Old School star, Will Ferrell, is staking his claim on the gaming world, for a cause. After successfully proving his “world dominance” in activities ranging from drum battles to anchoring the news, the actor is now ready to challenge video gamers far and wide, to raise money for non-profit organizations Cancer for College and Donate Games through a campaign on crowdfunding giant Indiegogo.
Ferrell stated, “It’s not secret the best gamers in the world have wanted a piece of me for years. Guys like CaptainSparklez are gunning for me. I think he might be an actual wizard and he’s looking for blood. I told them I’d give them the honor of competing against me with one small condition: we raise a whole bunch of money for a great cause like helping kids with cancer.”
The video game challenge aims to raise more than $375,000 to benefits the two charities. Cancer for College provides scholarships to cancer survivors and Donate Games leverages video games, technology, along with innovation to help children and families suffering from cancer.
Cancer for College’s founder, Craig Pollard noted, “We’re so excited to be of this awesome campaign. This campaign is a fun way for people in the gaming community to participate in our mission of providing hope by raising more funds to give cancer survivors scholarships.”
Founder and CEO of Donate Games, Jim Carol added, “The last thing families in hospital cancer wards should worry about is the financial cost of their child battling for their life. We are continually humbled by the goodness of the gaming community, and ecstatic about the opportunity to raise fund in support of pediatric cancer.”
Should the initial goal amount be raised, Ferrell will appear in person and play with a lucky gamer at Twitch’s offices in San Francisco, and the event will be broadcast live on the video game platform. Each person who funds the campaign with a minimum $10 contribution will receive at least one entry and could have the chance to battle the actor in-person. Air transportation and hotel are included as part of the Grand Prize.
There are a multitude of perks for backers, including “Will Ferrell’s Super Mega UV Blast Max Gamer’s Sunscreen,” the “Will Ferrell’s Game Face” official event t-shirt, signed video game memorabilia, and personalized thank you messages from Will himself.
“Games and charity go hand in hand. Over the past three years, the Twitch community has raised more than $10 million for various charitable causes,” John Howell, Director, Partnership Development at Twitch explained. “Having Will Ferrell join us, Cancer for College and Donate Games in the fight against cancer take philanthropy and gaming to a new level.”
Since its launch on Wednesday (September 10th), the campaign has already raised close to $27,000 from over 450 backers. Its set to close on October 12th.
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