Update: 10:37 on 01 March 2018:
It’s with regret that we must announce a postponement to our upcoming GameBlast18 marathon stream for SpecialEffect, due to events outside our control. Please take a look at this post for further information.
Original post: 06:00 on 26 February 2018:
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Later Levels and friends to battle sleep in 24-hour charity challenge
Later Levels and friends are gearing up to burn the midnight oil from 03 to 04 March 2018 to raise money for gamers with physical disabilities.
They’ll be playing video games continuously for 24-hours as part of GameBlast, the UK’s biggest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise £400 for SpecialEffect. This amazing charity uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of games.
The team are asking people to help them raise awareness for the organisation and reach their donation target by sponsoring them via their online fundraising page.
“SpecialEffect makes it possible for everyone to play the video games we enjoy and take for granted through assessment and equipment modification,” said Nathan, a Later Levels’ streamer. “We believe in the positive power of gaming, and GameBlast gives us a chance to put this belief into action by showing our support for the charity.”
Despite being unable to participate during the official dates of 23-25 February 2018 due to existing commitments, the team have plenty planned for the following weekend. Their schedule – full details of which can be found on their Twitch channel – includes an RPG section in honour of the Year of the RPG project hosted by AmbiGaming, along with an hourly discussion topic sponsored by A Geeky Gal.
“Playing for 24-hours is a big challenge but we’re asking gamers to attempt it to help the thousands of people who, because of a disability, can only sit and watch others have all the fun with family and friends,” said Tom Donegan, SpecialEffect’s Events Organiser. “GameBlast is an opportunity for people to do what they love best and level the playing field for those with disabilities at the same time.”
The charity is inviting teams of friends, family members and work colleagues to join the event, which has been likened to a ‘Children in Need for gamers’. It’s backed by big names in the industry such as GAME, Twitch and Jagex, and aims to raise £100,000.
“Later Levels’s efforts will help people like John, who never thought he’d be able to play video games again because his muscular dystrophy stopped him using a controller,” continued Tom. “The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast weekend will change the lives of many more people through the gift of gaming fun and inclusivity.”
Anyone can sponsor the team online via their JustGiving page and watch them live from 08:00 GMT on Saturday, 03 March 2018 on their Twitch channel. More details about the GameBlast event can be found on the official website.
SpecialEffect is an award-winning charity that helps people with disabilities to benefit from the fun, rehabilitation and therapy of video games. They support people of all ages through assessments, equipment loans and equipment modifications.
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