Gaming for hours on end is certainly a lot of fun, but in the eyes of the rest of the world it’s not necessarily an appealing way to spend your time. If you’re tired of getting that judgmental look every time you tell someone you spent the evening playing video games, maybe you should turn your hobby into a way to help a charity!
Organizations That Give Gamers Hero Status
Many organizations have poured time and effort into gaming for charity. You can be the hero in both the game and in real life just by getting involved. Here are some of the primary groups devoted to this excellent activity.
Extra Life: In an effort to raise money for hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network, this group hosts regular events in which gamers unite to compete in a 24-hour gaming marathon. Each gamer brings a donation, and spectators contribute as well, which could result in a healthy total in donations credited to you.
Games Done Quick: This company that speeds up the playing time of games holds events throughout the year, often collecting donations for an entire week as various gamers cycle through to play 24/7. Recently, the firm raised more than $1.2 million for Doctors Without Borders, which anyone would agree is a worthy cause.
The AbleGamers Foundation: This organization is devoted to making life a little easier and more rewarding for people with disabilities. The members seek to find ways to make gaming more accessible to the disabled, and they host 24-hour live play events to raise money for this cause.
St. Jude Play Live: Whether they play solo or in teams, gamers donate according to their playing time during a 24-hour gaming marathon. The longer they play, the more they donate for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
#SmashTheRecord: This event began when renowned player Jason “Gahtzu” Diehl broke the world record for the “Longest Video Games Marathon Playing a Fighting Game.” He played for 72 hours straight! During the event, he raised $14,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This has become its own annual event since then; in 2015, players raised $50,627 for St. Jude.
HumbleBundle: If you’re not a gamer who’s into 24-hour marathons, this digital store is set up so you can donate to charity every time you purchase a game. For every purchase made, 10 percent goes to charity.
How You Can Get Involved
These kinds of events happen all the time. If you’re interested in getting involved, it’s not difficult to contact one of the above organizations to find out when the next events are happening and if there are any new events near you.
You could also take the initiative and begin a gaming-for-charity event on your own. With the right advertising, a group of friends, and a charity crowdfunding account, you and the other gamers in your community can enjoy an all-night event while helping out a great cause of your choosing.
There’s nothing that beats the feeling of knowing you’ve helped someone else by doing something you love. With every donation made for charity, you’ll find yourself leveling up to full-blown hero status.