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ice water

You may have noticed a little trend as of late: people dousing themselves in cold water and ice. As funny as it is to watch sometimes (or in the case of Lady Gaga’s attempt, strangely creepy), it’s also for an awesome cause. The ALS ice bucket challenge has seen numerous people step up to pour water and ice over their head and get soaked on behalf of the ALS Association, a charity that supports people suffering with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

For those not in the know of how the challenge works (to be fair, I’d only began to hear of the challenge last week thanks in part to this), you either take the bucket of water and ice within a 24-hour period when challenged or you donate money to ALS (although most have done both anyways).

The likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as well as celebrities like The Rock, Justin Timberlake and Chris Pratt, to name a few, have all done it (The Verge have compiled a big list of tech and celebs doing it here).

It seems though that the challenge has now finally made its way to the games industry, going by the videos starting to make their way round as of yesterday (August 18). So I’ve decided to put together a list of who’s done it and who’s been challenged along with their videos. Here’s who’s done it so far and I’ll be updating this list whenever new videos are live.

notch

Markus ‘Notch’ Persson (Minecraft creator; Co-founder, Mojang)
Challenged By: Elon Musk (CEO & CTO, SpaceX; Chief Product Architect, Tesla Motors)
Challenged: Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox), Bobby Kotick (CEO, Activision Blizzard) and Cliff Bleszinski (Co-founder, Boss Key Productions; ex-Design Director, Epic Games)

phil spencer

Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox)
Challenged By: Markus ‘Notch’ Persson (Minecraft creator; Co-founder, Mojang)
Challenged: Shuhei Yoshida (President, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios), Reggie Fils-Aime (President, Nintendo of America), Gabe Newell (Co-founder, Valve)

(Yoshida did respond to Spencer’s challenge via Twitter but opted to do a donation instead of a video)

shawn layden

Shawn Layden (President, Sony Computer Entertainment America) and Team SCEA
Challenged By: ? [No specific challenge was mentioned]
Challenged: Tony Bartel (President, GameStop), Bobby Kotick (CEO, Activision Blizzard), Jim Ryan (President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)

cliffy b

Cliff Bleszinski (Co-founder, Boss Key Productions; ex-Design Director, Epic Games)
Challenged By: Markus ‘Notch’ Persson (Minecraft creator; Co-founder, Mojang)
Challenged: Brian Jakubson (Social media manager, Wargaming) + two others

unity

David Helgason (Founder & CEO, Unity Technologies)
Challenged By: ? [Couldn’t quite make it out]
Challenged: ? [Couldn’t quite make it out]

pete hines

Pete Hines (VP of Marketing & PR, Bethesda) & Linda Carter (Actress)
Challenged By: Feargus Urquhart (CEO, Obsidian Entertainment)
Challenged: Harvey Smith (Co-founder & co-creative director, Arkane Studios), Shinji Mikami (Founder, Tango Gameworks), Adam Boyes (VP of publisher & developer relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America)

gamestop

Tony Bartel (President, GameStop) and Team GameStop
Challenged By: Shawn Layden (President, Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Challenged: Peter Moore (COO, Electronic Arts), Jeremy Dale (Senior vice president of sales, Microsoft), Kevin Kebodeaux (Senior vice president, Warner Bros)

rod fergusson

Rod Fergusson (Studio manager, Black Tusk Studios; ex-Director of production, Epic Games)
Challenged By: ? [couldn’t quite fully make it out]
Challenged: Tim Schafer (Founder, Double Fine), Siobhan Reddy (Studio director, Media Molecule), Chuck Osieja [Creative director, Black Tusk Studios] + personal challenges

dan ryckert

Dan Ryckert (Senior editor, Giant Bomb; Former senior editor, Game Informer)
Challenged By: Twitter callout
Challenged: Joe Juba (Reviews editor, Game Informer), Tony Schiavone (Former announcer, World Championship Wrestling), Jose Canseco (Former “human pile of garbage” baseball player)

suda 51

Goichi Suda (CEO, Grasshopper Manufacture)
Challenged By: Kazuki Morishita (President & CEO, Gungho Entertainment),  Hoon Kim (Marketing, Coca-Cola)
Challenged: Akira Yamaoka (Composer, Grasshopper Manufacture; ex-composer, Silent Hill series), Yudai Yamauchi (Movie director), Jeff Skalski (Producer, Electronic Arts)

