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Final Fantasy Marathon Extension Information!

If there’s one thing that we’ve heard the most since announcing the dates for our 2017 Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude, it’s been “why is the marathon only five days long instead of a full week like every other summer?”

There are a lot of reasons we had to make the change this year, and to make up for it, we expanded our marathon slate to FOUR this year (stay tuned for information on our October and December marathons!). Still, though, five days just isn’t enough time for us.

So we want to go an extra 24 hours.

To do that, though, we’re going to need your help!

We’re super excited to announce a potential 24-hour extension for the Final Fantasy Marathon, meaning that it will end on Thursday, July 20 at 6PM CT instead of Wednesday, July 19 at 6PM CT as scheduled. For that to happen, though, we’re going to be setting up a donation goal. Once the event starts, if you guys can reach a total of $30,000 in donations to St. Jude by the current end-of-marathon time (which, again, is Wednesday, July 19 at 6PM CT), then we will continue the marathon for an entire extra day!

What a time to be alive.

We’ll be reminding viewers of this extension throughout the marathon and beforehand, but get those donations ready! As always, 100% of donations go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

Join us July 14 at 6PM CT at http://twitch.tv/thespeedgamers for the start of TSG.TV’s Final Fantasy Marathon 2017: Pixels vs. Polygons, and let’s get this thing extended!

Final Fantasy Marathon: Pixels vs. Polygons (July 14-19, 2017)

To add to the fun of our events, we have created a Final Fantasy-themed campaign that will play out over the course of the marathon. The name of the campaign is “Pixels vs Polygons.”

During the marathon, the attendees will be split into two teams: Team Pixels and Team Polygons. Each person is represented by an avatar that displays their stats: attack and defense.  Every time you donate to St. Jude, you can choose a marathon attendee that you would like to power up. For every $5, an attendee will have their stats increased. Twice a day, the two teams will have 4 players from each side pitted against each other in battle. The battle will take the two sides’ stats into consideration when calculating a victor, with the winning team gaining a point for their side. At the end of the campaign and the marathon, one team will win out as the champion.

We think this will be an entertaining and unique way to raise money for a great cause.  As always, 100% of the donations go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  We’d like to give an extra special thank you to Space Coyote and Untuxable for creating the Team Pixel and Team Polygon player avatars. For more information on the marathon, please visit the link below, and check out our YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSpeedGamers. We look forward to seeing you on July 14th on http://twitch.tv/thespeedgamers!

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Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude – July 14-19, 2017 | New Teaser Video & Images!

Now that we’re only a little over five weeks away from our 2017 Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude, we’re excited to release another teaser video for the event! Check out the brief video above, and be sure to share it around to get the word out about the event!

Additionally, we’ve got three new teaser images for the marathon that are perfect for promoting the event! Check them out below, and download the full 1920×1080 files for yourself HERE!

Our 2017 Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude will take place from July 14 through July 19 at http://twitch.tv/TheSpeedGamers! It begins at 6pm CDT on Friday, July 14, so mark your calendars! As always, all proceeds from the event will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so make plans to join us in raising money for this great cause!

We have more exciting plans to reveal over the next five weeks, so keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for all of the details!

Final Fantasy Marathon Charity Announcement: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

We’re extremely excited to announce that our Final Fantasy Marathon this summer will be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and they are one of the best organizations out there. We’ve worked with St. Jude many times over the past nine years, and we can’t wait to get to work raising money for them again!

Be sure to tune into our 120-Hour Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude this July 14-19 at http://twitch.tv/thespeedgamers! The event kicks off at 6pm CST!

We’ll have so much more to announce about the upcoming marathon very soon, so be sure to keep an eye here or on our social media pages at Twitter.com/TheSpeedGamers and Facebook.com/TheSpeedGamers! We’re also on Instagram now, so follow us there for more! Want more video content? Head over to our YouTube, and be sure to check out Team TSG on Twitch!

Final Fantasy Marathon Memories: Apple

We’re counting down to our 2017 Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude on July 14 (less than 15 weeks from now!), so we’re looking back at some of our favorite memories from TSG’s previous Final Fantasy Marathons!

In this one, Apple reminds us of the time that the TSG Community came together to raise over $3,000 just to name a rat-faced character after Chase.

Tune into our 2017 Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital July 14-19 at http://twitch.tv/TheSpeedGamers!

Final Fantasy Marathon Memories: Space Coyote

Hey guys!

As we get ready for our 2017 Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude on July 14, we’re looking back at some of our favorite memories from TSG’s previous Final Fantasy Marathons!

In this one, Space Coyote talks about a moment when one of TSG’s own became a speedrunner for a brief, shining moment.

Tune into our 2017 Final Fantasy Marathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital July 14-19 at http://twitch.tv/TheSpeedGamers!

Breath of the Wild Marathon Wrap-Up

Thank you all for your support of our recent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Marathon! We raised exactly $2,000 for buildOn.org, which brings our total for the charity to $11,226.14!
Here’s our retrospective for the BOTW Marathon:
Up next will be our big summer event: TSG’s Final Fantasy Marathon 2017! The event will take place July 14 -19, so mark your calendars! We’ll be posting more details about this marathon over the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out this teaser for the event:

If you want to keep in touch with us, be sure to join our Discord at http://discord.gg/thespeedgamers! We’d love to chat with you!

Thanks for everything, and we’ll see you soon!!

– TSG

9 year Anniversary Marathon Begins March 3 at Midnight (90 hours!)

TheSpeedGamers will be celebrating our 9th anniversary of gaming for charity by playing Zelda Breath of the Wild when it launches. We will be picking up our copy of the game along with the Nintendo Switch at midnight on Friday March the 3rd. There will be a live stream of us picking up the Switch and Zelda along with MAXIMUM HYPE COMMENTARY. We will begin our gameplay journey as soon as we get back from the launch which should be around 12:30 am central on March 3rd. Our adventure will last approximately 90 hours as we will be playing until 6pm central on Monday March 6th. You can watch all of the action on our website www.tsg.tv or www.twitch.tv/thespeedgamers .

We will be raising money once again for buildOn.org to help build a school in Mali West Africa.

buildOn’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.For 25 years, buildOn has partnered with local governments and mobilized rural villages in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build more than 1,000 schools in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Senegal. We also partner with high schools in underserved communities in six U.S. cities to empower students to remain engaged in school and to positively contribute to their communities through community service and service learning. To date, buildOn students have contributed nearly 1.8 million hours of service to address the most pressing needs in their communities.
 
Since 2008, TheSpeedGamers have raised over $720,000 for various charitable causes.

Breath of the Wild Marathon March 3rd

UPDATE: Zelda Breath of the Wild Marathon MARCH 3rd (More details upcoming!)

Hello TSG FRIENDS!

I hope you all had a great holiday and year!. TSG saw a bump in donations this year; 2016: $53,254 vs 2015: $45,327 .  Now we start 2017 with an event this spring! Keep an eye out for Nintendo’s press event that is being held on January 12th . We will use this conference to announce our next marathon. We have a couple of scenarios that we are looking at. The Nintendo “Switch” is slated to launch in March but we are all in the dark with what games will launch for the console.  Our hopes are that Zelda Breath of the Wild will launch with the console and that we will do a Breath of the Wild Marathon as soon as the game launches. We are also considering doing a Switch launch marathon in which we play a variety of launch titles if the first plan falls through. In just a little over a week we will have a clearer picture and let all of you know our plans.

For 2017 we are looking to bump our number of marathons up to 4. One in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. We aren’t quite ready to announce our complete 2017 plans just yet, but stay tuned!