UPDATE: The Extra Life marathon was a huge success. Extra Life is still pulling in the donations, but so far they have surpassed their total from last year and have eclipsed the $140,000 mark. And The Rackspace Gaming Team had a great time doing their part. Here is the info to the money they raised so far.
Gaming for 24 straight hours can be pretty tough. Rack Gives Back helped out by donating food and snacks to keep the players energized. Still, the last few hours were pretty tough and not everyone made it, but that’s okay. The live stream was a great addition to the Rackspace Team and had up to 70 viewers online. Even a local high school student found the stream, chatted with the team and actually hopped in the public server played some CounterStrike:Source with the team.
The Rackspace Team played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Quakelive.com, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike:Source, Prototype, Starcraft, Age of Empires, Madden, Assassin’s Creed, World of Warcraft and finished out the live stream with a wicked game of Solitaire.
So thanks to everyone who donated or contributed to this good cause!
This weekend, 15 Rackers will participate in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon to fund pediatric cancer research and treatment. Extra Life partners with the Texas Children’s Hospital and all donations are given to the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
Extra Life was founded by Houston-native Jeromy ‘Doc’ Adams and last year (just the first year) they raised more than $120,000 from every continent except Antarctica.
So Rackers formed the ‘Rackspace Gaming Team’ this year to do their part. Their team goal is to raise $2,842. Donations start at $1 an hour. Starting at 8 a.m. CST Saturday, Oct. 17 and ending 24 hours later, these Rackers will be up all day and night playing various games on X-Box, Playstation and the PC to include Madden, Call of Duty and Age of Empires. Best of all, Rackers have set up a site to stream their marathon live so anyone can tune in and check on their progress.