YouTuber TSM is aiming for the world record in the game marathon, while raising funds for the National Society for Epilepsy.
A YouTuber is currently at the end of a mammoth task: playing Final Fantasy 13 for 40 straight hours. As of this writing, streamer TSM has 35 hours of running time and is still going strong as he weaves his way through the massive JRPG.
TSM aims to break the world record for the longest marathon in a Final Fantasy game, which currently lasts 40 hours thanks to Aaron Gonzalez Santome, having been reached in 2015. The stream is also a fundraiser, with £ 448 raised for The National Society for Epilepsy so far.
At the time of writing, there are five hours to go until TSM at least hits the current record, so there is still time to head into the stream and collect more for the cause.
The National Epilepsy Society covers a wide range of areas, including care for people with epilepsy and research into other treatments. It is also an advocacy group which, as the website explains, “[strives] push epilepsy up the political agenda and bring about changes at the government level. ”
If you would like to donate as part of TSM’s fundraiser, you can do so on the Go Fund Me page of the event.
Games and charity events have long gone hand in hand, but more so throughout the pandemic. The gaming community has used the live broadcast to raise funds for a number of causes, including humanitarian aid in Palestine and aid for COVID-19.
Most recently, it was announced that the charity for disabled gamers, AbleGamers, has raised $ 1 million. It was part of the year-long fundraising initiative, SpawnTogether, which has seen dozens of content creators hold smaller fundraisers. The donation campaign was a huge success, gaining the support of celebrities such as Brie Larson and Ryan Reynolds.
AbleGamers COO, Steven Spohn, was delighted with the results: “I am absolutely blown away by the outpouring of love and support. When I took this trip I thought we were going to raise a few thousand dollars. I massively underestimated the wave of support this amazing community has for the things that matter most to them. Finally, we’re at a point where people really believe that everyone should be able to play. ”
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