ubisoft toronto

Zack Cooper (Community developer, Ubisoft Toronto)
Challenged By: Ubisoft Support team
Challenged: Gabe Graziani (Community developer – Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft Montreal), Nik Schmidt (Community developer – Watch Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal), Raj Patel (Community manager, Xbox Canada)

me

Johnny Cullen (Freelance games journalist, Gamer Network & Future Publishing)
Challenged By: N/A (Inspired to do challenge)
Challenged: Tom Bramwell (Editor in chief, Eurogamer), Tim Clark (Global editor in chief, PC Gamer), Patrick Garratt (Publisher, VG247), Alan Williamson (Editor in chief, Five Out of Ten Magazine), Debbie Timmins (Editor, The Average Gamer), Alexandria Neonakis (UI artist, Naughty Dog), Sam Clay (Video editor, VG247)

(Debbie did respond to the challenge via Twitter, but opted to do a donation instead of a video)

phil robb

Phil Robb (Co-founder & creative director, Turtle Rock Studios)
Challenged By: Graeme Selvan (PR manager, Xbox South Africa)
Challenged: Derek Douglas (Agent), Steve Goldstein (GM & president, Turtle Rock Studios), Jess Damerst (Community manager, Turtle Rock Studios)

rare

Brian Cox (Software engineer, Rare)
Challenged By: Joachim Coppens (Climax Studios)
Challenged: Sam Yeng (Sammu Studios), Hendrik Coppens (Kwalee) and Dirk Driehuijzen (Indie)

turtle rock

Steve Goldstein (GM & president, Turtle Rock Studios)
Challenged By: Phil Robb (Co-founder & creative director, Turtle Rock Studios)
Challenged: Denby Grace (Producer, 2K Games), Mike Boccieri (Producer, 2K Games), John Chowanec (2K Games)

harvey smith

Harvey Smith (Co-founder and co-creative director, Arkane Studios)
Challenged By: Pete Hines (VP of Marketing & PR, Bethesda)
Challenged: Brenda Romero (Game designer, UC Santa Cruz Games), Raphael Colantonio (Co-founder & co-creative director, Arkane Studios)

akira yamaoka

Akira Yamaoka (Composer, Grasshopper Manufacture; ex-composer, Silent Hill series)
Challenged By: Goichi Suda (CEO, Grasshopper Manufacture)
Challenged: Yoshiro Kimura (Marvelous Entertainment), Sion Sono (Filmmaker)

screwattack

Craig Skistimas (Co-founder, ScrewAttack)
Challenged By: ? [couldn’t quite make it out]
Challenged: George Strompolos (CEO, Fullscreen), Geoff Keighley (Video games personality & journalist), Mega64, Parker (Personality, ScrewAttack)

mega64

Mega64
Challenged By: ScrewAttack, GameGrumps
Challenged: OH GOOD LORD, IT’S SATIRE AT ITS FINEST [but for a good cause]

peter moore

Peter Moore (COO, Electronic Arts)
Challenged By: Daryl Holt (VP & GM, EA Sports)
Challenged: Todd Sitrin (Electronic Arts) + others

343 kiki wolfkill

343 Industries – Bonnie Ross (Studio head), Dan Ayoub (Executive producer), Kiki Wolfkill (Executive producer), Josh Holmes (Executive producer) + more
Challenged By: Multiple folks
Challenged: Bonnie Ross – Steve Downes (Voice actor, Master Chief), Dan Aroyub – Pete Parsons (COO, Bungie), Kiki Wolfkill – Dan Greenawalt (Creative director, Turn 10), Josh Holmes – Jen Taylor (Voice actress, Cortana)

andrew wilson

Andrew Wilson (CEO, Electronic Arts)
Challenged By: Patrick Soderlund (VP, EA Games), Tony Bartel (President, GameStop) [On behalf of Peter Moore, who’d already done his]
Challenged: N/A (However: Anyone within EA in North America who donates, the company will match every dollar donated)

alan williamson

Alan Williamson (Editor in chief, Five Out of Ten Magazine)
Challenged By: Johnny Cullen (Freelance games journalist, Gamer Network & Future Publishing)
Challenged: Personal challenges

sam lake

Sam Lake (Creative director, Remedy Entertainment)
Challenged By: ? [couldn’t quite make it out]
Challenged: Marko Saaresto (Lead singer, Poets of the Fall), Ilkka Villi (Voice actor, Alan Wake), Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox)

