A group consisting of Australian video game journalists and gamers will pick up their controllers this weekend for a marathon event to raise money for the international kid’s charity, Child’s Play.
Playing the successful 2009 release Borderlands developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, the team of over 15 people from some of Australia’s biggest and best news sites (GameArena, AustralianGamer, OXCGN, dlc Live, and more!) have promised to turn on their Xbox consoles and play a minimum 48 consecutive hours of 4 player co-op.
The event will be streamed live online where viewers are encouraged to donate to the Child’s Play Charity and join in the fun through the forums, chat stream, Facebook and Twitter. Joining in on the action will be Australiaâ€™s first video game bar, The Mana Bar, where they will be showing support by displaying the event throughout the venue.
Event Organiser Luke Lawrie has big plans for the viewers, asking for as much support as they can get, â€œwe want the audience to suggest discussion topics, and even make challenges. 2K Games is supporting the event, so weâ€™ve got some cool stuff to give away and a few more surprises in store. This is for a really great cause, and we’re hoping the audience gets into it and gives where they can.â€
The Child’s Play Charity (www.childsplaycharity.org) is a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick kids through donations of toys, games, books and cash benefiting over 70 hospitals globally, including Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Mater Children’s Hospital Brisbane. Since its inception in 2003 the charity has collected over $5 million in donations.
Commencing at 6:00 PM (AEST) Friday 16 July, watch the event live and donate at www.gamearena.com.au/marathon