When you ask someone what they think of when they think of a gamer you’ll get a lot of answers, some good and some more in the region of cave-dwelling WoW creature. However, one thing you’re not likely to hear is ‘charitable’, but too bad stereotype cos I got news for you, gamers are charitable. Just over a million US dollars charitable.
Through the Extra Life 24 hour charity gaming marathon gamers could do what they loved – gaming – and help out kids in hospital with donations going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Extra Life was held on October 15 and was organized by Jeromy Adams and Sarcastic Gamer. This year the event attracted over $20,000 USD from Razer, who pledged $100 for every employee that signed up.
Razer weren’t the only gaming community signing up though, with top StarCraft II team SlayerS and WoW team Manaflask among the many generous donators. It’s awesome to get these high profile gamers donating their time and money to such an awesome cause.
Robert ‘Razerguy’ Krakoff, the president of Razer USA said:
“This is a story that won’t be forgotten. When someone asks what good can games do, we tell them how gamers around the world came together and raised over a million dollars for children in need. We tell them that gamers are a force to be reckoned with, a global community that’s closer than ever, uninhibited by geography, culture or race, brought together by a unified love for games. A community that is capable of rallying around a cause for the good of the world. And I’m also proud of all the people who work at Razer, proud that they wake up every day to fight the good fight through what they all do best – gaming.”
Even though the event is over, you can still donate or participate any day until November 15. So if you’re looking for an excuse to play Battlefield or COD (when it comes out) all night without getting nagged, this is perfect!