20 July 2016
Pro gamers including Spamfish, Elajjaz and Skillspecs come together in 24-hour gaming marathon live streamed on Twitch to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone
On Saturday 6th August, 13 professional online gamers will come together in a 24-hour gaming marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support. As part of the charity’s ‘Game Changers’ fundraiser, pro gamers including Spamfish, Elajjaz and Skillspecs will game, do forfeits and complete challenges to help raise money to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. All the action will be live broadcast on video streaming platform Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers.
Taking place at Twitch HQ in London, the pro gamer event will start at 12pm on 6th August and finish at 12pm the following day. Anyone can tune in to watch via Macmillan’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/macmillancancer).
Throughout the gameathon, the pro gamers will be raising vital funds for people affected by cancer. Alongside the main event or at any point during the year, alone or with a team of friends, Macmillan is also asking people to get involved in the action by taking on Game Changers challenge with their own 24 hour marathons.
List of pro gamers taking part in Game Changers:
Heather Pearl, Head of National Events at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We’re delighted that Game Changers is back for a second year and encouraging as many people as possible to get involved so that we can beat last year’s efforts. As well as asking people to tune in to Twitch on Saturday 6th August to watch their favourite pro gamers go head-to-head for 24-hours, we’re encouraging gamers to hold their own gameathon and get sponsored to do so. All money raised goes to Macmillan to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”
For more information on Game Changers, please visit www.gamechangers.macmillan.org.uk. Follow the conversation on Twitter using @macgamechangers #macgamechangers.
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For further information please contact:
Media & PR Officer
Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4974
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
About Game Changers for Macmillan
We’re getting the Game Changers together – 24 hours of the biggest gamers playing the best games. And 24 hours of the craziest forfeits. To see the full line-up of gamers who are taking part visit http://gamechangers.macmillan.org.uk/line-up. All prizes in the draw are donated. Follow on Twitter using @macgamechangers #macgamechangers.
Why are we doing all this? Because every pound we raise will make sure Macmillan Cancer Support can help people with cancer take back control.
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.7 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. For more information about Twitch, visit the official website and blog.