A group of local video game podcasters and writers better known as The Critical Hit got together over the weekend to raise money in support of mental health initiatives in Winnipeg.
The event, live streamed on the internet, took place at Complex Games and was the 2nd annual gaming marathon for the team.
“This event was so much fun. We were really eager to make our second annual game-a-thon for charity even bigger and better than last year,” says Albertine Watson, newest member of The Critical Hit team and one of the event’s organizers.
Members of the CH team were joined by guests and local developers throughout the night, and played dozens of different games during the 24-hours in support of a fund they launched at The Winnipeg Foundation, A Critical Cause: Gamers for Mental Health.
The fund is augmented by the Foundation with $1 for every $5 raised, up to $2,000 per year.
More than $3,300 was raised in an endowment fund for mental health services and programs in Winnipeg. Donations are still being accepted on the fund’s page.
“From visits and interviews with great local game developers to playing games online with our viewers and of course raising more than $3300, I feel like we accomplished our goal,” says Watson.
“We’ve all dealt with mental illness in our lives, I’m just really excited to give something back,” says Justin Luschinski, one of the co-founders of The Critical Hit.
“We’re humbled by the support everyone has shown us, and we can’t wait for next year.”