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Jack Gardner
Every hospital is different. Each of the wonderful places that is supported by Extra Lifers across the US and Canada has its own set of holiday traditions and happenings. Those events reflect the deeply personal stories that play out in the halls and rooms of those Children's Miracle Network Hospitals every day. In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite stories from hospitals located all over North America!
 
SickKids’ Milk & Cookies
 
 
Everyone loves to kick back during the holidays with some cookies and milk to wash them down! In recognition of this, SickKids launched a fundraising initiative to partner with bakers and cookie manufacturers to do some good with all of the sweet things being sold. Their partners include the likes of Walmart, Toppers, Girl Gang Goodies, General Mills, and more! One of their biggest sponsors is Oreo. The company pledged to donate at least $500,000 CAD to SickKids - all fueled by the sales of cookies sold during the holiday season. Check out their full list of sponsors to find some goodies that might also spread a little bit of cheer at SickKids! 
 
Ignite Hope at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
 

 
In 2011, a young girl named Katie found herself diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer. The 15-year-old's illness was so rare that it only affects five in one million kids. During her fight at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Katie's friends and church group gathered at the hospital to hold a vigil by candlelight. The gathering and its shining lights burned in the darkness and giving all of the kids at Phoenix Children's along with Katie the gift of hope during the holidays. This has now become a growing and yearly tradition, called Ignite Hope, carrying on the legacy of hope that Katie left for those she loved after she passed away in 2013. 
 
The event has also taken on a fundraising aspect with the Hope Fund, which raises money to help fund over 60 programs at Phoenix Children's Hospital. This helps kids to feel more at home while at the hospital via animal-assisted therapy, pastoral care, music therapy, and child life programs. This year, over 3,000 people came together across two different events on December 14th and managed to raise $453,000 USD, a new record for Ignite Hope! This was helped by sponsors like Pizza Hut, 1Wish, 12 News, iHeart Media, and more.
 
 
Christmas Tree Farm at Children’s of Alabama
 

 
Mark Miller has been bringing Christmas to Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. This year, he brought over 340 trees donated by his colleagues across 30 different stores to the hospital, allowing kids to pick out their own trees to decorate and feel a bit of the holiday spirit while they are away from their homes and families during this difficult time of the year. The event came completely magical with fake snow and an appearance by Santa Claus himself! 
 
Miller was inspired to lead this Christmas tree farm to honor the memory of his daughter, Mary Beth, who passed away in 2013 due to complications with her heart. It hurt him to think of kids who might be alone in the hospital, away from their family's holiday traditions, so he started the Christmas tree farm. Kids who weren't well enough to make it down to the event had trees brought to them. It's a stellar tradition that helps kids feel a little bit less alone and isolated in the hospital during the holidays. 
 
The World's Largest Lego Menorah for El Paso Children’s Hospital
 
 
There's something big happening in El Paso, Texas. Earlier this month, the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso gathered to celebrate Hanukkah a bit early by bringing numerous families in the community together for an impressive project. Together, the community constructed a 10ft tall menorah out of 70,000 Lego pieces. The size of the menorah makes it unique as the world's largest menorah constructed out of Lego pieces.
 
The menorah project was more than just for fun, however. The project is one of a number of interfaith Lego building projects that will be happening during the holidays. The event organizers used a building project to teach middle schoolers about wind power with windmill construction sessions. On top of that, the Jewish Federation went to Vino Nuevo Church where they worked with members of other faiths to build the old city of Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, as well as many other historical landmarks.
 
These events regularly draw hundreds of participants and viewers. The draw opens them up to some wonderful opportunities to do good in the El Paso community. For example, the proceeds raised from the construction of the menorah went toward supporting the El Paso Children's Hospital.
 
We wish you all a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a stellar Solstice, and a bright Kwanzaa. In short, may you all have a festive holiday season!
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
Nerd Stash came into the Extra Life fold beginning in 2018. The gaming website formed Team Nerd Stash, a community of 12 amazing streamers who work together to stream every day of the year. The strategy that they have adopted turns that dedication into a constant call to action from their community to participate in and donate to Extra Life.
 