[Phil Spencer has, however, done his already as you’ll see above]

xbox uk

Jeremy Dale (Senior vice president of sales, Microsoft)
Challenged By: Tony Bartel (President, GameStop)
Challenged: Mike Mauler (Executive vice president, Gamestop), Martyn Gibbs (CEO, GAME), Jim Wicks (Head of design, Motorola)

si miles

Miles Jacobson (Studio manager, Sports Interactive)
Challenged By: Marvin Sordell (Footballer, Burnley Football Club), Steve Cox (DJ)
Challenged: Chris Stark (TV & radio personality), Harry the Hornet (Mascot, Watford Football Club), Sean Dyche (Manager, Burnley Football Club)

lionhead

Lionhead Studios
Challenged By: Multiple folks
Challenged: Multiple folks

jennifer hale

Jennifer Hale (Voice actress)
Challenged By: Kris Zimmerman (Voiceover director), Sam Ni
Challenged: David Hayter (Voice actor, Metal Gear Solid), Mark Meer (Voice actor, Mass Effect), Caroline Livingstone (Voiceover director, BioWare) + others

tim browne

Tim Browne (Lead game designer, Ubisoft Annecy)
Challenged By: Wayne Davies (Writer, TotalXbox)
Challenged: Mike Bithell (Developer, Thomas Was Alone & Volume), David Goldfarb (Ex-Game director, Overkill), Dan Long (Communications & marketing, Insert Coin Clothing)

murasaki

Massimo Guarini (Co-founder & creative director, Ovosonico; ex-game director, Grasshoper Manufacture)
Challenged By: Alberto
Challenged: Chris Jones (Sony XDev), Omar Cornut (Media Molecule), Matteo Bordone (Wired)

dan tausney

Dan Tausney (Marketing manager. EA Chillingo)
Challenged By: Personal challenges
Challenged:  Personal challenges

kirton charley simon

Lee Kirton (Director of PR & Marketing, Bandai Namco UK), Charley Grafton-Chuck (PR, Johnny Atom), Simon Callaghan (Founder, Johnny Atom)
Challenged By: Multiple people
Challenged: Andy Payne (CEO, Mastertronic), Spencer Crossley (Marketing director, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment UK), Andy Robinson (Editor-in-chief, CVG), Chandra Nair (Marketing manager, Nintendo UK), Sarah Wellock (Community manager, Sony XDev), Lucy James (Producer, GameSpot)

dan long

Dan Long (Communications & marketing, Insert Coin Clothing)
Challenged By: Tim Browne (Lead game designer, Ubisoft Annecy)
Challenged: Neil Gorton (Community manager, Capcom UK), Dan Sheridan (Community manager, Electronic Arts UK) + Personal challenge

neil gorton

Neil Gorton (Community manager, Capcom UK)
Challenged By: Multiple challenges
Challenged: Ibrahim Bhatti (Video producer & marketing executive, 2K Games), Luke Mears (Community moderator, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe), Tom Perkins (Community manager, Yogscast)

master chief cortana

Steve Downes (Voice actor, Master Chief) & Jen Taylor (Voice actress, Cortana)
Challenged By: 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross & Josh Holmes
Challenged: Marty O’Donnell (Former composer, Bungie), Chris Schlerf (Former lead writer, Halo), Jennifer Hale (Voice actress), Frank O’Connor (Franchise director, 343 Industries)

