Can you imagine life without games?
Neither can we. But there are thousands of people who are desperate to share our passion for games, and their disabilities stop them playing any of the titles we’re fanatical about.
People like Ryan, whose muscular dystrophy slowly robbed him of the ability to enjoy the games he loves as his muscles became weaker and weaker. But with our help, he’s now back playing again with a custom gaming control setup that’s based on his abilities rather than his disabilities
Every day we’re contacted by more people like Ryan who are desperate to bring the magic and inclusivity of gaming back into their lives.
So step forward gamers! We urgently need your support to to transform the lives of as many gamers as we can in 2020.
GameBlast is YOUR chance to help
GameBlast, the UK’s biggest annual charity gaming marathon weekend, is the perfect way to do what you love most AND change the lives of disabled gamers at the same time.
It’s simple. Just organise your own gaming marathon or gaming event at your own convenience, and hold your event sometime during the weekend of 21-23 February if possible. Raise donations by signing up through JustGiving and we’ll help you max out your fundraising and fun.
“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.” – Mark from Sparky and Son.
What sort of challenges can I do?
It’s your call, and you can take part as an individual, a group of friends, a community or a company. Many of you will take on a gaming marathon, but if speeds runs are your thing, or tabletop games, or LAN parties, or gamerbakes, then welcome aboard! What about a gaming-themed pub quiz? Or a firewalk? A dress up/down day at work? Go for it. We’ll help you with information and resources all the way.
Don’t worry if you’ve never fundraised through games before. We’ll get you started with tips and tricks to grab attention of your supporters – including some brilliant ideas about spicing up a gaming stream with some awesome forfeits.
“I can’t do much by myself, but I now can play video games, which gives me a great sense of independence and achievement.” – Becky
Publishers and Devs – join the fun!
If you’re in the gaming industry, don’t miss out! Many major names have previously backed this annual event, including Jagex, GAME, Multiplay, Twitch and SEGA, alongside a host of eSports teams, influencers and studios.
Just take a look at this amazing video of Jagex’s 2018 GameBlast Games – a 24hr livestream of gaming, chaos and gruelling challenges broadcast live from their Cambridge headquarters.
Or take inspiration from the GAME and Multiplay Events staff who also hosted a 24-hour stream, while across the country GAME stores and BELONG arenas brought GameBlast to the high street with charity promotions, auctions and esports tournaments.
Whatever level of involvement your company can offer, for example giveaways, game bundles, staff events – we’d love to hear from you!
“We spent 24 hours playing alongside our friends and had a great time while making our contribution to help SpecialEffect bring gaming to people with disabilities. That’s awesome.” – Nick, Finstock GameBlast.
How we’ll use your donations
We’ll be using your GameBlast donations to help gamers with disabilities by finding 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 setups to lend to them, and give lifelong support so they can get the best out of it.
From modified gaming controllers to eye-control systems, every system we recommend or loan is personalised. Sometimes that might mean adding voice control or a chin joystick. Or we might get the drill and the soldering iron out to adapt the button positions on a controller. There are hundreds of potential solutions, and it’s our job to find the right one.
Your donations will also fund our work into turning what we’re learning into a global impact, like our free EyeMine software that lets people with severe disabilities use their eyes to play Minecraft.
“SpecialEffect help me get the most out of my gaming experience, offering advice on what I can try.” – Alex
Making your money work
Over 90% of your donations go directly into our one-to-one work with people with disabilities, answering enquiries from around the world and researching new avenues for accessible gaming, so we won’t be wasting your money.
The other 10% keeps the charity running so that we can keep on doing what we do.
You’re amazing. Seriously.
During the first six GameBlast weekends between 2014 and 2019, YOU amazing GameBlasters have raised a total of over £800,000!
We’re genuinely blown away by the huge amount of support that we’ve had from all of you. You’ve already changed the lives of thousands of people with disabilities who could previously only watch everyone else have all the fun.
Find out more about the difference you’re making. Take a look at the SpecialEffect website or browse our YouTube channel, which features the stories of Callum, Ajay, Becky and many others, whose gaming journeys have been kickstarted by your help.
A huge, heartfelt thank you from all of us at SpecialEffect!