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Will you game for change?

There's never been a better time to game! Games are fantastic ways to unwind after a long day, hang out with distant friends, and they can even be used to educate!

Gaming is also one of the fastest-growing ways to raise money for charity. Whether you're live-streaming a playthrough or playing privately with friends, you can raise life-changing amounts of money with your PC or console.

By fundraising for Young Epilepsy, you are joining the quest to make the world safer and more accessible to children and young people with epilepsy.

How to fundraise

  • 1 Pick a date and a game
  • 2 Create a fundraising page
  • 3 Tell the world what you're doing
  • 4 Game on, player!

If you're a live-streamer, you can link your streams to us on Tiltify and fundraise that way!

If you don't want to live-stream, then that's ok too! You can fundraise for your gaming challenge with a JustGiving page

If you haven't live-streamed before but want to, you can find out how to create a Twitch account here.

If you are under 18, you need permission from a parent or guardian. See our Safe Gaming guidelines for advice on health and security.

Safe Gaming guidelines

Challenge ideas

  • Speed Run
  • Zero upgrades
  • Pacifist run
  • Permadeath
  • Battle Royale

Tag team challenge - like a marathon, but with naps! Play with a mate in shifts, taking regular breaks.

Overachiever challenge - for anyone who loves the detail. Get 100% on your favourite game.

Team Building challenge - perfect for schools and groups! Recreate a famous landmark in Minecraft, The Sims, Lego Worlds, etc. Build your hometown or something you're learning about, take it in turns throughout the day, and ask families to donate.

Not sure what challenge to do? Contact the Gaming team or join our Discord server to find out how others are gaming for change.

Epilepsy triggers

Every gamer deserves the peace of mind to know the adventure they're embarking on is safe for them to play. Below are some of the potential triggers can can be found in games. If you have any concerns about how gaming will affect your epilepsy, please speak to a nurse or GP before playing.

  • Nausea

    Using a virtual reality headset can cause motion sickness. There have also been reports of first-person games causing slight nausea.

  • Flashing lights

    Most games are legally obliged to include a warning if they are likely to include flashing lights or flashing animations.

  • Jump scares

    Sudden loud noises can trigger a seizure in some people. These are known as startle seizures, or reflex seizures.

  • Stress

    Whilst many use games to relax, some games can also be causes of stress due to their fast-paced action and combat.

  • Hunger and thirst

    Gaming for too long can affect your nutrition which in turn impacts your epilepsy health. Keep a bottle of water and a snack supply with you.

  • Tiredness

    If you play games for too long or play during the night time, then it can disrupt your sleep pattern and effect your epilepsy so take regular breaks.

Safe Gaming guidelines
Cyber EssentialsFundraising RegulatorYoung Epilepsy is the operating name of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy Charitable Trust.
Registered Charity number 311877 (England and Wales)

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