In total, the team has managed to raise almost $50,000 USD for Kentucky Children’s Hospital since 2018. they accomplished this by mobilizing their community with year-round support streams and events. Not all of these were explicitly big events for Extra Life, but they also held hyped super streams to rally interest and coordinate strategic giveaways that included games, physical swag, and more to create donation incentives.
This kind of dedication to charitable giving, specifically to benefit Extra Life, has been baked into Nerd Stash from the beginning. Their About Us page reads:
They describe their Twitch channel as being completely all-in on fundraising for Extra Life. Everything they are able to bring in financially through their streaming goes directly toward their Extra Life total. Team Nerd Stash relates their efforts in the following words:
This year, Team Nerd Stash decided that not only would all of their streaming activity benefit Extra Life, but they would host not one, not two, but four epic marathons to raise money for the kids. The marathons coordinated with each season, spring, summer, fall, and winter, with the most recent kicking off on December 13th. Each of these super streams went 60 hours straight, making their total marathon time 10 times more than the traditional 24 hour marathon the majority of Extra Lifers experience on Game Day. With prizes donated or procured from Bungie, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Xbox, and more, the team pushed hard throughout their streams to raise money, spread cheer, and hand out their prizes.
 
We want to thank the Nerd Stash team for going above and beyond with their dedication. They demonstrated the energy that helps to mobilize the people who make Extra Life possible in the first place. This is the kind of effort that drives Extra Life and pushes everyone in the community to do as much as they can every year for the kids. Thank you, Team Nerd Stash and everyone who contributed to their success by donating, sharing on social media, or going the distance and joining the team in fundraising. You are all absolutely incredible for what you do for the children who need help in your communities.
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
2019 marks the fifth year Kinda Funny has participated in Extra Life and the first year the organization has broken the elusive $100,000 USD barrier! The fan-centered company began in 2015 after its four founders left IGN and began an incredibly popular podcasting and gaming network. Members of their community became known as "best friends," a collection of people who fostered their fandom and connected respectfully with one another. One of the best friends, Eric Thompson, created Team Kinda Funny to bring the community, and eventually the full organization, into the effort to help kids across the US and Canada. 
 
That first year, Team Kinda Funny was able to more than double their initial goal of $25,000 USD to raise over $50,000 USD for the kids! Since then, Team Kinda Funny has made a habit of breaking through expectations. The team has now raised well over $400,000 USD for kids across North America since they got their start! That's the kind of achievement that truly touches countless lives and helps more children than we can wrap our heads around. The way the team has come together over the years was compiled into an almost hour-long documentary about Kinda Funny and its wonderful community of best friends. 
 
 
Donations were raised via streaming on Game Day and extra efforts like holding shirt design contests and putting those designs up for sale. This year's design was created by Cameron Kennedy, host of Important Business. You can grab the shirt for a limited time, with all profits from the shirt going to Extra Life and helping Kinda Funny set their fundraising bar even higher for next year! 
 
Team Kinda Funny's fundraising page really says it all:
 
Everyday, we hear your stories about how video games better your life; how they help you cope with stress and give you a place to escape the world around you. Some of you have shared how video games have helped you through tough times, including times of serious illness. We know how important gaming is to you, and we’re a part of Extra Life because it’s an opportunity for us, as a gaming community, and as a community of best friends, to make a real change in the lives of sick children.
 
The bulk of 2019's donations that contributed toward Team Kinda Funny's smashing success went to three hospitals: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland, California, Sanford Children's in Fargo, North Dakota, and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York. The opportunities Team Kinda Funny has made possible in those locations and numerous other places across the continent can't be overstated.
 

