In an annual gaming marathon called Extra Life, gamers all over the world played for 25 hours this weekend to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. On the morning of Nov. 3, Extra Life announced that, at the official end of the event, they'd raised $3,404,486 by playing for 24 hours, plus the extra hour gained by the end of Daylight Saving Time. Though four DDoS attacks kept donors off the site at times, it only seemed to have the effect of increasing players' resolve to keep playing through it all.
Though some teams had been streaming since Wednesday, most of the events happened on Saturday, with many teams doing giveaways to encourage participation in the various gaming marathons. And, even though the event is over, some teams will continue throughout the week, and the website will continue to accept donations through the end of the year.
“Internet famous” players who stream on Twitch or record for YouTube were certainly stars this weekend, with Rooster Teeth raising $186,412 and KBMOD raising $143,317. Elsewhere on the internet, Team Reddit didn't reach their goal, but made a good showing with $82,153. With these major players only making up about 12 percent of the total, it's clear that it was the numerous smaller teams working and playing together who made this record-breaking total possible.
Video gamers weren't the only ones who got in on the fund-raising action. Many who prefer tabletop gaming participated, such as the team from Wizards of the Coast who raised $21,000 with their 25-hour Dungeons and Dragons session.