SpecialEffect has announced that One Special Day, one of the UK games industry’s biggest charity fundraisers, will return on Friday 4 October 2019.
The much-loved, pioneering charity, which enables severely disabled people to play videogames, revealed that: “Over 50 partners from across the games industry including Sega, Codemasters, Jagex and Zynga, will be rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in the event, which promises to be the biggest yet. Many companies will be donating a day of their income from game sales whilst others will stage their own fundraising events.”
Dr Mick Donegan, CEO and Founder of SpecialEffect, said: “We’re overjoyed with the response again this year and very grateful to our One Special Day partners. The day unites the worldwide games industry and their fantastic communities of gamers because they all understand what incredible work we’re doing here. SpecialEffect has a profoundly positive impact on the lives of disabled gamers and events like One Special Day play a huge role in enabling us to reach more in the coming year.”
SpecialEffect added that other companies that have signed up for One Special Day 2019 include Rocksteady, Space Ape, Miniclip, Seriously, Outfit7 and Rare Software. Craig Duncan, Rare Studio Head, said “Because of their unique work, SpecialEffect hold a special place in our heart, and indeed the whole of the video games industry, so we’re looking forward to making One Special Day 2019 the biggest so far.”
Rich Eddy, Director of Communications at Jagex, said: “Our RuneScape community has celebrated SpecialEffect’s incredible work for many years, so there was no question that Jagex would be a proud supporter of this year’s event and play a big part in One Special Day. By putting the fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities to play video games, the work of SpecialEffect really levels the playing field.”
The first One Special Day took place in 2016 and since then, the annual event has raised over £900,000. All the funds raised from One Special Day go towards supporting SpecialEffect’s work, which involves creating hardware and software that empowers disabled gamers around the world to play games, no matter how sever their disabilities.