Play Games, Help The Stollery: Everyone Wins

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This weekend sees the return of the non-stop gaming marathon otherwise known as Extra Life, the 24-hour hangout where more than 200 gamers get together to play in the name of good times and a great cause.

This year sees the party moved from West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace to the 16th floor of the Epcor Tower, so you’ll get to enjoy the stunning view of the city while making your way through a day’s worth of games. The gamers are in it for a great cause too – Extra Life raises money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Last year’s edition saw gamers raise a whopping $190,000 for the foundation. Whaaaat!?!

From board games, to Mario Kart, to tabletop games, to retro arcade machines, the choices are seriously endless. Meanwhile, there’ll be tournaments, contests, and other shenanigans to get into. Sounds like quite the wild ride, wouldn’t you say?

The festivities kick off at 1:30pm on Saturday and run until 1pm the next day, but if you aren’t into playing yourself, you can also catch the event as it unfolds over on their streaming Twitch channel here. Plus, check out their Twitter here for regular updates on the marathon.