Gamer’s Charity Launch UK-Wide 24-hour Video Game Marathon Weekend

/ 6 years ago


Gamer’s charity SpecialEffect today launched their GameBlast weekend, where people of all ages across the UK are invited to play video game marathons to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of games.

The charity is calling for teams of friends, family members or work colleagues to sign up to undertake their own sponsored marathons, which can last up to 24 hours, anytime during the weekend of 21-23 February 2014.

“It’s an opportunity for people to do what they love best, and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time,” said Mark Saville, the charity’s Communications Officer.

“Playing for 24 hours is a pretty big challenge, but we’re asking people to attempt it to help the thousands of people who want to share their passion, but can’t join in because of a disability.”

“People like Sam, who could only watch his friends and family enjoy the Xbox because his cerebral palsy prevented him from using a controller. The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast marathons will change the quality of life of many more people like Sam by bringing the fun and inclusivity of gaming into their lives.”

“It’s going to be an incredible weekend. They’ll be incentives and giveaways, and every team who registers will be entered into a complimentary draw for gaming goodies. We’ll also be running our own marathon from Gameblast HQ, and keeping the world updated with progress from all the teams.”

We’ve seen first hand the work that Special Effect have been doing, as well as some of the innovative and easy to use devices they have created to allow people of all ages to enjoy the games their love, despite and injuries or disabilities that would normally prevent them from doing so. If you want to help people enjoy the benefits of gaming it is well worth checking out Special Effect in general and not just for the sake of the gaming marathon.

Teams and individuals can sign up for the Gameblast weekend here.

Thank you Special Effect for providing us with this information.

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