Smoot To Travel 200,000 Light-Years For Charity
On Sep. 28, Rainbow 6: Siege Community Director Matt Smoot will join the elite ranks of Neil Armstrong, Felix Baumgartner and Elon Musk by voyaging over 200,000 light-years through space. His heaven-piercing vehicle: the video game Elite Dangerous.
This 42-week virtual expedition is set to begin with dozens of players’ spaceships mass jumping to a preset location.
“Everybody gathers to the same area,” Smoot said. “It’s really something to behold.”
After the first mass jump, the race is off. Players can group together, or explore systems on their own.
Smoot said the point of Elite Dangerous is to explore unfound worlds and solar systems. You’re also rewarded with in-game currency based on how well you map the stars. Since the game is a one-to-one scale of our galaxy, the Milky Way, players have about 400 billion star systems to delve into.
“Maybe the average game lifespan is about, what, 10, 15 years, right?” Smoot said. “There’s like so much stuff in it. I don’t think we’ll be able to discover even half of the systems in the galaxy of Elite Dangerous.”
The expedition, called Pegasus Run 3305, will be split up into 21 waypoints. After jumping to a waypoint, players will have two weeks to explore, or do whatever else they want, and make their way to the next waypoint.
On the player-made webpage, the expedition has an estimated distance of 236,883.65 light-years. The is because the objective of the expedition is to circumnavigate the entire Milky Way. Players can feel like the Magellans of space.
“This is going to be my first major expedition,” Smoot said. “Major as in: going further than 15,000 light-years away from Earth.”
Smoot’s planning on streaming the whole event and giving all donations to Extra Life, a gaming-based charity that works with 170 hospitals to help treat children across America and Canada. He said he’ll change his stream’s donation feature to have all donations go directly to the charity.
Smoot plans on streaming two to four hours every session and is still working out a schedule. He plans to take pictures of anything “cool” he sees and potentially uploading them to his Twitter.
“I wish I have enough willpower to see this thing through,” Smoot said. “Because, I’ll be honest, it’s not an easy feat.”