Man plans to break world record in FIFA marathon for charity

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A man plans to break a world record and raise money for charity by playing a football video game for two days straight at the Loading Bar on Stoke Newington Road.

Chris Cook (33) and from Birmingham, will be fund raising for the charity Special Effect by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Video game Marathon Playing A Football (Soccer)’ game. He will be playing FIFA ‘15 at the gaming-themed bar next week between 5 and 7 November.

The record is currently held by Jordan Bloemen and Scott Francis Winder from Canada, who played FIFA ‘12 for 48 hours and 5 minutes at the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton.

Mr Cook, content creator and community manager of the online code seller Game Points Now, said that he was hoping to play for at least over 50 hours during the event in Shacklewell.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this before.  When I was writing and reviewing games, I’d have time to play games for eight hours maybe, never for two days,” he said.

The charity Special Effect that Mr Cook is fundraising for focuses on the rehabilitation and social inclusion of people with disabilities using video games.

“It’s a charity that is pretty close to my heart,” explained Mr Cook, who has currently raised £120 of his £200 target.

“I’ve been in games writing for a couple of years now and I have been fortunate enough to witness their work first hand. They’re quite proactive and known to a lot of gamers and a lot of communities.

“After seeing the work that Special Effect do, it’s kinda hard to not want to get involved. When we decided to do this event, they were my first choice.”

Mark Saville, head of communications at Special Effect, said: “We are wishing Chris the best of luck. Many wonderful people have attempted marathons up to 24 hours [for the charity] and been successful, but this is a big ask.

“The money that Chris will be raising will go directly into helping people with disabilities to feel included using video games.”

The manager of the Loading Bar, Jimmy Dance (28) said: “We hope that people will drop in and get together to support the event. Chris has put a lot of time and support in putting it together. It’s a nice thing for us to offer up the space.”