Archive 2014

Rational Group supporting cancer research with mobile phone game

By Gareth Chantler Posted at 6:40 am on 7 February 2014

The Rational Group’s ‘Helping Hands’ program is proud to be supporting Play to Cure: Genes in Space, a mobile game that analyses genetic data while you play, empowering users to help accelerate cancer research.

On February 4th, World Cancer Day, Rational Group staff in London and the Isle of Man were joined by BBC Radio One and Team PokerStars Pros in order to raise awareness for the game. A similar luncheon was hosted in the Full Tilt Poker’s Dublin Offices this week. Cupcakes were served.

“I really enjoyed playing the game and think it’s amazing that by playing a video game people can contribute towards cancer research. I’m proud to be associated with PokerStars and involved in the launch of this fantastic project with Cancer Research UK,” Eugene Katchalov commented.

The App is introduces as Elky and Eugene Katchalov look on

Elky and Eugene Katchalov look on as the App is introduced

Mobile Game Concept

The concept started in March 2013: two PokerStars employees were invited to join Cancer Research UK scientists and teams from Amazon, Facebook, and Google to help design and develop a mobile game that would aid cancer research.

“As a technology company, we are very proud to see that our highly skilled workforce can have a real positive social impact through this exciting project. We are all so excited about the game – it’s a unique way to help Cancer Research UK with their amazing work and great fun at the same time,” said Rational Group Head of Corporate Giving Sue Hammett.

Watch a video breaking down gameplay below:

Play to Cure: Genes in Space is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android. Learn more about the game here.

Play to Cure - Genes in Space

Play to Cure – Genes in Space

About Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research.

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit

They also have a presence on both Twitter and Facebook.

Gareth Chantler,

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