FAQ

Q: When will the next Nick’s Marathon take place?

A: The 2018 Nick’s Marathon ran from 8pm EST on Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th. No announcements have been made yet for 2019.

Q: How the heck can playing video games raise money for charity?

A: It’s simple. See that “Donate” button on the top of this page? You click there to make a donation. As a reward for your donation, you get to watch several immature and sleep-deprived fools spend an entire weekend playing games, socializing and playing the way Nick always loved.

Q: What exactly *is* your cause?

A: For the past few years, Nick’s Marathon has raised money exclusively for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. We have outfitted their game room with several new systems, including several Nintendo Switches, an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, as well as a wide variety of games and accessories. For more on Nick’s connection to this Ronald McDonald House, click here.

Q: Where do I get some Nick’s Marathon swag?

A: We’ve got anniversary hoodies, t-shirts, and tote bags available for sale here.

Q: What do people see during the Marathon?

A: You see a live feed from our home base. It’ll be one video stream, in a picture-in-picture mode. You will see a direct feed of the console game, as well and a live webcam showing all of us playing. We’ll be playing and broadcasting fall weekend long!

Q: What games do you play?

A: We tend to play a lot of Switch, and this year, we’re excited to play Super Mario Party, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as games that don’t feature Mario!

Q. Have you guys done this before?

A: Yup! For some info and video from past marathons, click here.

Q: How much should I donate?

A: $1. $18.75. $300. Whatever you would like or can afford to give. That’s entirely up to you. Just keep in mind that every little bit helps, and you don’t have to be rich to make a difference.

Q: How do I donate?

A: Click here and make a tax-deductible donation securely and simply.

Q: OK, I’ve contributed to the cause, but I want to do more to help you guys.  What else can I do?

A: Help us spread the word of Nick’s Marathon!  Tell your family and friends about us! Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter @nicksmarathon and on Instagram @nicksmarathon!

Q: Where did you get the idea for a video-game marathon that raises money for charity?

A: We aren’t the first to do this and we totally want to give credit to the original people who thought of this. That would be Loading, Ready, Run with their Desert Bus of Hope marathon in November 2007.

Q: What equipment do you use?

A: We use a webcam and a Dazzle Capture Card to broadcast both the webcam and the video-game feed. We will be using http://www.ustream.tv/ to broadcast the video.

Q: Who is this Nick guy?

A: Click here for more about Nick.

Q: And who are you guys?

A: We are a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill children and their families.  For more about who we are, click here.