What a Christmas cracker! After two weeks of streams, gaming challenges and… ummm… Jingle Cats, The Yogscast Jingle Jam came to a triumphant close on 14 December having smashed all previous fundraising records!
The annual event, which this year celebrated it’s tenth anniversary, has grown to be ‘the world’s biggest games charity event’ and this year cemented that reputation by raising a whopping £3.3M benefitting 14 good causes, including £250,000 for SpecialEffect!
Tom from our fundraising team said, “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lewis and all The Yogscast team for their continued support! Jingle Jam means Christmas here at SpecialEffect and we really loved this year’s event – a particular highlight for me was our ambassador Becky Tyler’s appearance with Lewis on Saturday. They have such a good rapport having known each other for several years now. Becky’s Jingle Cats video, which she made using our EyeMine interface that allows people to play Minecraft using just their eyes, was another great moment!”
The money raised by Jingle Jam last year was used to part-fund the development of two new Eye Gaze Games, the first of which, Gazey Golf, was released in November. The second, Open Drive, will follow early in 2022. Funds from Jingle Jam 2021 will go towards creating and delivering hundreds more accessible gaming setups to disabled people next year, as we work to meet the ever-rising demand for our services.
In addition to The Yogscast, we would like to thank Rich Keith and the team at Fourth Floor Creative, Grahame Gallacher and his colleagues at Honest PR, all the developers and publishers who so generously contributed their games to the 2021 Jingle Jam Games Collection, the community streamers who for the first time this year joined the Jingle Jam festivities, and of course the thousands of gamers who watched and donated over the past fortnight to help reach such an incredible total!