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Sign up now! GameBlast24, the UK’s biggest annual charity gaming marathon weekend is the event specifically for gamers, to help gamers, via the gamer’s charity. That makes it the best excuse to game EVER!! A big GameBlast24 welcome to the hundreds of amazing people from the gaming community and industry who’ll be supporting the event.

You’ll be raising money for us – SpecialEffect. We’re there for the thousands of people who want to share your passion for video games, but their physical disabilities stop or limit their ability to play any of the titles you’re fanatical about.

People like Athion, whose cerebral palsy makes using a standard games controller difficult. But with the loan of a personalised accessible controller setup devised by our specialist assessment team, he’s now loving playing Mario Kart with his family. The sponsorship you raise through GameBlast24 will help us change the lives of many more people like Athion by bringing the magic and inclusivity of gaming into their lives.


Why does GameBlast matter?

The money you raise will be helping gamers with disabilities find out what they want to play, and exactly what they need to play it. Everyone’s abilities are different so we’ll match, modify or create custom gaming setup loans, and offer lifelong support to cover changing abilities and gaming ambitions. And all at no charge.

Just ask Tiago, who’s gaming without limitations, or find out how Lisa is still in love with gaming after years of our support. Read about how Rodney can now play with his son, and see the impact that the ability to game has had on Bethany and her family.

Below (clockwise from top left): Tiago, Lisa, Bethany and Rodney

montage of a man, a young man, a woman and a girl using adapted gaming controllers.

All of this magic wouldn’t be possible without your help. We also wouldn’t be able to provide accessibility advice through our gameaccess website, we wouldn’t be able to develop ways of playing games just using your eyes, and we wouldn’t be able to help developers across the world to make their games more accessible. It’s YOU that’s making all this truly life-changing difference.

We’re more appreciative than ever for your help in these tough economic times, and GameBlast24 is going to be vitally important in supporting our work in giving people with physical disabilities the lifelong support they need to enjoy video games. So have an AMAZING time, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Find out more about the difference we’re making how we’re making it: take a look at our website or YouTube channel, which features the stories of many fantastic players whose gaming journeys have been kickstarted by YOUR help!



What you said

“My son and I have so much fun playing video games together and we’re lucky that we can. So I just want to help, even if it’s just a little, so that others who aren’t as lucky as us can experience that.” – Sparky and Son.

“We spent 24 hours playing alongside our friends and had a great time whilst making OUR contribution to help SpecialEffect bring gaming to people with disabilities. That’s awesome.” – Nick, Finstock GameBlast

“The most fun I’ve had streaming in a long time.” – Daniel, Coaching for Geeks


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Gameblast News

“It’s cool being able to play the games I played when I was a kid!”

Sunday, October 22nd, 2023

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“It’s like… joy!” Rodney reacts to SpecialEffect’s help

Saturday, November 18th, 2023

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“No matter what MND throws at me, SpecialEffect come up with solutions”

Monday, February 26th, 2024

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“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to game without limitations”

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

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“You’ve made a little boy very happy”

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

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Finding a way for Josh to play

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

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GameBlast24 is here!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

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GameBlast24 signup is live!

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

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Getting David’s adapted setup just right

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

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Grab the perfect mug for GameBlast!

Monday, December 12th, 2022

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Stunning new GameBlast24 pin for 2024!

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

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You’ve raised over £150,000!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

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