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!
Starting at 6pm central on 11/25, Pokemon Sun and Moon starter and trainer names can be claimed. Donate $100 to our buildOn fundriaser and leave the name that you would like in the donation comments. You can donate and comment at the following link: https://twitch.streamlabs.com/TheSpeedGamers . The Pokemon marathon will start on Dec 16 and can be viewed from twitch.tv/thespeedgamers .
We will tweet from @thespeedgamers as the trainers and Pokemon get claimed as well as mark at their names from the list below. It’s important to note that your starter nickname will persist throughout the entire evolution chain. For example if you nickname Rowlet “Legolas”, Dartrit and Decidueye will also be named “Legolas”. As we ask each year, please refrain from any crude nicknames or political statements. Thank you!
Beginning on December 16th at 6pm Central US, we will be live streaming a play through of Pokemon Sun and Moon on www.twitch.tv/thespeedgamers to raise money for buildOn (http://www.buildOn.org/) . We will be fundraising to help build a school in Mali, West Africa. You can watch the event around the clock and chat with the participants and other viewers.
The marathon is scheduled to last 72 hours but with donation achievements viewers can unlock another 24 hours of marathon time, additional Pokemon games and game play changes. This will mark our 39thmarathon since our inception in 2008 . Our community has raised over $700,000 for various causes. We look forward to seeing you in the chat!
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.
Many screams, scares and goofs were had during our “Trick or Treat” marathon for St. Jude. We raised a bit over $4,500 and had a blast doing it. A big thank you to everyone who participated. Whether you were at the marathon or in the chat, it’s always a complete team effort.
Now we are ramping up for our Pokemon Sun and Moon Marathon which begins on December 16th. We aim to catch the entire generation of new Pokemon while lying out challenges for ourselves along the way. During the marathon viewers will be able to unlock additional games and even extend the marathon past the 19th. We will announce the charity, achievements and other details in November.
Keep checking back to our blog for more details!
We will be hosting our “Trick or Treat” marathon October 14-17 2016 on twitch.tv/thespeedgamers . The event will be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The theme for this marathon is “Trick or Treat”. The event will kick off with the player walking up to a bag full of games. “Trick” or “treat” will then randomly be selected. If “treat” is selected the player will get to choose the game they would like to play from the bag. If “trick” is selected the viewers will vote for the game they would like to see played. Upon completion of the game, the cycle will start over.
See you in the chat on October 14 @ 6pm CST!
Edit: (Update) We will be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our original plan was for this event to benefit Heifer International. The donation widget that we are using is not working properly with their paypal settings. Once we get that issue sorted out with Heifer we will do a future event for Heifer International.
TheSpeedGamers will be at Camp Fangamer July 28-31 helping host the EB Bash Mk III stream. There will be a playthrough of Mother 3 and tons of entertainment like live music by The Super Souls Bros. Each day we will be hosting cut-throat auctions leading up to our main auction on Sunday evening. Here’s a peek at one of our auction items by Eyes5
What a great event! We enjoyed spending the week gaming with all of you and raising over $40,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the marathon we announced 3 upcoming events; “Trick or Treat Marathon” Oct 14-17 2016, “Pokemon Sun and Moon” Dec 16-19 2016, and “Zelda Breath of The Wild” Spring 2017. We appreciate everyone who donated, modded, watched and took part in the event. The viewers kept us energized and engaged. We loved chatting with you and sharing our efforts in raising money for a great cause. It’s a complete team effort and we needed everyone to make this event as successful as it was. We look forward to seeing you all in October!! Listed below are the prize winners from the Zelda marathon. We will be emailing you in the next week to get shipping information if you won a prize. Also, please be sure to check out our forums to hang out with the rest of the community Community.tsg.tv