GameBlast18, the annual charity games weekend organised by and in aid of SpecialEffect, raised a record total in excess of £220,000.
SpecialEffect, which helps people with physical disabilities to play games (often by creating custom hardware and software), oversaw a programme of gaming marathons and games-themed events across the UK, over the weekend of 23 to 25 February. Many of the UK games industry’s biggest names participated, including Jagex, GAME, Multiplay, Twitch, Insert Coin and Ukie, along with many e-sports teams, streamers and studios.
RuneScape developer/publisher Jagex alone raised over £100,000, hosting a “Livestream of gaming, chaos and gruelling challenges broadcast live” from its Cambridge headquarters. GAME and Multiplay brought GameBlast to the high streets, together raising over £41,000.
Tom Donegan, SpecialEffect’s Events Coordinator, said: “It’s an incredibly humbling total. We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of everyone involved, and to have the support of such a huge number of gamers is a massive boost to our team. As a result of their generosity, many hundreds more people will be able to enjoy the magic of videogames for many years.”
The total of £220,000 is the most the event has raised in its five-year history, and the dates for 2019’s GameBlast have been announced as 22 to 24 February. You can still make donations to GameBlast18 via the official website.