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07 Mar 2018

Jagex GameBlast Games raises over £100k

Stunning news from Jagex today who announced that they and their RuneScape communities raised over £100,000 ($125,000) during our annual GameBlast18 fundraising weekend recently.

Jagex's 24-hour GameBlast Games, streamed live on Twitch from their Cambridge headquarters, saw RuneScape developers take part in a variety of ridiculous activities live on Twitch.

Taking place from 12 noon on Friday 23 February, the fundraiser was watched by more than 340,000 unique viewers on the RuneScape Twitch channel. The money raised by the event will help us make video games more accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Below: Highlights of the GameBlast Games. Bonkers.

The RuneScape and Old School RuneScape player communities helped raise funds by purchasing GameBlast-themed cosmetic items, while Twitch viewers could also directly donate to the studio’s JustGiving page, and bid on gaming swag and experiences in an online auction.

A mix of gaming, gruelling – and disgusting – challenges and utter chaos, the marathon GameBlast Games saw three teams compete in 3-a-side office chair football, budget robot battles, and drinking smoothies with a mixture of vile ingredients. Joining in the fun with Jagex were fellow games studios Frontier Developments, Codemasters and Slingshot Cartel, as well as peripherals producer, Razer, and esports teamwear designers, Raven.

Neil McClarty, VP of Product Management, Jagex, said:

“It was fantastic to once again host a GameBlast fundraising live stream for SpecialEffect, the staff always get stuck into taking part and helping raise money for what is an amazing and extraordinary cause. Many thanks to Codemasters, Frontier Developments, Razer, and our other industry friends, who came along to help take part during the 24 hours. This year was our most ambitious yet with The GameBlast Games, and having raised over £100,000 in such a short amount of time we just want to thank our incredible RuneScape communities for their generosity.”

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator here at SpecialEffect, said:

“Once again we’ve been completely blown away by the generosity of the Jagex and the wonderful RuneScape communities. The money raised will enable us to make an immense and immediate impact on the lives of many more disabled people by enabling them to play mainstream video games. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in this incredible event.”

The overall total for the GameBlast weekend has passed £200,000, and a final figure is expected in the next few days.

You can still donate via Jagex’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jagexgameblast

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