Featured Big Hearted Gamer: Marcus “MajorLinux” Summers

We support the gamers who play games and volunteer for charity. BigHeartedGamers.com wants to recognize people who support their communities, locally or at large.

What was the game that turned you into a gamer?

Tetris, for the GameBoy.

What video game charities do you play or volunteer for?

I’ve been doing Extra Life going on six years now. While I don’t play for them anymore, I try to support Operation: Supply Drop and Stack-Up.org.

Do you volunteer or support any non-gaming charities?

While I may not volunteer or support many other “known” charities, I’ve been known to just volunteer my money and time to help out others who just need the help.

What made you decide to play for charity?

I don’t think there was ever a “the” moment. All my life, I knew that I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the kindness of others and I felt like this was a way I could pay it all forward.

How do you promote your campaigns?

I began donating my own money to Extra Life for those who followed me on Twitch. As of this year, I have extended the same offer to new YouTube subscribers.

I feel this ensures that I will have more people consuming the content that I produce, have them share not only the content, but the message therein and the offer, and will continue to the cycle.

What are some of your most rewarding experiences in gaming for charity?

Some of my most rewarding experiences haven’t really been in gaming but in evangelizing the organization. Showing people that they can game and do good at the same time.

What is your defining “Big Hearted Gaming” moment?

Meeting the North Carolina CMN Champion for the first time. I had only heard stories about her up until that point.

When I met her, I had to hold back tears so I could finish thanking her for displaying so much bravery. I then gave her my Extra Life silver medal telling her that she had deserved it so much more than I did and that I bought it all the Florida just for her.

What are some of your prominent successes or memories?

A prominent memory that I have is actually of me joining some of my fellow guild members to Duke Children’s Hospital to play games with the children coming in to receive treatment that day.

To be the distraction for these kids for just a hour or so means so much to me and is something that will stay with me forever.

Thank you Marcus! You can support Marcus and his endeavors with gaming for charity on his Extra Life participant page.

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