Extra Life 2018: Getting Ready for Tomorrow

Last Updated on November 2, 2018 by Michael Brockbank

The Extra Life 2018 24-hours of gaming event starts tomorrow. And although it’s not feasible for us to do the entire 24 hours straight, we’ll still participate 12 hours at a time. Unfortunately, we really didn’t go over the plan all that well this week.

However, we’re going to have fun regardless of what goes on. Even if I have to stream by myself, it’s for a good cause.

What is Extra Life 2018?

Every year, there is an event held where thousands of people play games to benefit Extra Life. It’s a charitable event with the goal of driving as much money as possible to the Children’s Miracle Network.

All money generated from Extra Life goes directly to the charity. Well, outside of PayPal fees most gamers might incur from direct donations.

Whether it’s a PC game, grinding something out on the Xbox One or simply playing a live Monopoly game, this event is embraced by anyone who likes to “play.”

I’ve seen several live streams of people playing things like Dungeons & Dragons on paper to benefit Extra Life.

Thousands of people register with the organization, and many will even form teams. We did…an army of two. At the moment, we’re ranked 2,624 of 4,711 teams. So far this year, we’ve generated just over $20 in donations.

Why Are We Participating in Extra Life 2018?

I’ve been a fan of Extra Life shortly after my own daughter had a severe bout with Asthma. As we had to spend a few days at Children’s Hospital in Denver, I felt it only fitting that I participate in helping them generate donations.

And Extra Life gives me that opportunity.

Unfortunately, we’re not the best broadcasters. We can’t keep a schedule and we often get sidetracked with other things rather than game live on Twitch or YouTube.

I mean, we don’t have a solid audience base. Most of the time it’s going to be us talking to each other as I doubt we’ll have more than a few visitors on the channel.

However, we’ll still put in the hours to drive even a few bucks to Extra Life 2018.

Besides, I am hoping to grow our platform over the next year so that we’ll have a much greater impact in 2019 for Extra Life.

Who Are We Benefiting?

We are playing for the Children’s Hospital in Denver. Everything we generate in terms of donations is delivered to Extra Life, who in turn gives it to the hospital.

I’ve been a fan and supporter of Extra Life ever since taking my daughter in thanks to her asthma. When your child’s lips start turning blue and there isn’t anything you can do as a parent, it freaks you out.

The staff at Children’s Hospital were amazing, and my little bug made a full recovery. Before we left, her and her little sister were running around the hospital room like nothing happened.

Kids are so freakin’ resilient.

Today, her asthma is virtually non-existent. But the memory of what we went through will be with me forever. And if I can help other parents and children, I will.

How Are We Contributing to Extra Life 2018?

Perhaps what currently generates the most money for us is the website. I already donate 30% of everything the site makes throughout the year to Extra Life. However, we’ll donate 100% of everything for the 3rd and 4th of November.

It’s not a lot of money, but it’s better than nothing at all. And the website has grown a great deal since developing it 10 months ago.

Secondly, we are live streaming the gaming event on the Twitch channel.

That’s right, 12 hours of games on Saturday and Sunday to see if we can generate a few more donations.

I just hope I can get all the fun things done I want to set up for the event. So much to do, on top of working my regular job as a freelance writer. After all, I still need to pay my own bills.

Currently, I plan on making a special border and background for the live stream. However, that really depends on whether I can get done with my day’s workload.

And it’s been a bit of a crappy day already!

So if you’re not interested in watching us on Twitch, know that articles you read on this website will benefit Extra Life 2018 as well.

And thirdly, we’ll donate all profits from merch sales during the weekend. So, grab a coffee mug or anything else that might strike your fancy and help Extra Life 2018! I don’t have a lot up at the moment, but designing more is on my to-do list for the day.
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Sigh…so much to do.

Where Can You Watch Us During the Live Event?

I haven’t had a chance to put in the effort to build up a YouTube channel. So we will strictly broadcast on Twitch this year. I’m toying with the idea of also broadcasting on Facebook, but I don’t know if I will have it ready in time.

I usually send a tweet each time we go live on Twitch, so feel free to follow us on Twitter. For Extra Life 2018, I might set up something to let everyone on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ know when the stream starts.

You can watch us directly on the channel or take a look at the Twitch Feed right here on the website. There’s also a sidebar widget on the site specifically for live broadcasts.

We’ll start the stream at 6:00 am Mountain Time Saturday morning and run through to 6:00 pm that night. Then again on Sunday for the same time frame.

I use the term “we” loosely because some of us still have to work and such. However, I’ll be playing the entire time…even if it’s by myself.

I’m still not 100% sure what games we’ll play, but I know Diablo III will be in the mix somewhere. And if I have to play alone, I might do some Hardcore Subnautica or Survival Mode Fallout 4.

There’s actually quite a few games that I could easily dump a ton of time into.

I just need to figure out what I’m doing for lunch…

It’s For Charity…

I’m sure we won’t have huge numbers like some of the other major gamers on Twitch, but that’s not the point. It’s for charity, and we’ll do what we can to help out Extra Life 2018.

Even if it’s merely to help spread awareness through Twitch or the website.

Michael Brockbank
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Michael Brockbank

Michael developed ColoradoPlays to help various charities through his favorite pastime. Since then, the blog and Twitch channels have donated several hundred dollars to Extra Life, Geeks of Grandeur and Operation Supply Drop to name a few.