We raised over $6,000 for Extra Life 2010!

Wow. What a crazy journey this has been. From beginning to end, every minute put into organizing this years Dtoid Extra Life charity event was worth it.  It all started when Dtoid community member mentioned that he wanted to get involved in this years Extra Life campaign, and I told him that DtoidSF would organize something. So what started as an idea in our collective heads about what this would entail ended up being a huge success, and for that we have many, many thanks to give out.

First, I’d like to run down a little bit of numbers. In 2008, Destructoid got involved with Extra Life as Jim Sterling performed a singing marathon and raised an amazing $3,000 for charity. In 2009, Niero and staff based in Miami ran a 24 hour gaming marathon and raised a grand total of $4835.60. This year, my goal was to see that Destructoid raised at least the amount raised in previous years, if not more.

Well, I’m happy to say that this year, the 24 hour marathon that took place at Dtoid HQ in San Francisco raised a grand total of $6028.35 to benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital. This huge amount of money will go towards research, medical care and education that will benefit the lives of sick children.

And its all thanks to so many people.

 

Wow. What a crazy journey this has been. From beginning to end, every minute put into organizing this years Dtoid Extra Life charity event was worth it.  It all started when Dtoid community member mentioned that he wanted to get involved in this years Extra Life campaign, and I told him that DtoidSF would organize something. So what started as an idea in our collective heads about what this would entail ended up being a huge success, and for that we have many, many thanks to give out.

First, I’d like to run down a little bit of numbers. In 2008, Destructoid got involved with Extra Life as Jim Sterling performed a singing marathon and raised an amazing $3,000 for charity. In 2009, Niero and staff based in Miami ran a 24 hour gaming marathon and raised a grand total of $4835.60. This year, my goal was to see that Destructoid raised at least the amount raised in previous years, if not more.  

Well, I’m happy to say that this year, the 24 hour marathon that took place at Dtoid HQ in San Francisco raised a grand total of $6028.35 to benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital. This huge amount of money will go towards research, medical care and education that will benefit the lives of sick children.

And its all thanks to so many people.

This event was only possible because of the many individuals and companies that decided to give up their time, energy, and donations to make this happen. Various game companies such as Sega, Capcom, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Activision, and ASTRO Gaming were more than generous and donated the $7,000 worth of prizes that we gave away during the event. So, to the representatives from the companies who jumped at the chance to help out …

Thank you.

The next round of thanks goes to the individuals that made this happen.  Nick Hutchins, Stan Press, and Alex Sanderson (ChronicleX) were instrumental to helping set up the tech behind our live stream, and even though we had a couple of minor hiccups, our team worked hard to make it as smooth as possible. Various members of DtoidSF were also amazing for supporting us during the live event by helping us keep track of the prize packages and keeping us entertained with the 24 hours of gaming. So thanks for coming in and supporting us during the event, and a special shoutout to Manic Maverick, Hammershark, Bleach Boy, Chazboski, courthejester, and Noodle for staying until the very end! To the staff and members of DtoidSF …

Thank you.

Next, a special thanks goes out to the people at Justin.tv.  By featuring our stream on their blog, Twitter, and Facebook, running a sitewide banner during the event (thanks Aurvantoid!), as well as helping with software and set-up, our stream had amazing numbers.

We had an average of 645 concurrent viewers, with our max being 1898 people watching the stream. There were a total of 670,000 total views during the 24 hour marathon with about 145,000 unique views.

Amazing. Thank you.

Last, but most importantly, I’d like to thank each and everyone of you that watched and donated to the cause. You guys never cease to amaze me with your kindness, compassion and generosity. From donating money, to keeping us going in the chat, none of this would have been possible without you all. You dont know how much it meant to us to see your words of encouragement in the chat throughout the night, and as we inched closer and closer to our goal, that gave us the drive to keep going to entertain you all. I hope you enjoyed the stream, and I hope to be compiling a couple of videos of highlights for those of you that might have missed some epic stuff.

From Sonic Colors, to the Super Street Fighter IV tourneys; licking of Tara’s face to the shaving of eyebrows — so much fun was had putting this event together and seeing it through. Your generosity in helping us reach our goal is what we appreciate above all. So finally to the WHOLE DTOID COMMUNITY AND EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED AND DONATED …

THANK YOU!

Here’s to next year!

Extra Life 2011 will be even BIGGER and BETTER, and I can’t wait, but first, time to get some rest.

Jesse Cortez