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A group of players from Abertay University are taking their hobby to the next level in order to raise cash for those in requirement.

The video-game loving trainees are preparing to drive, shoot and stream their way through a 24-hour gaming marathon, in an effort to raise ₤ 5,000 for 3 Scottish charity.

The online occasion, which could have as numerous as 200 participants, is being organised by the schools Ethical Hacking Society, which is led by its president, Sarah Cunningham.

She said: “Computing, hacking and gaming go hand in hand.

” Even just in our hacking society 90% of us play video games, a lot of us will spend hours a day playing them anyhow due to the pandemic.

” I believe that the pandemic has been hard, so every night of the week I’m sitting playing computer game its assisted me with not having the ability to go out.

” This offers us an opportunity to sit and play video games for an excellent reason.

” We want to reveal that players can use their skills for good by playing games and raising cash for charity.”

The marathon, which will be held on February 26, is not Dundee’s first.

A solo gamer held his own 24-hour marathon last year, and a little group of speakers at Abertay have actually been doing 24-hour marathons for several years, nevertheless they were forced 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 included: “We wished to raise money Alzheimer’s Scotland since that’s what the initial man who first did this years ago desired to do.

” For the other two we chose to look at regional charities which were more pertinent to the pandemic, like the food insecurity network and the kids’ ward.”

Gamers of all sizes and shapes have been welcomed to participate in the marathon, with the team making an effort to arrange occasions for everyone.

While the 24-hour streams will be the focus of the charity event, other little competitions such as a Minecraft structure contest and Rocket League cup are being set up, with prizes being used to the very best rivals.

Sarah added: “We have actually tried to provide as much as possible, but people are pretty much welcome to play whatever they want.

” We have actually got more competitive things like Overwatch and League of Legends, but if people would rather relax that’s great too.”

Any players thinking about handling the difficulty are invited to join the society’s Discord page.

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