[Jennifer Hale has, however, already done her challenge as you’ll see above]

turtle rock 2

Jess Damerst (Community manager, Turtle Rock Studios)
Challenged By: 
Phil Robb (Co-founder & creative director, Turtle Rock Studios)
Challenged: Dan Youton (Programmer, Turtle Rock Studios), Mike Brainard (Turtle Rock Studios), Dan Mitre (Community manager for Battlefieled, Electronic Arts)

marty o'donnell

Marty O’Donnell (Former composer, Bungie)
Challenged By: Jen Taylor (Voice actress, Cortana)
Challenged: Marcus Lehto (Ex-creative director, Bungie), Jamie Gresiemer (Ex-designer, Sucker Punch & Bungie), Alex Seropan (Co-founder, Bungie)

ben wilson

Ben Wilson (Freelance writer, Official PlayStation Magazine UK & Stuff)
Challenged By: Personal challenge
Challenged: Personal challenges

aceybongos

Graeme Boyd (Social marketing manager, Xbox UK)
Challenged By: Multiple challenges
Challenged: Hollie Bennett (Community manager, PlayStation Access), Ralph Fulton (Creative director, Playground Games), Aaron Cooper (GAME)

nolan north

Nolan North (Voice actor)
Challenged By: Todd Stashwick (Writer, Visceral Games’ Star Wars project; Voice actor)
Challenged: Graham McTavish (Actor) + Personal challenges

stewart gilray

Stewart Gilray (CEO, Just Add Water)
Challenged By: Lee Carus (Co-founder, Firesprite Games)
Challenged: Shahid Ahmad (Head of strategic content, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe), Andy Payne (CEO, Masterpayne) + Personal challenge

justin richmond

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Justin Richmond (Producer, Riot Games; Ex-game director, Naughty Dog)
Challenged By: Personal challenge
Challenged: Kurt Margenau (Lead game designer, Naughty Dog) + Personal challenges

kurt margenau

Kurt Margenau (Lead game designer, Naughty Dog)
Challenged By: Justin Richmond (Producer, Riot Games; Ex-game director, Naughty Dog)
Challenged: Bruce Straley (Game director, Naughty Dog), Neil Druckmann (Creative director, Naughty Dog) + personal challenge

kollar

Andrew Reiner (Executive editor, Game Informer) & Phil Kollar (Deputy reviews editor, Polygon)
Challenged By: Multiple challenges
Challenged: Personal challenges

carmack

John Carmack (Chief technical officer, Oculus VR; Co-founder, id Software)
Challenged By: Aras (Unity)
Challenged: Robert Altman (CEO, ZeniMax Media), Palmer Luckey (Founder, OculusVR)

palmer luckey

Palmer Luckey (Founder, OculusVR)
Challenged By: John Carmack (Chief technical officer, Oculus VR; Co-founder, id Software)
Challenged: Gabe Newell (Founder, Valve Software), Sam Biddle (Gawker) + Personal challenge

ralph fulton

Ralph Fulton (Creative director, Playground Games)
Challenged By: Graeme Boyd (Social marketing manager, Xbox UK)
Challenged: Paul Rustchynsky (Game director, Evolution Studios), Julian Gerrirty (Creative director, Ivory Tower), Alex Ward (Co-founder, Three Fields Entertainment; Co-founder, Criterion Games)

paul rustchynsky

Paul Rustchynsky (Game director, Evolution Studios)
Challenged By: Ralph Fulton (Creative director, Playground Games)
Challenged: Jamie Brayshaw (Senior community manager, Evolution Studios) + Personal challenges

adam boyes

Adam Boyes (VP of publisher & developer relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Challenged By: Pete Hines (VP of PR & marketing, Bethesda)
Challenged: Ed Boon (Creative director, Netherrealm Studios), Randy Pitchford (CEO, Gearbox Software), Pete Parsons (COO, Bungie)

[Boyes opted to do his challenge with beer and not water due to an ongoing drought in California, but as it’s in the spirit of the challenge, I’ll allow it]

brendy caldwell

Brendy Caldwell (Freelance writer, Rock Paper Shotgun & Sit Down & Shut Up)
Challenged By: Personal challenge
Challenged: Personal challenges

turn 10

Turn 10 Studios – Alan Hartman (Studio manager) & Dan Greenawalt (Creative director)
Challenged By: Alan Hartman – Hanno Lempke (General manager, Black Tusk Studios), Dan Greenawalt – Kiki Wolfkill (Executive producer, 343 Industries)
Challenged: Alan Hartman – Playground Games (Ralph Fulton, Creative director, Gavin Raeburn, Studio director; Trevor Williams, COO), Dan Greenawalt – Kazunori Yamauchi (CEO, Polyphony Digital) + Personal challenges

