Extra Life and Sony partner for charity drive
Charitable foundation Extra Life is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment America to host this year's series of 25-hour gaming marathons to raise money for hospitals within the Children's Miracle Network.

The first 50,000 participants that raise $10 or more will earn a 30-day PlayStation Plus membership. The first 20,000 that clear the $25, $50 and $75 goals will win When Vikings Attack, Wipeout HD and LittleBigPlanet Vita, respectively. The event's grand prize consists of a 1 year PS+ membership and "a lineup of PS4 games" that includes Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Driveclub. It will be awarded to the team that raises the most funds from today until 8am PST on November 3.

If you're interested in participating, sign up here. Due to laws in the UK and Australia restricting the ability of non-profit organizations to raise funds in either country, international participants will need to play their marathons for the benefit of the international efforts of three hospitals: Boston Children's, SickKids in Toronto, or Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
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"Extra Life" Online Gaming Event Teams Up with Sony Computer Entertainment America to Drive

Fundraising for Local Children's Hospitals

Join PlayStation and Register at Extra-Life.org,

Raise funds and "Game for Good" on Nov. 2nd

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 3, 2013) - Extra Life, an online charitable event embraced by thousands of gamers, is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) to drive awareness and donations for 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

Starting today, gaming fans have the opportunity to raise money for needed charitable funds, by signing up for an online fundraiser hosted by Extra Life.

By donating as little as $10, participants will earn a 30-day PlayStation®Plus membership. Donations of $25 or more will qualify individuals/teams to earn a selection of popular PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita, and PlayStation®4 titles.

Fundraising efforts all lead up to the "Extra Life" 24-hour gaming marathon, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. As the culminating event, fans and fundraisers can tune in to Extra-Life's homepage livestream and celebrate the community's fundraising efforts. After creating an online profile and establishing a fundraising goal, each participant becomes a fundraisinghero for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital of their choice.

Participants who meet established fundraising levels receive the following:

· Extra-Life.org registration – Exclusive Extra Life PS3™ theme (Unlimited)

· $10 - 30-day membership to PlayStation®Plus (first 50,000 participants)

The first 20,000 participants to reach these fundraising levels receive:

· $25 - When Vikings Attack!™ For the PS3 and PS Vita systems

· $50 - WipEout® HD for the PS3 system

· $75 - LittleBigPlanet™ for the PS Vita system

· Grand prize: One participant who raises the most funds today through Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. PST will win a lineup of PS4™ games, including Knack™, Killzone™ Shadowfall, and DRIVECLUB™ as well as a one year PS Plus membership and one year of Music Unlimited.

Funds raised during the Extra Life gaming event will directly benefit one Children's Miracle Network Hospital of each registered group/individual's choice. There are 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to choose from that each rely on donor support to provide medical equipment, therapy programs, research and uncompensated care.

"During the past five years, PlayStation fans have made up a significant portion of our fundraising force, and in effect have changed sick and injured kids' lives in their own communities," said Jeromy Adams, Founder, Extra Life. "We are beyond thrilled to have SCEA's support this year, and look forward to welcoming a whole new group of 'Extra Lifers' over the next month. No matter how you play, 'Extra Life' proves that gaming and doing good can be one and the same."

"We're always finding ways to give back to the community, and 'Extra Life' is one of the best ways to engage PlayStation fans to join us in helping those in need," said Matthew Harper, Sr. Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms. "PlayStation is for gamers, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to call on the PlayStation Nation to help us game for good."

Visit http://www.extra-life.org/SonyPlaystationRegistration to register, raise funds and have a chance to earn free PlayStation games.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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