For the third consecutive year, members of the editorial team here at Power Up Gaming are set to take part in gameplay marathons to raise money for the BBC’s annual Children In Need appeal.
This year, the CIN extravaganza took place on Friday, November 14, with people up and down the country getting involved in their own fundraising efforts in support of the charity. A remarkable £32 million was raised on show night alone, with charitable events continuing. Due to personal commitments, Power Up Gaming staff had to delay our own activities by a week; with our endurance gaming sessions now set to take place this weekend, between Friday (November 21) and Sunday (November 23).
BBC Children in Need, a cause close to our hearts, funds projects working with children and young people aged 18 and under in the UK who are experiencing disadvantage in life.
Power Up Gaming co-founders Chris Mawson and Chris Needham will be continuing their tradition of taking part in a 24-hour gaming marathon, which will take place between 10am Saturday and 10am Sunday GMT. This year, they’ll be joined by staff writer Scott Russell, who will be playing Far Cry 4 throughout Friday and well into Saturday. Associate editor Austin Flynn will also be participating in his own endurance play session of the new Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U, tentatively scheduled to take place between 2pm Friday and 2pm Saturday CST (8pm GMT).
The rules for the Chris’ marathon are simple: For every hour they play, they’ll bank a 10-minute break to use whenever they like. For example, play for three hours and they’ll get a 30-minute break to relax their trigger finger. The pair are collecting standard donations via their campaign page. Austin, meanwhile, will donate 25 cents for every online match he loses, and requests that his sponsors donate 10 cents for every game he wins. Anyone who wishes to back Austin should check out his Facebook event page for further details.
As with last year, we’re going to be streaming the full event live on our official Twitch channel. Please donate any amount you can, big or small, to this fantastic charity and help support us, via our JustGiving campaign page. In recent years, we’ve raised an accumulated total of over £700, and will be hoping to match that target this year alone.
For a taster of what to expect this weekend, you can view our highlight reel of last year’s event below:
The finishing touches are currently being added to the schedule of titles to be played during the marathon, which can be found below:
In terms of incentives, we’ll do our best to give a shout out to anybody that donates during the stream. We’ll also be posting up our gaming schedule in the near future where anybody that donates can play with us on a first come, first served basis.
For any businesses that would like to show their support by making a donation, as a thank you from us, we’re willing to put an advertising banner for your company on our stream page. Additionally, any independent or mainstream gaming developers that would like to send us a game to play during the event are welcome to do so. We’ll also accompany our coverage with an advert on the stream for the time we play the game – which will be a minimum of one hour.
Any sponsors will also be mentioned in our final write-up after the event.
We’re planning a host of competitions and prize giveaways in the run-up to the marathon as well as during the event itself, so please keep checking back here at Power Up Gaming for further information.
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