PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Video game lovers are trying to raise money for local children’s organizations by, well, playing video games.

Organizers are hoping to rake in at least $5,000 this weekend through a 24-hour video game marathon.

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“We just wanted something to do that involved video games for something positive,” organizer Mike Sorg said.

This is the third year for Chachi Plays for Kids, which will give the money to the ToonSeum and Art Expressions Inc. Both of which will then use the money to provide art programs for homeless and at-risk children in the city.

Sorg says people can call in with donations and for a certain amount can play against Chachi, a local gamer.

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The event is also being streamed online and includes Tetris and Mario Kart tournaments.

The marathon kicked off Friday night and will continue until 7 p.m. tonight.

Organizers say so far they’ve raised more than $3,000.

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