INDIANAPOLIS — Playing games for a good cause 24 hours a day sounds like a fair trade.
On Saturday, Extra Life took over the Boss Battle Game at Castleton Square Mall and held a 24-hour lock-in to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital.
Founded in 2008, Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world to participate in a 24-hour gaming marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their motto is “Play games to heal children.”
The 24-hour lock-in will take place on the same day at arcades around the world. 9 vs 6 game Influencers Brian Hoffman and Jake Richardson are running the show in Indy.
“We love what we do. A big part of what we do is donations and children,” Hoffman said. “Many of the games provided for review, if it doesn’t affect my personal life, I usually donate money to Extra Life for the purpose of giving back and giving back.”
Extra Life began as a tribute to Tori Enmon, a young leukemia patient at Texas Children’s Hospital, but has grown to help children around the world.
“Some of the local podcasters were raising money for her to do things like games, and it just snowballed and exploded from there in a pretty amazing way. It has increased,” Richardson said.
100% of the proceeds from the 24-hour lock-in event will be donated to local hospitals. Since the program’s inception, he has raised more than $100 million for the hospital.
The list of games scheduled for Saturday includes War Hammer Tabletop, Magic the Gathering, and Play to Win games among the big arcade games with boss battles.
ExtraLife typically holds a 24-hour lock-in on a daylight savings time night with an extra hour of game time, but this year it’s operating on a make-up schedule.
“We’d like to give a big shout out to Boss Battle Games here at Castleton Square Mall. They’re great and the facilities are great. If you’ve never been here before to check out this arcade. You have to check it out,” Hoffman said. “This is amazing. It includes some of the best games from my childhood. It’s like stepping into a nostalgic park.”
Extra Life has an Indianapolis Guild that meets once a month to help grow the Extra Life movement. For more information, here.