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Local Gamers to Battle Sleep in 24-Hour Charity Challenge

Gamers at Pittsburgh film group LOTR Films are gearing up to game continuously for 24 hours in late February to raise money for people with disabilities.

Pittsburgh, PA, February 17, 2014 --( Committed video gamers at local film group LOTR Films are gearing up to burn the midnight gaming oil in February to raise money for people with disabilities.

They’ll be playing video games continuously for 24 hours as part of a worldwide gaming marathon weekend to raise money for the UK charity SpecialEffect, who use technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games.

LOTR Films is looking for sponsors for their marathon, which they’ll be running from February 22 to 23.

The team will be comprised of local students and filmmakers Zak McGuire, Bailey Yordnoff, and the rest of the LOTR Films crew.

“This charity’s mission is vitally important,” said Bailey Yordnoff, post-production lead at LOTR Films, “and we’re happy to take an important and contributing role in this event. Gaming is what we do best, so why not make it worthwhile?”

“Playing for 24 hours is a pretty big challenge, but we’re asking people to attempt it to help the thousands of people who want to share their passion but can’t join in because of a disability,” said Mark Saville, the charity’s Communications Officer.

“This gaming event, called GameBlast, an opportunity for people to do what they love best and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time.”

So far, nearly 60 teams of friends, family members and work colleagues have signed up to the GameBlast event.

“LOTR Films’ efforts will help people like Sam, who could only watch his friends and family enjoy the Xbox because his cerebral palsy prevented him from using a controller,” said Mark. “The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast marathons will change the lives of many more people like Sam through the gift of gaming fun and inclusivity.”

“It’s going to be an incredible weekend. They’ll be incentives and giveaways, and every team who registers will be entered into a complimentary draw for gaming goodies.”

Anyone can sponsor the team online at or on the crew’s website at More details of the GameBlast event can be found at

About LOTR Films

LOTR Films is a Pittsburgh-based comedy and variety short film group. The group is composed of six local college students focused on producing comedic films, horror films, action films, and documentaries. LOTR Films was formed in July 2013 and has produced over six short films available online. For more information, please visit

About SpecialEffect

SpecialEffect is an award-winning charity that helps people with disabilities to benefit from the fun, rehabilitation and therapy of video games. They support people of all ages through assessments, equipment loans and equipment modifications.


For more information about LOTR Films and the GameBlast event, please contact:
Bailey Yordnoff
Mobile: 412-716-9858

For more information about SpecialEffect, please contact:
The Stable Block, Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3EH
Office: +44 01608 810055
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LOTR Films
Bailey Yordnoff
412 716 9858

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