SpecialEffect's GameBlast Smashes Record


Gamers Come Together To Break Fundraising Record

In February gamers from all over the world raised a record breaking sum of money for those with physical disabilities, in order to help them experience the fun of video games.


On the weekend of February 20-22nd gamers from across the world raised a whopping £120,000 for charitable organization SpecialEffect. Along with gaming marathons lasting up to 48 hours the charitable event ,known as GameBlast, was backed by a number of notable companies from within the industry. Among over 50 games companies that endorsed the fundraiser were GAME, KING, SEGA and Twitch.

The £150,000 raised in 2015 dwarfs the £70,000 raised in 2014's GameBlast, and comes as a huge accomplishment for SpecialEffect and all those involved in the weekend long appeal. The CEO of SpecialEffect, Mick Donegan thanked both donors and participants,

“We are genuinely blown away by the huge amount of support that we’ve had from gamers and the gaming industry all over the world. Everyone who contributed will make a massive difference, changing the lives of hundreds of people with disabilities who can only watch everyone else experience the many benefits of video games. A huge, heartfelt thank you from all the SpecialEffect team.”

As for the largest industry fundraiser Jatex, publishers of RuneScape, came in the lead with their 24-hour marathon raising £50,000.

The largest amount raised by a single fundraiser came from SpecialEffect Vice President Kate Russel who raised £12,000 for the event.

GameBlast is back next year on February the 26-28th.
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