I wanted to take this opportunity to share some important news. We’ve teamed up with Extra Life to help raise money for children in need. Extra Life is a charity raising money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. It’s a cause that’s very near to my heart, as I spent a few weeks in the hospital shortly after I was born. I can definitely say that without the care I received there, I wouldn’t be there today. Likewise, I have several friends whose young children have battled or are still battling serious disease and illness. I’m sure most, if not all, of you also have similar stories and connections.
And so, it is in this spirit that we embark on this mission together. We’ll be playing games for 24 hours straight on October 25th to help raise funds. We’ll also be streaming the whole thing on Twitch.tv/xbox. We invite you to join us! Donate directly to the cause, or join our team and help spread the word.
We talked with Rick H., the community manager for Extra Life, at PAX. If you want to know more about the program, check out the replay, or check out the Extra Life homepage linked above.
Just in case doing good by itself isn’t enough of a reward for you, we do have a few goodies to help sweeten the pot. If you join the team and help raise money, you could qualify for some awesome Extra Life rewards. We’ve also got some great swag from groups within Microsoft Studios to give away, so check out the donation page, and keep an eye out for updates.
And last but certainly not least, if we work together and raise $10,000 total, I will shave my beard! That’s right, BarbarossaBlade, the team redbeard, will ditch the beard. Gone. I might have to find a new name – can’t very well call myself redbeard without a beard, can I?
I’ll probably look like I’m 17 again, but it will be worth it. After all, we’re doing it for the kids.