by Will Park

Despite 48 hours of non-stop gaming, participants at the GeForce LAN 6 still found time to give back to charity, donating over $20,000 to Child’s Play.

Child’s Play is a grassroots gamers’ charity dedicated to providing books, toys and video games to children in over 70 hospitals worldwide, helping sick children have a more enjoyable hospital stay. The organization was started in 2003 by gamers who wanted to demonstrate that they care about the larger community and could use their resources to give back to others.

Child's Play charity accepts a donation from GeForce LAN 6 attendees and the NVIDIA Foundation.
Kristin Lindsay accepts a $20,000 check during the
GeForce LAN 6 closing ceremonies.

All this charitable giving would not have been possible without a coordinated effort. The GeForce LAN 6 attendees donated over $10,000 through their registration and received raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two gaming PCs donated by the generous folks at PDXLAN (built with parts donated by sponsors including EVGA, Patriot, Seagate, Antec, DangerDen and more). The NVIDIA Foundation also donated nearly $10,000 to the cause. When asked why he wanted to get involved in the charity aspect of GeForce LAN 6, Matt Conwell of PDXLAN commented, “It’s very important to me to let the world know the kindness and caring that really does exist in a gamer’s heart.”

The money raised during GeForce LAN 6 will help thousands of sick children in pediatric hospitals around the world. “The attendees, NVIDIA and the NVIDIA Foundation really came together for our cause, and the result was honestly overwhelming! When gamers show their generosity, it really makes a huge difference.” said Kristin Lindsay, foundation coordinator for Child’s Play.

Attendees left the USS Hornet knowing they’d not only had a great weekend full of gaming, but also made a big difference in the lives of others.