In November every year, awesome people converge to game during a 24-hour period known as Game Day. Not only do they get to play games of all kinds, but they also get to raise money to help out sick and injured kids. The movement behind this combination of playing games and raising money for a good cause? Its name is Extra Life.
Full disclosure: I am a volunteer with the Twin Cities Extra Life guild. Learn more about what they are up to and how to get involved by visiting their Facebook page.
Simply put, “Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.” Game Day is the day when Extra Life volunteers organize and come together for a fundraising marathon that typically lasts 24 hours. That day this year is November 3, 2018. Participants raise funds in a whole manner of ways—some take the challenge and stream for the whole 24 hours, others organize events. The limits really are up to each individual.
Sound like a great cause? Want to get involved? We’ve got you covered. Below are some ways to participate on a local scale with Minnesota organizations, streamers, events, and more.
The Minnesota-based Mega Dads blog and podcast covers the intersection of parenthood and gaming—a combination that of course leaves its hosts with absolutely abundant free time. On November 3, Mega Dads John Wahl and Adam Leonhardt will be livestreaming from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., playing Rock Band 4, Overcooked 2, Fortnite, and “a bunch of games with friends in the Mega Dads Community.”
For every $5 donation, participants will be entered in to win some loaded prize bundles from Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Also, the Mega Dads will be holding a rummage sale to accompany their fundraising with all proceeds going to Extra Life. Click here for more details and find their Extra Life live stream here.
Here’s our complete Extra Life schedule and where to watch us!
Don’t forget we’re also giving away over $1,000 in prizes and have special items up for grabs on Gameday. Find everything HERE 👇#ForTheKids https://t.co/8LkDPhCJgPhttps://t.co/lb4I0Ijgy9https://t.co/j9HMqZfVoA pic.twitter.com/Jnfj5IiKRG
— Mega Dads 🎮 #ExtraLife2018 (@megadadsblog) November 1, 2018
Highlander Games will host a whole bunch of events for its Game Day festivities. Head to the Country Inn and Suites in Coon Rapids for 24-hour gaming streams, eight-player Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon tournaments, a charity raffle, food, demos, and more!
Learn more about this event by heading to the Facebook event page.
Weirdcards Charitable Club
Weirdcards Charitable Club was started by a group of gamers that formed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Each month, the group raises money for local causes. For Extra Life 2018 they are hosting 24 hours of Magic: The Gathering, Wii U games, tabletop games, and board games. Their event runs from November 2 to November 3 and takes place at D6 Games in Rochester. Find more info here.
Across multiple states and offices, digital business consultancy company the Nerdery will host events to raise money for hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network. Locally, the office in Bloomington will host patients of Gillette Children’s and their families during their day-long event where employees/fundraisers will be playing various games to raise money.
The public is welcome from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday to view VR, AR, and Microsoft technologies. Find streams, the team’s donation page, and more details by heading to their fundraising site.
— Nerdery Foundation (@nerd_found) November 2, 2017
Did you know that fundraising for Extra Life isn’t limited to Game Day? You can raise funds all year long, and Last Geek will be doing just that.
Last Geek creates content from podcasts to streams, and they have 24 hours of activities planned starting at 6:00 a.m. on November 10. Streamer Bryce Mills will be playing games, completing challenges, and getting into all sort of shenanigans to help the kids. Find the stream here.
Twin Cities magazine Game Informer will be back in 2018 for another round of “25 hours of insanity.” Support their effort to raise $75,000 by tuning in to their festivities via streaming starting at 8:00 a.m. on November 3.
Some other local streamers participating in Game Day:
- Darkwulf3 will host their stream on Twitch with the goal of raising $750.
- Employees at Minneapolis-based software company Calabrio will host game streams of Left 4 Dead, Smash Bros., and Rocket League to raise $10,000 for the kids.
- Phoenix Down Radio will stream for 24 hours starting at 9:00 a.m.
- DarthLupe30 will be streaming games to raise funds.
These are just a few of the events that are happening on November 3. Find more local participants by browsing the Minnesota fundraisers on the Extra Life website.
If you are participating in Game Day this year, we would love to know! Leave us a comment down below.