[Ralph Fulton has, however, already done his challenge as you’ll see above]

jim ryan

Jim Ryan (President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
Challenged By: Shawn Layden (President, Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Challenged: Alain Corre (Executive director for EMEA, Ubisoft), Rod Cousens (CEO, Codemasters), Olivier Wolff (Senior international VP, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

joystiq

Susan Arendt (Managing editor, Joystiq)
Challenged By: Multiple challenges
Challenged: Mike Wehner (Freelance writer), Robert Rath (Freelance writer), Brianna Wu (Head of development, Giant Spacekat)

jon brady

Jon Brady (Freelance writer, Big Red Barrel & 7BitArcade)
Challenged By: Personal challenge
Challenged: Alan Teader (StickTwiddlers), Sarah Dyer (StickTwiddlers) + Personal challenge

kazunori yamauchi

Kazunori Yamauchi (CEO, Polyphony Digital)
Challenged By: Dan Greenawalt (Creative director, Turn 10)
Challenged: Ken Kutaragi (“The Father of PlayStation” – Ex-chairman and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment International), Lucas Ordoñez (First GT Academy winner, racing driver)

eric hirshberg

Eric Hirshberg (CEO, Activision Publishing)
Challenged By: Michael Condery (Co-founder, Sledgehammer Games), Jamie Jackson (Creative director, Freestyle Games)
Challenged: Lawrence Bender (Producer) + Personal challenges

alex neonakis + naughty dog

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Naughty Dog – Alexandria Neonakis, John Sweeney, Eytan Zana, Doug Holder, Ashley Swidowski, Warren Post, Rich Lyons, Patrick Goss
Challenged By: Multiple challenges
Challenged: Maciej Kuciara (Freelance concept artist)

ken kutaragi

Ken Kutaragi (“The Father of PlayStation” – Ex-chairman and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment International)
Challenged By: Kazunori Yamauchi (CEO, Polyphony Digital)
Challenged: Kazuo Hirai (CEO, Sony Corporation)

dan maher

Dan Maher (Co-founder, Explosive Alan Productions)
Challenged By: Chris Thomas (GameSpot UK)
Challenged: Julia Hardy (Video personality) + Personal challenges

ubisoft

Ubisoft – Yves Guillemot (CEO & co-founder), Alan Corre (EMEA executive director)
Challenged By: Jim Ryan (President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
Challenged: Andrew House (President & group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment International), Phil Harrison (European head, Microsoft Studios), Shigeru Miyamoto (Managing director, Nintendo)

phil harrison

Phil Harrison (European head, Microsoft Studios)
Challenged By: Yves Guillemot (CEO & co-founder, Ubisoft), Alan Corre (EMEA executive director, Ubisoft)
Challenged: Mark Cerny (CEO, Cerny Games), Dave Perry (CEO, Gaikai), David Gardner (Ex-CEO, Atari)

splash damage

Splash Damage
Challenged By: GAME Bromley
Challenged: Gabe Newell (Co-founder, Valve), Samuel Roberts (UK editor-in-chief, PC Gamer), Ben (Twitch)

ubi reflections

Ubisoft Reflections
Challenged By: Future Games of London
Challenged: CCP Games, Pitbull Studios

kat osman

Kat Osman (Co-founder, Lick PR)
Challenged By: Mark Robins (Vault Communications)
Challenged: Chris Warr (Community director, Xbox UK) + Personal challenges

reggie

Reggie Fils-Aime (President and CEO, Nintendo of America)
Challenged By: Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox)
Challenged: N/A

tim clark

Tim Clark (Global editor-in-chief, PC Gamer)
Challenged By: Johnny Cullen (Freelance games jorunalist, Gamer Network & Future Network)
Challenged: Dan Dawkins (Group senior editor for games, Future Publishing) + Personal challenges

[Update, August 31: I’ve stopped doing updates to this list, so this is where the puck ends up – to those who did it and donated to ALSA.org (or other charities who are doing work on ALS/MND), you’re all superstars. Well done!]

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