- Posted: 8:52 PM, June 11, 2012
PopCap Games is trying to break the record for “Longest Videogames Marathon Playing a Card Game” using their Facebook game Solitaire Blitz. I was interested because there is a charity component.
Kathleen Henkel and Laura Rich, both huge Solitaire Blitz players, will play the game for 30 consecutive hours on June 26 and 27. They will each raise a minimum of $10,000 for charity: water if they both play for the entire time. 100% of the proceeds go to fund charity: water projects in developing countries.
PopCap Games is pledging $167 per hour per player—which is up to $5,010 per player if each reaches their target of 30 hours played. In addition, however, players can make an online contribution based on the number of consecutive hours of Solitaire Blitz one or both players achieve. Increments can be as small as ten cents per hour played—players just click Pledge on the Solitaire Blitz Facebook page.
Kathleen Henkel, a 68-year old grandmother from Oakland, NJ will be playing from the ground floor of the Roger Smith hotel in midtown Manhattan, while Laura Rich plays in London. I will likely be on hand for the record attempt in the coming weeks and hope to report on how they’re doing.