Non-profit organization CheckPoint has launched a 48-marathon of gaming to support its campaign to raise funds for a webseries that aims to help people with mental health issues using the power of video games. The charity’s Kickstarter has raised over $27,000 to date.
“If we get funded, we’ll produce a high quality, 16-episode series to raise awareness for mental health issues, reduce stigma, and improve the well-being of people all over the world. And we’re going to use games and game culture to do it,” said Dr. Jennifer Hazel, founder and executive director of CheckPoint.
The WEBseries, currently titled CHECKPOINT, will feature evidence-based advice from mental health professionals, as well as stories of lived experience from members of the games industry, including developers, journalists and content creators. As the first project of its kind, the charity hopes the webseries will potentially change or even save lives.
The fundraising livestream began at 10am EDT (12am AEST, May 20), and is supported by content creators from all over the world. There will be special stream-exclusive reward tiers for the audience and CheckPoint is offering a series of giveaways as incentive to take part. The marathon will conclude at 10am EDT on the May 21 (12am AEST, May 22).
The streamer schedule has also been posted. Participants include:
Audience prizes include:
GAMES (PAL versions only, suitable for distribution in ANZ):
- 3x Limited Pip-Boy Editions Fallout 4 on PS4
- 2x Limited Pip-Boy Editions Fallout 4 on XBox One
- Limited Edition DOOM on PS4
- Limited Edition DOOM on XBox One
- Limited Edition Dishonoured 2 on PC
2x 3-day Passes to PAX Australia
- Mini Metro
- The Dream Machine
- Qube DC
- Dungeon League
- Goat Punks
- Vertiginous Golf
- Hacknet Labyrinth
- Crypt of the Necrodancer
- A Virus Named Tom
- Hand of Fate
- Assault Android Cactus
- Fran Bow
ROCCAT Kone EMP gaming mouse
- Finding Dory prize pack
- Sprukits Superman Model Build Kit
- Sprukits Joker Model Build Kit
- prukits Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Model Build Kit (all 4 characters)