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Wha t is Extra Life? 
Extra Life, a fundraising program of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, leverages the passion of the gaming community to rally support for our 170 member hospitals. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids.
Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $40 million for member hospitals.
How to participate
Sign up: Pledge to play games from your home or online. Play during the 24-hour marathon (Nov 4th) or on any day that works for you! Fundraise & Recruit: Ask your family and friends to donate to your fundraising. Create a team and recruit others to join you! Play games, heal kids: Raise funds, have fun, and help heal kids at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital!  
Why support Extra Life and CMN Hospitals?

More than 10 million kids enter Children's Miracle Network Hospital across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Extra Life is among various programs that support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Getting Started
•Customize your participant page   •Utilize the team captain tools in the Extra Life Dashboard   •Use the Extra Life Mobile Fundraising Apps   •Make a plan for Game Day   •Send a dedicated e-blast   •Share (and share often) on your social media channels   •Write a blog post   Have a question? Join the discussion here or on our Discord!

Jack Gardner
Today Kaz Hirai announced the end of an era. Not the real Kaz Hirai, of course, the president and CEO of Sony probably has more pressing things on his plate than a Twitter account. No, the legendary CEO Kaz Hirai parody account released a statement to let the world know that 2018 would be the final year it would be active. 
In a rare moment of seriousness, the fake Kaz Hirai explained why the account would be coming to an end:
So, we have a few more months of jovial jabs at the game industry from the best fake CEO around, but after that? The game industry's social media landscape will be a slightly colder place. Here's to you, Fake Kaz Hirai!

Jack Gardner
Sometimes people pick up games and never feel inclined to pay for the season pass. For people who never opted to buy the season pass or DLC for Star Wars Battlefront, EA has a sweet deal: A free season pass. The only hitch? You'll need to own Star Wars Battlefront on PC and the free season pass will only be available through EA's Origin service.
The pass usually retails for $20, so it's a no-brainer to go download it if you have Battlefront on Origin. The free release comes as part of EA's ongoing On The House program that periodically releases free games and/or DLC to its Origin users. Heck, even if you don't own Star Wars Battlefront, you can still log into Origin and claim the season pass - you just won't be able to play it.
The season pass includes the Death Star, Bespin, the Outer Rim, and Rogue One: Scarif. These four bundles add sixteen maps, eight hero/villain characters, and four game modes.
The On The House program is a pretty sweet deal, but it never announces when its offers will end. If a season pass for Star Wars Battlefront sounds enticing, you'd better download it sooner rather than later. 
The sequel, Star Wars Battlefront II releases on November 17, so this On The House offer is probably meant to drum up some additional excitement for the impending release.

Hey Extra Lifers,
We are at the halfway mark end of an exciting new campaign called Cheer For Kids on Twitch! In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, our great friends at Twitch are donating $2 for every 1,000 bits cheered when you use the #charity hashtag to Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 
We are currently over $62,000 $82,000 $100,000 raised! That's a lot of bits! There is still time to raise even more though, so add #charity to your cheers in chat. 
Let's make a final run and #CheerforKids! MOAR BITS!

The campaign only lasts until September 19th so head on over to your favorite Twitch partner or affiliate's channel and #CheerForKids today!

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