You may have heard of the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the organisation that sends children to Disneyland and to meet athletes. Or have you heard the story of how it sent a boy to spend a day on the set of Thor: Ragnarok who then came up with one of the film’s funniest lines? In recent years, more and more children Make A Wish work with haven’t been requesting visits to movie sets or the chance the meet celebrities, they’ve been asking to meet game developers.
That was the case for Eli, a boy out in Texas who lives with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that leads to frequent lung infections and makes it very difficult to breathe. When he was selected by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he wanted to go to Tennocon, the Warframe convention.
“I’ve been playing for two years,” Eli tells me in an email. “I wanted to see how my favourite game was made.” This was not an insignificant ask. Eli lives in Texas and Tennocon was taking place more than 2,000km away in London, Ontario.