers participating. Marta Camilo, Digital Design Manager at SEGA Europe from SEGA said “I love taking part in GameBlast as a streamer. It’s so thrilling, the energy is always positive and everyone, from viewers to streamers and industry, unite for a cause they care about.”
SpecialEffect’s Tom Donegan commented: “GameBlast is so close to our hearts here at SpecialEffect because it’s all about gamers coming together to help their fellow gamers. The range of challenges streamers take up to support the charity is always such a joy to see and it’s a real feel-good weekend from start to finish! A huge thank you to everyone taking part and we hope they all have a fantastic time while raising vital funds.”
Check out the streams and fundraising events happening throughout the GameBlast weekend at https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast and get the latest updates at https://twitter.com/GameBlast
SpecialEffect is an award-winning UK charity helping to improve the lives of disabled people across the globe through the innovative use of technology. At the core of this mission is providing greater inclusion through the opportunity to play video games to the best of their abilities.
“Video games are great. I should know, I’ve played some.”
Olly S, July 2020