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While Child's Play is not the only charity cause aimed at gamers helping kids, it has grown to become the most established and successful in the world. This is thanks in large part to recognition and support by the games industry itself, but most of all to millions of gamers the world over with generosity in their hearts.

Thanks to the power of internet word-of-mouth and video streaming, the generosity of video game fans has been purposed to encourage marathon play sessions of many excellent – and some terrible – titles both old and new. In most cases these are console games which allow for video streaming relatively easily, but games on handheld/portable systems are certainly not left out.

This page identifies some of the most successful known groups and streaming broadcasts that have contributed to charity causes by playing games. While grass roots efforts are wonderful and worthy of applause, some element of public participation (whether viewing, attending, and/or donating) for the cause is the criteria here. E.g. Jeff and Johnny playing NBA Jam qualifies, being held in a public arcade after being announced during a PAX panel.

Charity Organizations

Child's Play

  • Founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik, Jerry Holkins and the Penny Arcade community.

Extra Life

  • Founded in 2008 by Jeromy Adams and the Sarcastic Gamer community.


  • Founded in 2009 by Joe Markert, John "Seg" Seggerson, Chris Kohler, and Ed Seggerson in San Francisco, CA.

Marathons Supporting Child's Play

Marathons Supporting Extra Life

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