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GameBlast20: the final countdown

At the end of February, hundreds of gamers all over the UK will be participating in marathon streaming sessions. This isn’t just being done for fun though: we’re all coming together for the GameBlast20 weekend to raise as much funds and awareness as possible for SpecialEffect.

This amazing charity believes everybody should be able to benefit from the joy of gaming. Their aim is to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to join in, through technology such as modified hardware and eye-controlled software. By levelling the playing field in this way, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on confidence and rehabilitation. Read on to find out what we’re doing to support them.

50-day challenge progress

We’ve been streaming live on Twitch for at least an hour every evening since Sunday, 05 January 2020. Our 50-day challenge will take us right up to the official GameBlast20 dates, when we’ll be starting our own 24-hour marathon at 08:00 GMT on Saturday, 22 February 2020. Streaming so frequently has been much more physically-demanding than we ever expected but we’re pushing on: there are still 20 days to go and we’re determined to make it through!

We’ve had plenty of support and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has dropped in on our streams. The people below have been there almost every day and we love them for it – they’ve definitely earned their VIP status on the Later Levels’ channel.

  • Gao Li from Gao Li Occasionally Reviews
  • Jett from In Third Person
  • Dan from nowisgames.com
  • Katie from The Gaming Diaries
  • Tim and Jake from Timlah’s Texts & Unity3D Tech
  • James
  • Phil

  • Fundraising and kind donations

    SpecialEffect is devoted to helping people with severe physical challenges to access technology for fun and social inclusion. They don’t receive any kind of government grant but still provide their one-to-one support completely free of charge: that’s why every donation, no matter how big or small, really helps the charity to continue its work. As explained in our full disclosure statement, all money received via our JustGiving page opposite goes straight to the charity.

    We really appreciate all the support shown for this cause so far. It’s thanks to you awesome lot that we’ve managed to reach almost a third of our £500 target already with several weeks still to to before the main GameBlast event! Much love to the following beautiful people.

  • Will from Geek Sleep Rinse Repeat
  • Jett from In Third Person
  • Ellen from Livid Lightning
  • Tim and Jake from Timlah’s Texts & Unity3D Tech
  • Bryn
  • James
  • The Battletoad

  • Vote for the games you want to see

    Our streaming schedule for the coming week is posted on Twitter and Instagram each Saturday. But what about the schedule for the 24-hour stream? We need your help to figure this out. Pete and I have both selected our favourite options in each of eight genre categories and we’re now competing to see which get the most votes. Make your decisions in the polls here, and the winning games will be what we play on Twitch from 08:00 GMT on 22-23 February 2020.

    Each poll has received roughly 20 votes so far and there are some titles which definitely seem to be moving into first place. There are still a couple of weeks to go before the voting deadline though so everything could change: cast your votes by Thursday, 20 February 2020.

    Thank you again to everyone who has watched, donated and shouted about SpecialEffect! With your support, we can level the playing field and help everybody benefit from the joy of playing video games.

    We’re taking part in GameBlast20 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
    Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
    (*Not guaranteed.)


    Kim View All

    Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

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