HCS at Gamers for Giving 2019

Halo is the cornerstone franchise from which Gamers Outreach & Gamers for Giving were born. Since our inaugural event in 2008, we’ve been proud to host a Halo tournament at every single Gamers for Giving fundraiser through the past decade!

Next year, we’re doubling down. We’re excited to reveal Gamers for Giving 2019 has been selected as a destination event for the HCS Grassroots Program. We’re kicking off the next decade the same way our first began – with an open bracket 2 vs 2 Halo 3 tournament.

We plan to announce details around the tournament (settings, prize pool, bracket size) in the coming weeks. Team passes will go on sale in January.

Gamers for Giving 2019 will take place on March 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center. You can read more about next year’s event here.

Be sure to follow the Gamers for Giving blog as well as the Gamers Outreach Twitter account for all the latest updates. We hope to see you there! LOCK IT UP!

Save the date! Gamers for Giving 2019

*Blows dust from cartridge* >>> *Inserts Gamers for Giving 2019*

Greetings everyone! Welcome to the beginning of a new decade.

We’re excited to share our 11th annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser will take place on the weekend of March 23rd & 24th, 2019!

For those not familiar: Gamers for Giving is a LAN party + streaming marathon that generates resources for Gamers Outreach programs. Through ticket sales, sponsorship, and online donations, last year’s event raised more than $772,000 in support of providing entertainment devices to children’s hospitals (that’s a whole bunch of GO Karts)!

Gamers for Giving will once again take place within the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, a venue which hosts a wide array of events including concerts, trade-shows, and banquets. Tickets will go on sale in the month of January (date TBA).

We’ll release more information regarding the 2019 event over the coming months – including our fundraising goals, streaming schedule, and list of activities. As usual, you can expect a full weekend of competitive tournaments and casual LAN camaraderie.

You can stay in sync with the latest news related to Gamers for Giving 2019 by following the Gamers for Giving blog, or following Gamers Outreach on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to use the official hashtag #GFG2019 on Twitter!

2019 marks the beginning of a new era for Gamers Outreach. Thanks to funds raised at Gamers for Giving events and year-round support from the community, programs like Player 2 and Project GO Kart will soon benefit nearly 800,000 hospitalized children annually! Wowza!

We can’t wait to share our progress and celebrate with you. We’re looking forward to another incredible year of competition and streams at Gamers for Giving! Hope to see you at the EMU Convocation Center on March 23rd & 24th, 2019!

2018 Grand Total

Wow. What a weekend. What an incredible 10th anniversary. What a wonderful community we are all part of.

With the help of our fellow gamers and a matching contribution from PUBG Corp, Gamers for Giving 2018 has generated an astounding $772,598.59 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children!!!

Of that amount, $422,598.59 was raised through a combination of ticket sales, donations, our stream team, and a commitment from Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.

The remaining $350,000 is being donated by PUBG Corp, who have been insanely amazing partners as the impact of our organization has grown these past couple years.

Our entire crew is so grateful for the benevolence of the gaming community during this past weekend’s event. The funds you’ve helped us raise will make A MASSIVE impact for thousands of patients receiving treatment in hospitals. For perspective, the amount raised during this past weekend is enough to build nearly as many GO Karts as we’ve constructed in the last 10 years. That’s a HUGE win for kids in hospitals!

We’re so proud to do this work, and can’t wait for you to see the difference that will be made thanks to this single event. There are hundreds of hospitals across the United States alone, and we’re determined to support patients in every single one!

To everyone who attended, competed, streamed, donated, or spread the word – from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!! This has been our most successful fundraiser to-date, and it wouldn’t have happened without your help.

Of course, hosting this event would be exceedingly difficult if it weren’t for the support of our sponsors and partners. Companies such as Twitch, DTS, DreamHack, Lightstream, and many others came together to help facilitate our 10th anniversary. We’re thankful for their commitment to our event and cause!

