Since 2009, Zeldathon events have raised over $875,000 for good causes
At 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 17, an all-star gathering of over 60 video gamers will begin Zeldathon, a gaming marathon expected to last longer than five days, all to raise funds for Direct Relief.
At Zeldathon, gamers play The Legend of Zelda series for 120 or more consecutive hours, while broadcasting their gameplay on Twitch, the leading social video platform and community for gamers and a primary sponsor.
With a fundraising goal of $200,000, the upcoming event will offer a variety of incentives and challenges, including sing-alongs, strange food combinations, embarrassing costumes, and more – tactics that have helped grow Zeldathon into one of the world’s most successful gaming marathons for charity.
Since 2009, Zeldathon has raised more than $875,000 for charities such as Direct Relief, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and charity:water, with the latest marathon, held in December 2015, drawing 600,000 unique visitors and raising over $250,000 for the charity HelpHOPELive.
100% of funds raised through these marathons have gone directly to charity.
For more information, press assets, or to tune into the event, visit http://zeldathon.net.
Zeldathon, a biannual marathon of Legend of Zelda games to raise money for various charities, has opened donations for this year’s second event. On December 27 starting at 4p PST, dozens of gamers will gather to stream Zelda games on Twitch to raise money for HelpHOPELive, a “community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses.”
Proving that charitable fundraisers aren’t limited to bake sales and golf tournaments, the team at Zeldathon – a semiannual gathering of socially-minded Zelda enthusiasts – has raised more than $300,000 for charities worldwide by livestreaming their gameplay of the The Legend of Zelda series.
While the majority of us play games simply for entertainment or perhaps because it’s our biggest hobby, some groups use that passion to set world records, enter competitions or, in the case of Zeldathon, try and raise a lot of cash for charity.
A group of gamers and Zelda series fans have come together under the team name of Fun For Freedom to create what they call a “Zeldathon.” The group will play through Nintendo’s popular RPG adventure games for charity over the next five days while streaming their antics on this Twitch.tv channel.