DUST 514 Open Beta Kicks Off with a 24-hour Charity Livestream

Massively multiplayer shooter DUST 514 was linked to the EVE Online universe last week and now the PS3 title is open for all to try out. In an effort to raise money for the charity Child's Play, players are streaming their battles constantly for 24 hours.

Massively multiplayer shooter DUST 514 was linked to the EVE Online universe last week and now the PS3 title is open for all to try out. In an effort to raise money for the charity Child's Play, players are streaming their battles constantly for 24 hours.
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EVE Online‘s massively multiplayer universe of New Eden just got bigger and a charity event held by players is a big-hearted way to celebrate.

As of 1300 GMT on the 22nd of January 2013, CCP Games‘ pioneering cross-platform free-to-play shooter, DUST 514, entered Open Beta. Every Playstation 3 owner can now freely download and engage in sci-fi battles which can influence the territories held in the ongoing conflicts on EVE Online.

The Open Beta also sees the end of the Non-Disclosure Agreement that was in place for all beta testers, but no screenshots or video from prior to the Open Beta can be used.

Fear not, a group of players have organised a charity event which will enable you to see the game in action and give you the opportunity to donate to Child’s Play.

“DUST 514 players from a many different corps will be taking part in a live streamed, 24 hour dust 514 marathon to raise money for the charity Child’s Play, who bring hospitalised children across the world joy through the magic of video games.”

Below is one of the Twitch.tv livestreams, but if it’s dark because the player has gone offline, try the DUST514 4 Kids site for links to one of the other streams. After all, we can’t expect poor old Grideris to manage the whole 24-hour period alone, super-soldier or not.

[Edit: Feed changed to Jenza Aranda] Watch live video from jenza514 on www.twitch.tv

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Broken paramedic and coffee-drinking Englishman whose favourite dumb animal is an oxymoron. After over a decade of humping and dumping the fat and the dead, my lower spine did things normally reserved for Rubik's cubes, bringing my career as a medical clinician to an unexpectedly early end. Fortunately, my real passion is in writing and given that I'm now highly qualified in the art of sitting down, I have the time to pursue it. Having blogged about video games (well, mostly EVE Online) for years, I hope to channel my enjoyment of wordcraft and my hobby of gaming into one handy new career that doesn't involve other people's vomit.