Abertay gamers handle 24-hour marathon to raise money for charity
A group of players from Abertay University are taking their hobby to the next level in order to raise cash for those in need.
The video-game loving trainees are planning to drive, shoot and stream their way through a 24-hour gaming marathon, in an effort to raise ₤ 5,000 for three Scottish charities.
The online event, which might have as numerous as 200 individuals, is being arranged by the schools Ethical Hacking Society, which is led by its president, Sarah Cunningham.
She said: “Computing, hacking and gaming work together.
” Even simply in our hacking society 90% people play games, a great deal of us will invest hours a day playing them anyhow due to the pandemic.
” I think that the pandemic has been hard, so every night of the week I’m sitting playing video games its assisted me with not being able to head out.
” This offers us an opportunity to sit and play computer game for a good factor.
” We wish to reveal that gamers can utilize their abilities for good by playing video games and raising cash for charity.”
The marathon, which will be hung on February 26, is not Dundee’s first.
A solo gamer held his own 24-hour marathon in 2015, and a small group of lecturers at Abertay have actually been doing 24-hour marathons for years, however they were required to cancel in 2020 due to Covid.
All the cash raised from the marathon will go to three charities – Alzheimer’s Scotland, Dundee Food Insecurity Network and Ninewells Kid’s Ward – with organisers attempting to keep the funds as regional as possible.
The 21-year-old trainee added: “We wished to raise cash Alzheimer’s Scotland since that’s what the original person who initially did this years ago desired to do.
” For the other 2 we chose to look at regional charities which were more relevant to the pandemic, like the food insecurity network and the kids’ ward.”
Players of all shapes and sizes have actually been welcomed to take part in the marathon, with the group making an effort to organize occasions for everybody.
While the 24-hour streams will be the focus of the charity event, other small tournaments such as a Minecraft building contest and Rocket League cup are being set up, with rewards being used to the very best competitors.
Sarah added: “We have actually tried to offer as much as possible, but people are basically welcome to play whatever they want.
” We have actually got more competitive things like Overwatch and League of Legends, however if individuals would rather unwind that’s great too.”
Any players thinking about taking on the obstacle are welcomed to join the society’s Discord page.
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