 
We want to say thank you to the wonderful people who have come together over the past five years to make some good in the world, both the best friends in Kinda Funny's community, the personalities on screen or on mic during streams, and the people working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. You're incredible and we can't wait to see all of the amazing things you're going to do for the community and the world. 
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
Studio Wildcard made a name for themselves by creating the popular survival game called ARK: Survival Evolved and the still-under-construction pirate MMO ATLAS. Since 2015, Studio Wildcard has been one of Extra Life's fastest growing supporters. Their first year fundraising, they brought in over $20,000 USD. The team managed to pull in over $110,000 USD this year. In total, the folks at the studio and their fans have managed to raise over $300,000 USD. That's freaking incredible and we are absolutely blown away by what they are doing for the kids across the country and especially at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. 
 
Over the past three years, Extra Life's head Mike Kinney has hopped onto Studio Wildcard's stream to do a Game Day interview. As a guest, Mike has been able to spread the message of Extra Life and explain what it is and the good the organization does for kids across the US and Canada. This year, Studio Wildcard's stream kicked off with Mike's now traditional appearance. We were honored to be able to participate and contribute in a small way to the team's Game Day activities!
 
Studio Wildcard's Game Day plans were extravagant. The team streamed on their Twitch channel for 24 hours beginning at 9am PST on November 2nd. The stream featured a series of interviews starting with the aforementioned Mike Kinney interview. Later on in their schedule, the team interviewed sponsors like Alienware, Discord, and also brought on developers working on ARK and ATLAS. Between those high-profile chats, Studio Wildcard played games in real life on-stream. 
 
One of the biggest draws of the stream, however, was Studio Wildcard's reveal of the upcoming Genesis DLC for ARK. These information drops occurred every two hours, providing fans of the game ample incentive to stay tuned and donate. Exciting new items, locations, creatures, and features took center stage during those reveals, like the introduction of the Lunar Biome Environment which brings the survival game to the surface of the moon. 
 
 
 
On top of all of that, Studio Wildcard managed to attract several partners for the stream including AMD, Alienware, MSI, Elgato, Discord, Nitrado, and more. In total, these partners and the studio itself accrued over $10,000 USD in prizes to use as giveaways. These included shirts, plushies, goodie bags filled with cool stuff, collector's editions of amazing games, season passes for their Genesis DLC, and more!
 
Additionally, during the stream, the team boosted the rates for how fast players could progress through the skills and levels of both ARK and ATLAS. Every $5,000 USD donated to their team gave all players a 0.5x multiplier for the experience they earned, stacking up to 8x. Each donor to the stream received a forum badge for ARK or ATLAS and those who donated over $500 USD would receive a golden badge. As a super special perk, those who donated over $2,500 USD got added to the credits of both ARK and ATLAS as an Extra Life Superfan.
 
This all goes so far above and beyond what we ever could have expected. The amount of good this does for hospitals across North America can't be overstated. The work Studio Wildcard has done over the years has helped kids get treatment, either by providing them the facilities they need or paying for their care. We are blown away. Thank you so much to each and every person who helped pull together these events every year since 2015 and the community for turning out to support Studio Wildcard's efforts with each new year. Your efforts matter. Thank you. 
 
#ForTheKids
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
Game gear company KontrolFreek has been supporting Extra Life for years, bringing incredible passion to their fundraising efforts, and this year is no exception. Tomorrow, the wonderful folks at KontrolFreek will begin streaming for a full day of weird and wild gaming hijinks. Since the stream is taking place during the holiday season, KontrolFreek has also organized a series of giveaways as donation incentives! 
 
The stream will begin tomorrow, December 14th, at 11am EST and continue until 9pm EST. The KontrolFreek team plans on livestreaming non-stop from their Atlanta headquarters. The KontrolFreek Day of Giving Charity Stream will be benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a facility that supports over 60 specialties and programs for children across the state of Georgia. Be sure to tune into the stream, which you can find over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, throughout the day for a chance to win cool donation prizes from their corporate sponsors.
 
 
Everyone who donates $5 USD or more to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page during their official stream will be entered into a giveaway contest for a slew of incredible items donated for them to use for their fundraising efforts. Prizes have been donated by some of the leading brands in gaming. For a $5 USD donation, you could win products from Gunnar, Legion, Meta, DXRacer, Kill Cliff, Lenovo, and Turtle Beach! You can also gun for the coveted spot of top donor during the stream, which will guarantee the person behind the donation a win in the contest. 
 
