What is 'Multiplayer Marathon'?
Multiplayer Marathon is an annual charity fundraising event held by GameOn. It takes place every November. We pick a weekend and spend the entirely of it playing multiplayer games via our Live Page. The aim is to encourage community members and viewers alike to donate to a good, charitable cause.
Thus far, over the course of several previous marathons, the community has managed to raise in excess of $25,000. It is one heck of an achievement, and it shows the good that can come from not only gaming culture, but community in general.
The Date & Time:
Starts - Friday 16th November
Ends - Sunday 18th November
The marathon kicks off at 9pm (EST) on the friday and runs all the way through to 9am (EST) on sunday morning. It's a rock-solid 36-hours worth of multiplayer gaming, with many of GameOn's casters staying awake for the entire thing.
This year we are going to be raising money for 'Toys For Tots'
It's a break from tradition. We've raised over $25,000 towards 'Child's Play' during the previous marathons, so it's time to spread the love around. A poll was conducted and 'Toys For Tots' was by far the most popular choice.
'Toys For Tots' is a wonderful charity that provides toys to children from struggling families during the festive season. It's perfect timing for us, with MM6 taking place so close to December. It is also a cause that we can all relate to. We've all been children, and I'm sure we've all experienced the joy and thrill of receiving toys, books and games. No child should be denied those feelings of excitement and self-worth. It's all about sending a message of hope.
What can you expect from the marathon?
- You can expect a whole ton of multiplayer gaming
- You can expect fun and laughter
- You can expect plenty of lol-rage
- You can expect a lot of silliness once sleep deprivation sets in
- You can expect a strong donation drive
- You can expect a great sense of community
And, of course, you can expect what has become a staple of GameOn's charity marathons; Milestones!
Throughout the marathon, much to their own embarrassment, many of GameOn's casters will be forced to partake in certain tasks and dares. These "milestones" will unlock as we reach certain donation amounts.
In the past, we've seen casters shaving off their hair, eating the most repulsive foods, dancing hilariously in drag, heck, even running down their street in their underwear. Not even kidding! O_O
There is a whole ton of fun to be had, with plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in multilayer games. At any given moment during the marathon, there will be plenty of Live Page casters playing a variety of multiplayer games. CoD, GTA, LBP, Starcraft, FIFA, Madden, AC3, you name it!
What happens between now and then?
From now until then it's all about preparation. We'll be putting together a list of awesome milestones, contacting the charity in order to arrange a chip-in, creating a 4-way split-screen for the Live Page, seeking means of event promotion, etc.
The marathon will be here in no time, and we definitely hope to see you all there. In the meantime, help to spread the word!