Gamers Unite For a Weekend Of Gaming In Aid of Charity

GameBlast17 aims to raise more funds to help people with disabilities enjoy gaming

This weekend, many big-name game developers and publishers are taking part in the UK's largest charity gaming marathon, called GameBlast17. The marathon raises money for a UK-based charity called Special Effect, which helps people with disabilities play video games. This year's event aims to raise £100,000 and runs from Feb 24-Feb 26.

The retailer GAME is the event's flagship partner, and they have been raising money throughout February in their stores. They'll be joined by gaming event managers Multiplay for a 24-hour marathon in which many Guinness World Records will be attempted. There will also be an auction of merchandise donated by companies such as Ubisoft, Sumo Digital, Bethesda, and Wired Productions.

There are lots of other major names in the industry taking part and hosting their own live-streams and marathons -- including Ripstone, Rare, SEGA, and Nomad Games. There are approximately 300 gamers signed up to take part, including a team from the events' chosen fundraising platform, JustGiving.

All streams will be shown on Twitch.

For more information on the charity and the event, you can check out Special Effect or head straight to the GameBlast17 website to see how to get involved and how you can donate.


It all started with an Atari ST and here I am, all these years later, still loving video games! Indie games are where my heart is and where it'll stay. The world of indie video games is ever evolving and such an interesting arena to be a part of!

Published Feb. 23rd 2017

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