Furthermore, at various points throughout the stream, KontrolFreek's dedicated streamers will be opening "mystery boxes." These boxes contain three escalating levels of disgusting and embarrassing challenges for those who open them, all for the entertainment of the audience. The more that people donate, the worse things will get for the streamers, and they are only too happy to oblige when its all going toward helping the kids of Georgia. We applaud KontrolFreek's dedication to the kids, thank you so much to the brave streamers putting themselves on the line. 
 

 
Tomorrow will be an exciting time over on KontrolFreek's Twitch channel, so be sure to follow along with the shenanigans. If you want to support, you can donate to KontrolFreek's Extra Life page or even join their team and host your own stream inspired by the efforts of the KontrolFreek team! All donations count toward 2019's Extra Life fundraising total until the end of December. 
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
Having trouble coming up with ideas for what gifts to pick up for the holidays? Sometimes buying gifts for the gamer in your life can be difficult when venturing beyond the actual games themselves. We dug through the internet to find four gift ideas outside of the norm to put on your list or pick up for your loved ones.
 
Fortnite Yoga Pants
 

 
Sometimes you want to rock an eye-catching look to yoga while also subtly signaling your nerdiness to the world. These Loot Llama leggings will accomplish both goals flawlessly. Inspired by the infamous Loot Llama of Fortnite fame, these will certainly add color to any yoga-goer’s ensemble.
 
Gaming Pet Collars
 

 
If you haven’t ever looked into the world of handmade video crafts on Etsy, there’s more to discover than you can imagine. One of the most unique and practical items you can purchase on the site are collars for your dog or any other kind of pet. There are fantastic ones inspired by gaming controllers, Space Invaders, and The Legend of Zelda series. One of our favorites is a collar that uses the opening legend scroll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in its design.  
 
Pac-Man Makeup Line  
 

 
If you are looking for a way to represent your love of old-school gaming or for the perfect finishing touch on your look for that hip neighborhood arcade outing, cosmetics company Wet n’ Wild has an official partnership with the Pac-Man brand to sell makeup based on the iconic gaming franchise. Each item has been designed both in color scheme and packaging to be reminiscent of the series, making it a fun gift for any fan of gaming.
 
Nerdy/Cool Keyboard Customization
 

 
Keyboard customization has become a rapidly expanding hobby industry. You can find artisans to create key caps for mechanical keyboards that incorporate cute or cool designs inspired by video games or characters from pop culture. For laptops or keyboards that don’t have easily removed caps, you can find handmade decals to make your functional keyboard into a piece of art that can serve as an outlet for self-expression. You can find all kinds of people who make these things across the internet, like TinyMakesThings (who is also an Extra Lifer!) or various artists who offer decal or key cap services, like TooMcCoolForYou and their sweet Pokémon keyboard decal set.
 
If none of these are terribly interesting, you could always make sure that loved one has a Platinum Extra Life profile for 2019 and help them hit the $200 goal to get them the sweet and exclusive t-shirt design for the year. That way, you know your money is going to a good cause and letting your gamer flag fly by rocking one of our super cool gaming t-shirts. You can do this anytime from now until the end of December.
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
For the third year in a row, ArenaNet, the developer behind the popular Guild Wars 2 MMO, participated in Extra Life. Over the past two years, Team ArenaNet managed to raise over $80,000 USD for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This past year, ArenaNet set up a Super Team that includes 9 sub-teams and nearly 500 team members that includes staff, community members, and fans. Through their combined efforts, ArenaNet and its community have raised over $145,000 this year alone, bringing their lifetime fundraising total to well over $225,000 USD for kids all across the US and Canada.  
 
