Dotcom makes surprise appearance at charity gaming event

A marathon 40-hour gaming session for charity got a surprise star guest when Kim Dotcom turned up to participate.

The team behind Hunger Drive have been gaming since 8am on Saturday morning and live-streaming the event to raise money for World Vision.

The ten gamers have been inviting people to play with them online, join their chats and watch the event live while donating to World Vision.

On a whim, organiser Jay Adams sent a tweet out to Kim Dotcom, a former world champion of Call of Duty, inviting him to come and join them at their gaming headquarters on the North Shore.

"He tweeted back and said he'd come down once he had put his kids to bed.

"He just arrived here and sat down and played with us," Mr Adams said.

Mr Adams said Mr Dotcom arrived around 10pm and stayed for five hours. Mr Dotcom matched all the donations to World Vision for an hour, and to generate donations invited the three highest donors to attend a gaming night at the Dotcom mansion.

After 24-hours of gaming the team are taking turns having a break and sleeping, but were thrilled to have Mr Dotcom as part of their mission, Mr Adams said.

Mr Adams said he was amazed that a tweet would get him along to the event

"We just thought he might retweet us and get the word out," Mr Adams said.

The Hunger Drive team are hoping to donate $10,000 to World Vision for their 40-hour gaming session.

People can watch the gaming online, join the conversation and be in to win spot prizes of gaming gear if they donate at hungerdrive.org/live

- By Sophie Ryan of APNZ

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