Extra Life one-ups for the Children’s Miracle Network
by Anessia Hubler
“Hour after hour the gamers sit and stare with the intensity of a coffee deprived zombie. Their very souls seem to have been sucked into the glowing screens before them. Only the brief exchange of screaming death threats alerts bystanders that these are, in fact, living beings,” senior forensic accounting student John Parsons said about the Extra-Life charity event that was held for 24 continuous hours starting 8a.m. Oct. 25.
Extra-Life was held in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks. This event was a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money raised in Fairbanks went to the children’s hospital at Providence, located in Anchorage, Alaska.
One hundred forty people came to the Fairbanks event. The Alaska Extra-Life contingent (UAA, UAF, UAS) raised $10,909.
The event was a simultaneous, 24-hour gaming marathon set up in different branches of the UA. There was a stream running at each place online, and several participants had their own personal streams through twitch.tv, a popular video game streaming website. “All participants sign up on the Extra-Life website and designate their “team” as 907 Gamers,” UAF Extra-Life game director Chris Clement said.
907 Gamers is a state-wide club that was established last year, and currently has 3,183 members.
Fairbanks has it’s own chapter of 907 Gamers; however, they usually have difficulties finding locations to host events due to limited funding and internet capabilities according to Clement.
Resident Assistant Dan Matthews and Clement enjoy running gaming events. They both knew that Extra-Life was around the corner, so UAF Residence Life and 907 Gamers collaborated with UAF e-Sports Gaming club and UAF League of Extraordinary FandomS to hold the event.
Clement’s job was to make sure that there was enough space for the event and that it ran smoothly, while UAF League of Extraordinary FandomS made tournaments. One tournament was the UAF League of Legends team competing against a UAS League of Legends team. There also was a cosplay contest where students dressed up as their favorite video game characters. The contest happened at midnight and a movie theater gift card was given to the first place winner.
“College students don’t really have money to donate to charities (usually). Because of this, we also offered a dry/canned-food donations bin that will be donated to the Wood Center Food Pantry,” Clement said.
About $100 was earned every hour at UAF. One of the fundraising games was a UAF vs. UAS League of Legends game.
“I enjoy seeing people have fun and building a community. By having a charity-focused gaming event, it helps strengthen the gaming community and creates a bond between UAF students and Fairbanks community members,” Clement said.