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Gamely Giving: October 2015 update

We’re encouraging everyone to join in with the next GameBlast event for SpecialEffect. Read on to find out what we’ve been up to over the past month and how you can join the Gamely Giving team.



Kim says…

At the beginning of September 2015, we announced that we’re continuing our support for SpecialEffect by taking part in their next GameBlast event. The charity aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them play video games, using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control systems. It might sound like a small thing but levelling the playing field in this way has a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation – and what’s more, the team do all of this amazing work free of charge.

We’ve decided that we’re going big for the GameBlast gaming marathon in February 2016: not only are we aiming to complete a full-on forty-eight hour challenge instead of the usual twenty-four hour period, but we want to be a part of as big a group as possible whilst doing so. Read on to find out what the Gamely Giving team have been up to over the past month and how you can get on-board.



The Gamely Giving team

Last month we revealed that the following lovely people had already signed up to be a part of Gamely Giving:

  • Tim from GeekOut South-West
  • James from Indie-Love.com
  • Nathan from The life and times in Nathan’s mind
  • Kevin from The Mental Attic
  • Pete, friend and designer
  • Ethan, our Sunday morning streamer
  • And of course: Ben, Kim and Phil from 1001Up
  • We’re now very happy to announce that we have two more willing participants, increasing the size of our group to eleven:

  • Jamie from Caiminds, whom we met whilst at EGX 2015
  • Isaac, Ben’s son and partner-in-crime
  • Whether you’re a blogger, YouTuber, streamer, developer or a gamer who wants to take part in one awesome weekend from 26 to 28 February 2015, everyone is welcome to be a part of the Gamely Giving team. If you’re interested in joining, please get in touch using the details at the bottom of this article and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

    GameBlast 2016 format and competitions

    We’re still working out the finer details for the GameBlast 2016 event, but ultimately it will involve using a central Twitch channel and taking turns to stream to this to cover the forty-eight hour period. That means you’ll be able to join in with Gamely Giving from the comfort of your own home and have the perfect excuse to play video games for an entire weekend – while feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, knowing you’re helping an extremely worthwhile cause.

    EGX, event, expo, video games, SpecialEffect

    To increase our changes of hitting our fundraising target, we’re organising for a number of competitions to take place during the event so our gorgeous viewers get the opportunity to win some excellent video games. Have you received a Steam key for an unwanted title or have a Humble Bundle lying around that you’re willing to donate? Then we’d be really grateful if you’d consider sending them our way using the email address below, and we can put them to a good cause by using them as a prize in our GameBlast contests.

    And it’s not just through video games that we’re looking to support SpecialEffect: several Gamely Giving members are organising other events for the charity too. A book sale and cake competition will be taking place in a participant’s workplace in the near future, and a couple of others are organising a pub quiz for November 2015. If you don’t fancy taking part in the GameBlast marathon itself, there are hundreds of other ways in which you can show your support and be a part of the Gamely Giving team.

    What’s next?

    The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast event will help SpecialEffect change the lives of many more people by bringing the fun and inclusion of gaming back. It will let them visit individuals to find out exactly what they want to play and then match, modify or create equipment to lend to them at no cost. And the money won’t be wasted: last year around 90% of donations when directly to the charity’s frontline work, while the other 10% kept them running so they could continue doing what they do best.

    If you’re interested in joining our group, please get in touch using the following details. We’ll also publish regular updates on Gamely Giving’s progress over the next couple of months – with the next coming at the beginning of November – so keep an eye out on the site.

  • Email:   GamelyGiving@1001Up.com
  • Twitter:   @1001Up
  • Just Giving:   Gamely Giving
  • If you’d like to find out more about SpecialEffect, you can take a look at our interview with Mark Saville or head over to their website. You can also get in touch with Mark, Nick and Barry at info@specialeffect.org.uk or on 01608 810 055.

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