What You Need to Know:
- The Bay Area Extra Life Guild, a chapter of the Extra Life charity program supporting the Children’s Miracle Network, today announced a partnership with Playcrafting, a provider of educational and networking events for aspiring game developers, to host a free Game Jam and Gaming Festival next month in downtown San Francisco.
- All of this wil go down between May 5-7 with developers large and small, coming together to create new games focused on educational and uplifting experiences to be shared with patients undergoing recovery at local children’s hospitals.
- Game Fest, a 24-hour game festival, will be held one week later for the general public on May 13th. All proceeds from both events will be directly supporting the UCSF Children’s Hospitals of Oakland and San Francisco.
- If you'd like to show your support, donations for both events can be made at the Extra Life website.
Source: Official Press Release
The Serious Games SIG is focused on harnessing the power of games for change, and Extra Life is a perfect example of this principle in action, said Matthew Lee, co-chair of the IGDA Serious Games SIG. As a game developer, a registered nurse, and a veteran Extra Lifer, I've seen firsthand how games can bring people together, and how play can bring healing and hope to those who need it most. I've seen developers craft rich, powerful experiences that touch lives and inspire us to be better people. I've seen players and communities passionate about sharing what they have with those who need it most, giving back to the world in a thousand different ways. It is a privilege to help organize this Game Jam and bring the games to be created to the public eye.
Bandai Namco is dedicated to delivering ‘more fun to everyone,’ and we do mean everyone, said Denny Chiu, Director of Communications & CSR at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. A little fun can go a long way for a child who’s going through a rough time in a hospital. We’re proud to support causes that can improve the quality of life for these kids, and we’re glad for the chance to help out the gamers who are making that happen.