An outpouring of thanks is owed to our streamers – who rallied their communities to help us tackle the weekend’s big goal. Collectively, our on-site stream team’s efforts accounted for almost $220,000 raised during the event! We’re blown away by the power streamers have to impact change, and it’s always a joy to host them as our guests during Gamers for Giving.  Streaming platforms like Twitch have enabled gamers to raise awareness and funding for causes like never before. It’s truly remarkable witnessing the difference gamers can make through online broadcasts! Of course, a special shout out goes to MarkstromTV, who was able to raise more than $40,000 (!!!) for GO Karts with help from his viewers!

Last but certainly not least, we owe gratitude to our army of volunteers – whose efforts never go unnoticed at Gamers for Giving. It’s thanks to their generosity Gamers for Giving is a reality. Our crew spends numerous hours throughout the year gathering resources and equipment to bring our annual fundraising event to fruition. Many sacrifice vacation days and time with friends/family to create our event each year – all in the name of making a difference in the lives of hospitalized kids. To all our volunteers – THANK YOU for making this year’s event the most successful Gamers for Giving so far!!

Photos will be posted in the coming days on the Gamers Outreach Facebook page.

Interested in staying involved with Gamers Outreach programs throughout the year? Be sure to check out our website www.GamersOutreach.org, to keep up with all the latest updates as we work to make video games accessible to hospitalized children! Anyone can start a fundraising campaign at any time throughout the year in support of providing recreation to children in their local hospitals.

From all of us at Gamers Outreach, thank you again to everyone involved!! We’ll see you at the next one!

Gamers for Giving 2018 HAS BEGUN!

The big weekend has finally arrived. Gamers for Giving 2018 begins today! 10th anniversary hype levels are maxed out!

Over the next two days, we’re hoping to raise $350,000 to provide video games and entertainment to hospitalized children. We can’t do it without your support!

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate! Any amount makes a difference. Best part? All contributions up to $350K are being matched by PUBG! You can make a donation here.
  • Watch / host the stream! We’ll be broadcasting live on our Twitch channel both Saturday & Sunday from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern time! You can watch our main broadcast or check out our streamers here!
  • Stream on your own! Here’s a helpful guide to get you started on fundraising in support of patients at your local hospital.
  • Spread the word! Tweet using the official hashtag #GFG2018, or share details of the event with your friends on social media!

Good news is, we’re already 50% past the goal as of this blog post! But it’s going to take the help of our fellow gamers to make it the rest of the way.

Please consider getting involved by helping us fulfill our $350K quest.

We’ll see you throughout the weekend!

– Team Gamers Outreach

Gamers for Giving BEGINS TOMORROW!

It’s nearly time!! Gamers for Giving starts tomorrow!!

For those of you attending on-site, doors for the venue will open at 9 AM (for VIPs) and 10 AM for general attendees / spectators. You can find a full itinerary of the day on the Schedule page of the website.

Not attending in person but still want to support the cause? Consider making a donation, or running a stream of your own!

Here are some of our remaining updates before the big weekend’s event!

  • For those attending in-person, we’ve made a few updates to our tournament settings to reflect current competitive standards. In short..
    • Dust 2 has been added to the CS GO map pool
    • We’ve clarified language to indicate SC2 will be using the current ladder map pool.
    • More prize money has been added to the StarCraft 2 tournament (thanks to Winter).
    • Brigitte will not be a playable Overwatch character.
    • The Smash tournament will now start at 1 PM on Sunday. Players are welcome to warm up earlier.
  • Participating in our LAN party? Be sure to reference this page for all the things you’ll need to bring! If you are having trouble finding the waiver provided with your registration email, you can print + sign the form from our info page here.
  • There’s still a chance to grab passes for our console tournaments! You can register your team here.
  • A list of our recommended food joints can be found here.
  • We’ll have a wide array of streamers joining us at this year’s event. Learn all about our broadcast plans here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!!

The Story of Gamers Outreach – 10th Anniversary Video

Gamers Outreach was founded by a group of high school students with a passion for playing video games.

To this day, we identify as video game enthusiasts who’ve become part of a larger community eager to make a difference for patients in the hospital environment.

An agency called 705 Hollywood was gracious enough to share the story of our organization, where we are today, and the hope we have for gamers to make a difference in the future.

We hope to see you during this weekend’s event!

10th Anniversary Chicken Dinner Tee

We’re excited to unveil the 2018 Gamers for Giving tee shirt, created by our friends at Meta Threads!