"We're on a mission to show the world that gaming is the best form of entertainment, the best way to make new friends, and most importantly, the best way to raise money for children's hospitals!" - Official ArenaNet statement
 
ArenaNet provided support beyond encouraging employees to participate in Game Day fundraising. In the lead up to the big day, they put out a blog post letting everyone in the Guild Wars 2 community know that all donations up to $25,000 USD would be matched by ArenaNet. That means that when their fundraising hit $25,000 USD total, ArenaNet also donated $25,000, doubling the funds raised up until that point. 
 
Of course, the Guild Wars 2 community didn't just let things end there. Streamers and staff members were able to work together to bring in almost three times that $50,000 USD during their Game Day efforts. That's an incredible achievement for a developer and its community to reach by cooperating and coordinating together and we want to thank everyone; the ArenaNet employees who went out of their way to help arrange the fundraiser, corporate for providing matching funds, and the fans who played and spread the word to bring in an astonishing amount of donations. You all did an incredible job and a huge number of kids are going to be able to get the treatment they need thanks to your efforts. Thank you so much!  
 

 
If you want to continue showing that support until the end of the year, you can! Team registration is open throughout the year, so you can head over to the Team ArenaNet Extra Life page to create a sub-team or join the larger Super Team and hold your own personal Game Day to raise money for sick and injured kids in the Children's Miracle Network Hospital of your choice, or donate to the overall team's total to help them set a new fundraising record for 2019. Every donation from now until the end of December sets the bar for next year even higher!
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
Salesforce has been a long-time supporter of Extra Life through its Fragforce Extra Life team. These intrepid members of the Salesforce company go out of their way every year to raise money for Extra Life as well as several other excellent charity organizations. The Fragforce team has been able to raise over $350,000 USD for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada.
 
From the beginning, Salesforce has been one of the most charitable companies out there. The company's CEO, Mark Benioff, is the namesake of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, an achievement that speaks to the underlying ethos of Salesforce. On top of that, the company's support of the Fragforce Extra Life team through employee matching has been a massive factor in the success of their fundraising efforts. Salesforce Employees have taken advantage of the company's matching donations to supercharge the money that goes to supporting kids who need help the most. 
 
Fragforce has had a significant Extra Life United presence over the past few years. This past year, Dave Denison, a member of Fragforce, came up with a brilliant idea. He bought a version of Munchkin that allows players to draw their own cards. He was able to have Champion Kids from across the US and Canada draw their own cards for the popular tabletop game. After that, an impromptu tournament was put together with the winner taking home a $500 USD grant from Salesforce to support the hospital of their choice. Not only that, the one-of-a-kind game made with the passion of those kids was put up for auction, eventually being bought for $550 USD. 
 

 
“The idea of being able to gain a few extra volunteer hours (while doing something I spent far too much time doing anyway), was what initially intrigued me. However, after joining Fragforce and touring UCSF Benioff Hospital, I was awestruck at seeing firsthand how much Children’s Miracle Network and Extra Life do to help these kids, and how our fundraising directly empowers them.”
 
– Ben Gray, Salesforce.com, Software Engineering
 
For what the awesome members of Fragforce are able to do with the support of Salesforce, we cannot thank them enough. It's inspiring to see a company and its workers coming together to help the kids in their communities while having fun and forming genuine, lasting connections. The creativity Fragforce shows the world every year is astounding and we are honored that they choose to spend their time helping kids through Extra Life. 
 
One thing that can really bring fundraising efforts to the next level is a matching donation from a company. Many actually have these programs, though they can be a bit hard to find. If you are looking to increase your fundraising to hit your goal or just to do as much good in the world as possible, consider asking your manager or browsing your company's corporate site to see if they will match the donations you receive for Extra Life. It's a simple step that can do a lot for the kids in your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. 
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
Extra Life Nerds, formerly known as Team Nerdery, has been going strong for several years, fundraising for kids in Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, and Arizona. The group grew out of employees at the various Nerdery offices discovering Extra Life and wanting to leverage their nerdy interests in a way that could give back to their various communities and the hospitals that had helped them and their children. Finding that the group had grown larger than just those within the company, they changed their name to Extra Lifer Nerds as both a nod to their roots and a more welcoming name for newcomers. 
 
