Elite: Dangerous raises big money for charity with a 24-hour stream


The team at Frontier Developments put on quite a show on December 17th with a bit of livestreaming. But the Elite: Dangerous crew wasn’t just showing off a patch; no, it was a charity stream running for 24 hours straight, with money raised going to supporting SpecialEffect. That’s a charity devoted to helping people with special needs get support to play video games, so you can imagine that it’s a subject near and dear to the hearts of the team.

The stream raised a grand total of £43,000 for the charity, along with giving away items to the audience and putting up several bits of memorabilia up for charity auction. Our congratulations go out to the team for their effort and success at raising money for a worthy cause. There’s also a minor update with a variety of fixes for bugs that’s on the live servers today, so the team’s even giving back to its most devoted fans.

Source: Twitter, Charity stream, Patch notes; thanks to BalsBigBrother for the tip!
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Just to clarify it wasn’t just the Elite:Dangerous community this was the entire community from all of Frontiers games so Jurassic World Evolution and Planet Coaster were all equally represented along with their older games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 among others.

Everyone had a lot of fun and lots of tears were shed along the way too. Seeing the Special Effect videos of people with physical disabilities being able to play games, something which most of us I imagine take for granted and the sheer joy is gave them to be able to do so …. well I think several tons of onions were chopped over the 24 hour period. *sniffles happy tears*

Also donations are still being accepted and I believe will be into the New Year, with the current total at time of typing £44,251,

Donation link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Frontier-Developments