To mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, The Legion Games will today begin a 75-hour series of streams, running through the bank holiday weekend. Starting at 11:00 BST today, the stream will begin by holding the national moment of remembrance. At 11:02, influencers and the armed forces community will unite to bring gaming, entertainment, and laughter to Twitch, with the main livestream hosted by the Legion Games at https://www.twitch.tv/legiongamesuk. The Legion Games is calling on all streamers, gamers and content creators to dedicate a stream over the weekend and be part of a national moment of Remembrance and thanksgiving by using the hashtags #VEDay75, #PlayApartTogether and #StayHomeSaveLives.
“As we face some of most challenging times since World War II, it’s now more important than ever to come together to unite in recognition of all those who have given service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.” Said Jamie Bedford, Head of Innovation and Planning at The Royal British Legion. “This year we are unable to take to the streets to commemorate, so the Legion Games aims to bring the nation together online with a series of livestreams across 75 hours this weekend.”
As well as commemoration, the livestream celebrates the important role that video games play in the lives of the serving and ex-serving communities, especially during these unprecedented times.
All three military services are represented in the livestream, including a virtual flyover the Cliffs of Dover from the Royal Air Force’s RAFVGEA, an esports tournament from the Army Lions League and streams from the Royal Navy’s serving personnel. Other streams will be hosted by a variety of influencers, including a live history-lesson/war-game with historian Dan Hill, and streams by the Legion Games community.
Community members joining include ex-serving and avid gamer Daniel. Daniel served in the Army for 16 years, but after getting injured whilst serving and being medically discharged, gaming has become an even more important part of his life.
“My grandfather served in the military and would often tell me stories of some of the extraordinary events of the war, including bombs being dropped whilst living in London as a boy” says Daniel. “I would like to pay tribute to those who sacrificed everything for me to be here today, which is why I’ll be commemorating on Twitch this weekend.”
Those who would like to get involved in the Legion Games can download the free community pack complete with overlays, logos and holding screens at www.legiongames.gg.
The Legion Games, pioneered by The Royal British Legion, is on a mission to aid and support the Serving and ex-serving community through building a community of streamers, gamers, and influencers.
Follow the Legion Games on Twitter @LegionGamesUK for exciting last-minute announcements and updates and follow them on Twitch @LegionGamesUK.
More information about The Legion Games, VE Day activity and ways to support can be found at www.legiongames.gg. Those interested in being involved in The Legion Games should email firstname.lastname@example.org and join the Legion Games Discord server at https://discord.gg/N7neMyz .
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