Building on the overwhelming success Xbox Game Studios Derby 2021 In 2023, Rare vs. Playground Games, massive football shenanigans are being scaled up in the name of SpecialEffect! This year, 24 teams from UK game development studios will descend on St George’s Park in the heart of England on Wednesday 26th April to play football around the clock to raise money for charity.

This ambitious event has greatly expanded since the heady days of 2020 when the first football match took place FIFA a match between Rare and Playground. It grew into a real football match in 2021 and has now turned into a multi-studio multi-hour effort, with all proceeds going to the gaming charity SpecialEffect.

We know what you’re thinking: How does it work? How tired will their legs get? Who will score in the world this year? Will it be available for your viewing? Well, don’t worry, we have all the important information for you right here.

At 18:00 UTC on Wednesday, April 26, two of the 24 teams will begin play. All 24 participating teams, including the Rare, Playground, EA, and Sumo squads, will be assigned one team color: red or blue. Each team will be on the field for the full 90 minutes, with all teams representing either the red or blue side. Every goal scored by each team will contribute to an epic battle between the reds and blues, with the final whistle – and the score – coming at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 27 April.

However, you don’t have to take our word for it that it’s happening – you can tune into the match in all its glory live Xbox’s Twitch channel. It’s going to be a ball-filled, soccer-centric event with plenty of special guests and no doubt a few surprises. Gav Murphy will reprise his role as lead commentator and will be joined by several other familiar faces on commentary duties, so watch this space for more on the on-field line-up.

We are absolutely delighted to have received such incredible support from so many studios across the UK and we can’t wait to see the teams come together both on and off the pitch to raise money for such a great cause.

Rare’s chief of staff Harriet Manson said of the plans: “We’re really excited to bring together die-hard football fans from across the games industry for what promises to be an unforgettable 24 hours. The opportunity to combine teams on St. George’s Park, the home of English football, will be a special moment for the industry to come together in aid of such a brilliant charity, SpecialEffect, which does such vital work to bring joy to the game. people with physical disabilities. This year, we’re especially excited to be hosting the first women’s match under the umbrella of One Big Game, welcoming players from our Women of Xbox community and the gaming industry to the presentation.

“An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of players, teams, commentators and studios – we are truly grateful to everyone who had a hand in creating our 24-hour programme. “One Big Game” has become a reality.

SpecialEffect is a charity that focuses on helping people with physical disabilities play video games. For many people, games are a vital form of recreation and such gamesSea of ​​thievesandForza Horizon 5play a special role in connecting gamers with additional needs. SpecialEffect uses innovative technologies to make games accessible to everyone. Solutions are tailored to each person, taking into account their physical limitations and creating their own input devices, from modified controllers to eye control gadgets, so they can play with friends and family.

As a team at Xbox, we couldn’t be prouder to support SpecialEffect’s mission to create a level playing field for all players with disabilities. Be sure to tune in on Wednesday, April 26 for fun, fundraising and a healthy dose of competition between the 24 participating studios. On the immaculate plastic turf of the Sir Alf Ramsey pitch in St. In George’s Park, rivalries will be born, heroes will appear, and friendships will be formed. We can’t wait!

For more information about One Big Game, or if you represent a studio that would like to participate, please contact the team at (email protected). And of course, if you want to donate to the cause, go to official JustGiving page to show your support and cheer for your chosen team!