The shirt celebrates the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving, and pays homage to the incredible support our cause has received from the PUBG community.

Featuring a pan imprinted with the Gamers for Giving word-mark, it’s the perfect shirt to wear while you cook up some chicken dinners.

The tee is available exclusively through Meta Threads, and can be purchased here.

Not to tease, but we also have to share these incredible esports jerseys Meta Threads whipped up for Gamers Outreach staff and our stream guests. Will they be publicly available for purchase one day!? Who knows. But they sure do look cool.

Huge thanks to Meta Threads for their support! We’re proud to have them helping us level up our swag at this year’s Gamers for Giving!

 

Food Availability

Curious to know where you’ll be able to grab some noms during this year’s Gamers for Giving? Don’t worry – there are a number of options to choose from!

While the Convocation Center doesn’t have a dedicated food court, concessions will be open, and there are a few delivery joints near the venue that can have food brought your way. Here’s a breakdown of what will be available…

  • Concession Stand: The Convocation Center will be opening its concession stand from…
    • 9 AM – 8 PM on Saturday
    • 9 AM – 7 PM on Sunday
  • Outside Food & Beverage: Attendees will be able to bring their own outside food and beverages into the venue! Feel free to stock up on snacks at your local grocery store before coming over to the event. Just remember – alcohol is not permitted.

We hope this list will provide you with a few helpful options during the course of the weekend.

We’ll see you April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Drive Impact

Huge news fellow gamers! We’re ecstatic to announce our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers have committed to building as many as 17 GO Karts for hospitals across southeast Michigan! This collective sponsorship from our local Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers will help us provide entertainment devices to thousands of hospitalized patients in our home state!

While the majority of our work to-date has been focused on children’s hospitals, these GO Karts will be offered to an assortment of pediatric AND adult facilities in the Metro Detroit region. Our founder, Zach Wigal, had this to say on the partnership:

“We’re so grateful to work with our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers in support of hospitalized patients and healthcare facilities throughout southeastern Michigan. Our organization is focused on improving a patient’s quality of life during treatment. We believe having access to entertainment and recreation aids the recovery process. With this commitment from our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, Gamers Outreach will be capable of providing GO Karts to a wide number of major hospitals throughout the Metro Detroit region. These units are sure to bring joy to thousands of patients for years to come!”

Many of our supporters are already aware of the special need for age-appropriate entertainment within children’s hospitals. As we’ve had the opportunity to learn more about healthcare environments, we’ve discovered games also have incredible potential to be a resource in adult hospitals as well. As just one example, the video below from Michigan Medicine illustrates how healthcare professionals make use of games for therapeutic purposes in our own hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Southeast Michigan has a vast number of hospitals currently unsupported by Gamers Outreach initiatives. By our count, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, and Beaumont Health represent nearly 21 facilities serving patients who could benefit from the entertainment and therapeutic relief video games provide.

The impact of Gamers Outreach initiatives is heavily driven by our community of supporters, and we’re thrilled to work with our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers to make video games accessible to children and adults being treated in Michigan hospitals.

Gamers Outreach will be recognizing our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers throughout this weekend’s Gamers for Giving fundraiser. We look forward to making an even bigger impact nationwide with the help of our community on April 28th and 29th! Hope to see you at the EMU Convocation Center, or online during the stream!

Gamers for Giving 2018 – Live on Twitch

Where would we be without Twitch?

The Twitch community has collectively raised thousands of dollars for Gamers Outreach programs, as well as numerous other charities making an impact in the world.

So many lives have been impacted thanks to this incredible platform, and we’re grateful to have the support of our friends at Twitch as we chase after this year’s $350K fundraising goal at Gamers for Giving.

The main Gamers Outreach broadcast will take place over the course of Saturday and Sunday, from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern.

Saturday’s content will feature a special PUBG tournament among our streamers, while Sunday will feature the third annual Bob Ross challenge – as well as a few special announcements as to what the future of Gamers Outreach has in store.

Be sure to join the action over at Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach! We’re proud to work with Twitch as our official streaming partner of Gamers for Giving. We can’t wait to see you in the chat on April 28th and 29th!