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Extra Life 2019


Play It Forward eSports Event May 18th, 2019. 

The Play It Forward eSports Tournament is a live-streamed event where the worlds of eSports, professional athletes, online gamers, philanthropy and cancer-fighting technology are coming together for a unique experience to raise hospital funds and help find a cure for cancer through gaming.

Traditional professional athletes such as Michael Irvin will join eSports athletes to play video games along with children and family members who have had or are having medical treatment at Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas.

Event Details

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 • 10am – 3pm

In-person event:  Children’s Health, Seacrest Studios in Dallas, Texas

Streaming Event: Twitch Stream

Event Organizers

The event is presented by:

Complexity Gaming

Still Thankful LLC

BALANCED Media | Technology

IF Motivated LLC

Benefiting the renovation of the emergency room at Children’s Health in Dallas.

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Watch Twitch Stream on May 18th, 2019.


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Here's how it works

  • Extra Life is a fundraising and gaming marathon benefiting the renovation of the emergency room at Children’s Health in Dallas.

  • I'm joining thousands of gamers and will be dedicating a day to play games and get donations from friends like YOU!

  • 100% of the donations go to my local children's hospital. TOGETHER we will make a difference for sick kids!

Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. You can click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation. 


Before the age of 1, Trenton Cary, had already received his first heart transplant. He and his family spent a month in the hospital and grew close to the nurses, doctors and other families.

After years of a normal life, Trenton developed cancer from the transplant medicine and spent more time in and out of the hospital while receiving chemotherapy. He fully recovered but would need a second heart transplant only two years later.

The solution to each of these illnesses began when Trenton entered the emergency room at Children’s Health.

Families such as Trenton’s don’t often have the support and resources needed, or even the small comforts that come with being home.

The WHY Behind The Event

Play It Forward eSports Tournament is created to use the power of online gaming growth, through
professional athlete’s networks and their celebrity for a positive and meaningful purpose.

This first event will benefit patients in Children’s Health Dallas and their families by raising funds from
online streamers to support renovation of the emergency room.


Complexity Gaming is one of North America’s longest standing and most successful esports organizations, now owned by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and investor John Goff. The esports organization is led by Founder and CEO Jason Lake, considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of esports in North America. Complexity’s esports teams have won more than 140 championships in nearly 30 game titles over its 15+ year history. Staunchly committed to passion, professionalism, and a player-first mentality, Complexity has been continuously recognized as a global leader in modern esports. For more information on Complexity, visit and follow the organization on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Facebook.


2019 Madden Champion

Drini’s Madden adventure began with his older brothers in 2007. By 2017 he was known as one of the top players in the world, despite being too young to compete professionally. In 2018 and 2019 Drini made his way to the top of every ranking, bringing home both the 2018 Madden Challenge and the 2019 Madden Bowl. Despite only playing in two full seasons, the 19-year-old has already begun to make his way into Madden GOAT discussions.

The Playmakers Academy teaches young athletes how to develop strength of character and use the skills they need to win in any game – whether it be in football or in life. Famous for being a “playmaker” in football, Michael Irvin has learned valuable life lessons on how to play the game of life without losing your direction along the way to your goals.

Event support – Michael Irvin is committed to helping raise awareness of organizations involved in creating the event through branding and media opportunities and will lend support for logistics through his Playmakers Academy and his IF Motivated company.

Parents of seriously ill children face a variety of uncertainties, and their friends and family may be ill-equipped for supporting them. Still Thankful is a bridge for medical families and their support group that wants to help.

Still Thankful guides and supports pediatric patient families, and their support groups, with education, services, connectivity and products that create an improved, cost-efficient experience in the hospital as well as at home.

Event support – At the eSports event, sponsorships and other revenue streams will be collected in order to host future nationwide events and provide “Survival kits” containing for families currently residing in hospitals and offer other support.

BALANCED Media | Technology is purpose driven to globally improve health, empower industry innovation, and assist problem-solving through cross-disciplinary collaboration using gaming and computer science.

BALANCED connects communities of developers, researchers, foundations, and industry in cross-disciplinary collaboration allowing them to create tools and techniques never before available.

Event support – The event will feature crowd computing platform, HEWMEN, which uses human perception and unstructured problem-solving skills with raw computational power within interactive entertainment.

By utilizing volunteer grid computing integrated into the stream’s comment thread via mini-games, this platform provides data and decisions from game participants to help researchers from Southern Methodist University analyze data needed in finding cures for cancer and other diseases.    

For more than 100 years, our mission has been to make life better for children. Since our humble beginnings in 1913 as a baby camp, we have had a long-standing commitment to our community that includes not only high-quality patient care but also advocacy, education and preventive care with an unwavering focus on our mission.

We take great pride in serving as the eighth-largest pediatric health care provider in the country*, and the only academically affiliated pediatric hospital in the area. We are honored to be consistently recognized among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Event support – Hosting the physical location of the event and will assist in PR efforts around the event.

R&D Strategies

R&D Strategies is a global marketing strategy and consulting firm for brand elevation.


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