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Campus Gamers Gaming for A Cause
October 25, 2013
For the second year, Campus Gamers, a student organization at CSU Bakersfield, will host Bakersfield Extra Life, a 12-hour gaming marathon. The event will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. in the CSUB Student Union. All funds raised will go towards purchasing life-saving medical equipment for the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.
This year, the Bakersfield Extra Life Event will offer 50 game consoles, over 500 video games, board, card and tabletop games, and over a dozen tournaments with the opportunity to win prizes. Carrie Swidecki, the Guinness World Record holder for marathon video game dancing, will be playing Just Dance 2014 and there will be dedicated stations for The Legend of Zelda and the new Ubisoft game, Assassin’s Creed IV – Black Flag.
Campus Gamers is expecting triple the participation when compared to last year. Blizzard Entertainment, developer of the games Diablo III and World of Warcraft, has agreed to donate an additional $120,000 to reward hospitals that have exceptional fundraising teams. “Team CSU Bakersfield” is already on two of the three lists – highest donations per capita and most improved over the previous year.
“Last year’s marathon was a huge success,” says Edward Webb, founder of Campus Gamers. “Our group generated $4,300 in donations, placing us in the top 2.5% of all teams in North America. That is astounding for a first effort.” Based largely on the club’s fundraising efforts, the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation awarded CSUB its “Corporate Partner of the Year” award. “Our 2013 goal is to finish in the Top 1% of all teams and to earn that bonus for our hospital,” says Webb. “I absolutely believe we can do it, but we need local support.”
To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/extralifebakersfield. Registration is free and open to anyone; however, a minimum of $20 in donations must be raised to attend the event. Donations can be made at the event and by supporting team members. For more information about the event, visit www.campusgamers.net.