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How Extra Lifers Can Socially Distance and Gather Virtually

Prior to 2020, it was common for Extra Lifers in local cities to gather for IRL game nights, often at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. However, social distancing has led this community to focus primarily on virtual hang sessions. Here’s some common and successful ways that we’re seeing Extra Lifers gather virtually.

Play Jackbox Games on a Zoom Call

Playing video games socially is sometimes intimidating for people. That’s why we love Jackbox Games‘ approach to virtual gathering. Jackbox Games operate like common party games like Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and Balderdash, so they’re not intimidating to learn. In May, when Azzyland gathered her fellow YouTube influencers together to fundraise over $26,000 USD for SickKids in Toronto, Jackbox Games offered the perfect technology to promote extremely accessible gaming for a group who aren’t die-hard gamers.

Check out that stream for inspiration for how you can coordinate a low-key Jackbox game night within your Extra Life community:

Gather Weekly for Streamed Game Nights

Gather on our Discord channel to connect with fellow Extra Lifers and hop into streamed game nights. If it’s important to you to connect with gamers who live near you, check out our regional channels in the “find your local family” section of our Discord server.

Meet up on Discord for Movie Nights

Back when we hosted Extra Life United: Online Edition, we made a point to host a movie night on our Discord, showing various films for Extra Lifers to opt into. Even if you’re alone in your house, it helps to feel like other people are watching along with you. Up to 50 people may join a Go Live stream on Discord to watch the film. We’re even seeing some folks do Saturday morning cartoons from the 1990’s on Discord!

Minecraft Servers Make a Comeback

We love Minecraft’s power to keep coming around. Following the Covid pandemic’s spread, we’ve seen Minecraft servers surge in popularity again. Gamers are coming in and out of them building their map; sometimes chatting in Discord along the way.

Check out our Community Play Stream on Twitch

Come on by our Twitch channel every Thursday and Saturday evening and join our Community Play with fellow Extra Lifers. Learn more and meet our our Community Play Hosts and Mods in this article.


Don’t forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!