Gamers to Play it Up for Gillette Children's in Gaming Marathon

Updated: 10/24/2013 11:09 PM By: Naomi Pescovitz

Some teens spend hours playing video games. Twenty five hours may be too much, but that's how long they can play for an upcoming fundraiser. The marathon, called "Extra Life" raises money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare on Nov. 2.

Game Informer, a top gaming publication based in Minneapolis, has a team playing in the event. They are hoping to raise $15,000. The team raised more than $10,000 last year. Game Informer will also be live-streaming from their headquarters the day of the marathon.

"You don't have to have this central location. You can do it from your couch before you put your pants on in the morning and just do that and a lot of people end up doing that anyway during the weekend," said Game Informer Senior Associate Editor Tim Turi.

Game Informer is not the only team on board. So far this year more than 300 local gamers are registered and more than $24,000 has been raised for Gillette. Since 2010, Extra Life has raised more than $100,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

Extra Life benefits Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Across the country. Last year Extra Life raised $2.3 million dollars for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Click here to learn more about Extra Life or to sign up, registration is free.