After more than 24 hours straight, Edmonton gamers have completed Extra Life’s annual day of play.
The event started Saturday at noon and came to a close this afternoon. It took place at the Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall, the first time the venue has been used for the event.
Matt Dykstra, an organizer for Extra Life, says having it at West Edmonton Mall led to even more exposure for the event. It was hard to miss the sea of monitors and giant screen broadcasting rousing rounds of Rock Band. According to Dykstra, the day for play has already grown exponentially in the last few years.
“When I started back in 2012 I think we had a team of 30-40 gamers and we raised $20,000,” he said. “Every year we’ve just added more participants and pushed our fundraising higher and higher. The team we have in the room today is about 250 gamers.”
The Edmonton team managed to raise $82,000 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. The event is international and donates to 170 different hospitals. Across Alberta cities, where events were held simultaneously, more than $170,000 was raised for the Stollery.
Dykstra also explained that Edmontonians who didn’t come down to the Ice Palace were still able to participate.
“There’s a lot of gamers across the city who livestream,” said Dykstra. “So they game from home for the 25 hours and raise funds continuously from the people who are watching them play live.”
Since the event fell at the end of daylight savings this year, an extra hour of play was added.
Extra Life continues to fundraise year round. Find out how you can participate by visiting their website here. (KLM)