Heroes of Newerth player sets world record
This past weekend, pro-gamer Sam “Milkfat” Braithwaite set a new world record for Longest Strategy Game Marathon.
Sam played a 76-hour marathon run of Heroes of Newerth, beating the original world record of 52 hours. The attempt ran four days and was held at Howie’s Game Shack in Mission Viejo, CA, and was sponsored by S2 Games’ Marketing Team and GUNNAR Optiks.
The event was also held on behalf of Doctors Without Borders, a charity organization created to provide impartial medical aid across the world for people threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. The event raised $3,700 in donations, which will be matched by S2 Games, and completed by Sam’s donation of ad revenue from his twitch.tv live stream.
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Heroes of Newerth Community Member Smashes Guinness World Record
76-Hour World Record Set for Longest Strategy Game Marathon
(Kalamazoo, MI) – February 3, 2012 – History was made this weekend when pro-gamer Sam “Milkfat” Braithwaite finished a 76-hour marathon run of Heroes of Newerth (HoN) – the session-based, multiplayer, action-RPG title, developed by S2 Games – breaking the former World Record of 52 hours for Longest Strategy Game Marathon. The World Record breaking attempt lasted 4 days from January 26-29th at Howie’s Game Shack in Mission Viejo, CA. S2 Games’ Marketing Team was on location to sponsor and support Sam throughout the entire event. GUNNAR Optiks was also in attendance supporting Sam and ensuring his eyes were well protected for the long haul.
“I’ve been training for this for months,” said an exhausted Sam after breaking the record without sleep for the first 52 hours, “Even at the hardest times, I felt like I had to keep going for the charity and accomplish what I had set out to do.” Sam’s goal for the event, in addition to setting a World Record, was to promote Doctors Without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org), a medical humanitarian organization providing independent, impartial aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. Sam helped raise over $3,700 in donations during the event, which will be matched by S2 Games. Sam will also donate all ad revenue generated from his twitch.tv stream during the event to the charity.
The World Record attempt was streamed in its entirety through Sam’s personal www.twitch.tv/milkfat stream, which garnered over 1.5 million views over the weekend. Footage of the event is currently being processed into DVD format for submission to Guinness, who will validate the world record run. The validation efforts will not only verify time spent playing, but will also maintain that a conditional rule set designed specifically for a World Record marathon of HoN, was followed at all times.
“Sam’s commitment to his World Record goal has been extremely inspirational,” said Laura Baker, Director of Marketing at S2 Games. “When Sam approached us with this idea and told us about the Doctors Without Boarders charity, we immediately knew we wanted to support his efforts. It’s amazing to have devoted community members such as Sam.”
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