Troy Cleland took leadership of the team from the very beginning. Playing for Extra Life for the past 9 years, Troy was given the Angels in Action Award last year for everything he has done to contribute to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota through his work with Extra Life Nerds and as president of the Twin Cities Extra Life Guild. Under his leadership, fundraising events around the state have been empowered to find success and support their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. With Extra Life Nerds specifically, Troy has captained the team to raise nearly $200,000 USD since the team began its fundraising efforts, consistently putting Extra Life Nerds in the top 20 teams raising money #ForTheKids. 
 
The Extra Life Nerds team incorporates over 130 gamers across their four central locations. Part of the success that the group has found is in turning parts of the office spaces within the Nerdery into community gaming spaces for Game Day. The company donates the space which those running the events can then use for Rock Band/Karaoke venues, VR stations, auction space, rooms for tabletop roleplaying games like D&D, space for people to bring in consoles or PCs of their own, and more. The Minnesota location, for example, even has an annual midnight dodge ball game! 
 
 
Giving local gamers a place to go if they want to participate in a big group event for Extra Life has helped Extra Life Nerds grow every year and make their Game Days a draw for the entire community. The  employees at the Nerdery are able to leverage their connections with the tech industry to snag cool incentives for giveaways and auctions, giving everyone a chance to pick up something cool during their time marathoning for the kids, confident that the money they bid is going to a great cause.
 
A huge thank you to Extra Life Nerds for everything they have done for the kids of Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Phoenix Children's Hospital, KU Medical Center, and more. If you're interested in joining or donating to the Extra Life Nerds team, you can head over to their Extra Life team page. You can also sign up for updates on the team's activities on the website the team built to help organize itself.
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

Jack Gardner
Game Informer has been turning out to support Extra Life since 2011. Their efforts began as a community effort for that first year before snowballing, drawing in the editors and artists that work on the magazine and website. Since then, the team's Game Day stream has grown larger and larger with each passing year. This year, Game Informer's streaming efforts and their wonderful community managed to raise almost $80,000. In total, the Game Informer team has managed to raise almost $350,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
To achieve their stellar results year after year, Game Informer has been able to come up with a great Game Day program. The editors on working the live stream focused on group games to foster a competitive spirit along with a couple strategically picked solo titles to bring in additional viewers. Divided into 1-2 hour blocks of time, Game Informer's staff played party games like Pictionary and Jackbox Party Pack 6 with the audience while challenging one another in matches of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Goldeneye, and Heave Ho. Other segments had editors providing commentary while playing through The Last of Us: Left Behind, Final Fantasy VII, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Hard Mode. Throughout all of this, viewers were able to donate to force editors into a wide variety of masks and suits, pie one another in the face, or even eat bugs or the notorious clam-dy canes.
 
 
However, one of the biggest draws to the Extra Life stream every year are the auctions. During various chunks of time throughout the 25-hour Game Day stream, the livestream would switch over to the auction desk, where unique, one-of-a-kind items were put up for viewers to bid on in the Twitch and YouTube chats. These auctions included unobtainable shirts that had been used as promotional items for games going all the way back to the 90s, gaming themed bundles, consoles, rare collector's editions, signed magazines by the staff, signed posters from development teams, action figures, and so much more. These are things that usually can no longer be bought anywhere else, so the auctions draw a lot of attention from hardcore gaming fans. 
 

 
While those auctions and opportunities have come and gone for 2019, those who want to continue to support Game Informer still can! If you are interested in joining their team to do an end of the year fundraising stream or donating to their overall total, you can do so on Game Informer's Extra Life team page.  
 
Finally, we just want to say thank you to everyone in the Game Informer community and everyone who worked so hard on the Game Informer staff who gave their time and energy to helping kids. It's so inspiring to see you all come together, whether that's over the Game Day stream or an obscure game like OverBlood, to do something incredible to support the most vulnerable among us in getting the care they need to live happy and healthy lives. 
 
It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! 

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