Microsoft has announced an upcoming Xbox LIVE charity event named 'Gaming and Giving for Good 2011', an event more simply known as G3 2011. The event aims to raise money for the Childrens' Miracle Network Hospitals, which provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick children each year. Gamers are encouraged to play their favourite games for as long as possible on October 1st, 2011 to help this worthy cause.
Players who are wanting to participate will need to register at the G3 website
. Each individual sets a fundraising target and will create a fundraising page. Donations are raised through sponsorship from friends and family per hour of game play and any number of hours can be pledged to the cause. Gamers can choose to raise funds for a specific hospital in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland or Australia, or raise money to go into the International Grant Fund.
To help gamers to reach their target, Microsoft is giving a free weekend of Gold Membership to Free Members on the weekend of October 1st. In a promotion that is exclusive to the US, Microsoft has also formed a partnership with GameStop, who are hosting in-store events to help raise awareness of the event.
To get the event started, GameStop and 2K Games have raised over $70,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Hulu, EA, Capcom Entertainment, Square Enix are amongst others who have pledged their support for the event.
If you ever needed to justify a reason for playing games over a long period of time, this is a perfect opportunity. All of the money raised will directly help sick children, and what can be a better reason than that?