RuneScape maker Jagex Games Studio passed along word this morning that it plans to host a 24-hour marathon in support of the games charity SpecialEffect’s inaugural GameBlast weekend. The challenge will be held at Jagex’s Cambridge, England headquarters, and will take place from 1pm GMT on Friday, February 21.
Jagex staff and selected members of the RuneScape community will play RuneScape and Ace of Spades throughout the 24-hour period. The event will also be live-streamed throughout via the official RuneScape and Ace of Spades twitch.tv channels, which will also include interviews with the RuneScape development team.
During that same time period Jagex will be running in-game events within RuneScape. Following a recent player vote, there will be Double XP for players during the GameBlast weekend. The Well of Goodwill, which saw players raise tens of thousands of dollars for a number of charities at the end of 2013, will also re-open for a short time. Players will be able to purchase a virtual GameBlast tunic for their avatars, with all proceeds donated to SpecialEffect. During the GameBlast weekend, 50 percent of all profits from sales of Ace of Spades will be donated to SpecialEffect as well.
“Jagex has long supported numerous charities close to our heart, and we are thrilled to be able to continue our strong relationship with SpecialEffect by taking part in the inaugural GameBlast,” said Neil McClarty, Brand Director for RuneScape. “Our community truly are fantastic, and their generosity during our most recent charity campaign saw hundreds of billions of gold pieces and Bonds converted into real-world cash for good causes, including SpecialEffect. The weekend is shaping up to be big with lots planned including live streams and players recently voted to celebrate with double XP available all weekend, this is one not miss.”
“We’re absolutely delighted that Jagex are going to play a huge part in GameBlast. We’re already indebted to them for the wonderful support they gave us in 2013 through their Well of Goodwill, and to have their involvement in this weekend of gaming is fantastic,” said Dr Mick Donegan, Founder and Director of SpecialEffect. “There are thousands of people in the world that want to share our passion for video games, but their disabilities stop them playing any of the titles we love. The sponsorship that the Jagex players and staff raise through their marathon will help us to bring magic moments and opportunities for inclusion into many, many more lives.”
If you'd like to donate to this worthy cause, you can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/jagex. For those wishing to use the Well of Goodwill, Jagex will give $1.00 to SpecialEffect for every 5m gold pieces donated. Every RuneScape Bond donated by players will also be converted into a $4.70 donation to SpecialEffect. Ace of Spades is available to purchase via Steam. During the GameBlast weekend, Ace of Spades will be available for 75 percent off.
Further information on SpecialEffect and GameBlast can be found by visiting www.specialeffect.org.uk.