Registration Update

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Well, that escalated quickly! In case you didn’t hear: Gamers for Giving registration opened last Friday! Within 24 hours, all 488 general BYOC seats in our LAN party SOLD OUT! We’ve seen tickets move faster and faster each year, but an entire sell-out within 24 hours is certainly a new thing for us!

Here’s what’s still available (as of January 16):

  • VIP LAN Seats
    If you’re still hoping to participate in our BYOC LAN, a handful of VIP seats still remain. VIP tickets come with a variety of benefits, including access to our hospitality lounge, the “Sky Loft”, which is stocked with food and beverages throughout the weekend.
  • Halo 5 Passes
    Passes to compete in our Halo 5 tournament are still available! Purchase this ticket if you wish to compete in our Halo tournament, spanning both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Call of Duty Passes
    Team passes are still available for our Call of Duty MWR / IW tournaments on PS4! Remember, purchasing a ticket grants you and your team entry into BOTH tournaments. Whether you wish to compete in both is entirely up to you.
  • Smash Bros Melee
    Individual passes for the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament on Nintendo GameCube can still be purchased. Grab this pass if you’d like to compete in this year’s Smash tournament!

Ticket sales are managed by our friends at Intel LANFest, and can be purchased here.

Huge thanks to everyone in the community for the show of support. We’re looking forward to seeing you April 1 & 2 at the EMU Convocation Center!

Registration is Open!

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Gamers rejoice across the land! Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2017 has opened!

All tickets are sold through our friends at the Intel LANFest series, and can be purchased here.

Gamers for Giving 2017 will be taking place on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center. This year, we’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal to provide recreation and therapy to hospitalized children across the country. Specifically, a large portion of the funds raised will go towards constructing GO Karts – portable video game kiosks which are used to ensure patients have access to bedside activities during long-term care. Last year, we raised enough money to improve our manufacturing process, and over the coming weeks, more GO Karts will be delivered than we’ve constructed in the entire program’s existence!

Gamers for Giving funding will also help us expand the presence of our new initiative, Player 2, which empowers gamers to support families and staff undergoing treatment within hospitals.

blog1Eager to help us reach the goal? Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website.

Here’s a full breakdown of the passes available to purchase:

  • BYOC LAN Seat: $30 Online | $40 at the Door
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN. This ticket also grants you entry into all of our headline PC tournaments. As an attendee, you’ll bring your PC / console and have a dedicated space to play video games with fellow attendees for the entire weekend! Internet / 2 power outlets are provided with each seat. We’ll also be supporting a variety of casual PC game servers for leisure-play. Check out the LAN Party section of the website to see a list of things you’ll want to bring.
  • VIP LAN Seat & Sky Loft: $125 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN as a VIP. This ticket includes a number of extra benefits, including…

    • Access to the Gamers Outreach Sky Loft: The Sky Loft is a hospitality lounge with privileged views of the arena floor, set aside as an area for guests, partners, and streamers. Premium food items and beverages will be served in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the entirety of the Gamers for Giving venue.
    • Extra Table Space: VIPs receive an extra foot of table space.
    • Early Access to the Venue: VIPs will be able to set up their rigs before the doors of Gamers for Giving open.
    • Gamers for Giving T-shirt: VIPs receive a Gamers for Giving t-shirt as part of their purchase!
    • Skip the Check-in Line: VIPs will be able to bypass the check-in line the morning of Gamers for Giving.
  • Halo Team Pass: $160 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Halo 5 tournament on Xbox One. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Call of Duty Team Pass (MWR / IW): $160 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered AND Infinite Warfare tournaments. Tournaments will be hosted on the PlayStation 4 console. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee Player Pass: $20 Online | $30 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament on GameCube. This pass grants 1 player with access to the event.

As usual, press and spectators will be able to access Gamers for Giving for free! If you are a parent accommodating a minor, a member of the press, or you’re someone who just wants to come and check out the event, you’ll only need to visit the spectator check-in desk when you arrive.

Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting us with the hashtag #GFG2017! We hope to see you on April 1st & 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Ticket Listing

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Ready your computers, and grab your controllers! Gamers for Giving 2017 tickets will go on sale Friday, January 13th at 11:00 AM eastern!

Scheduled for April 1st & 2nd, Gamers for Giving 2017 will be taking place within the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. Here’s a breakdown of the passes available for purchase:

  • BYOC LAN Seat: $30 Online | $40 at the Door
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN. This ticket also grants you entry into all of our headline PC tournaments. As an attendee, you’ll bring your PC / console and have a dedicated space to play video games with fellow attendees for the entire weekend! Internet / 2 power outlets are provided with each seat. We’ll also be supporting a variety of casual PC game servers for leisure-play. Check out the LAN Party section of the website to see a list of things you’ll want to bring.
  • VIP LAN Seat & Sky Loft: $125 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN as a VIP. This ticket includes a number of extra benefits, including…

    • Access to the Gamers Outreach Sky Loft: The Sky Loft is a hospitality lounge with privileged views of the arena floor, set aside as an area for guests, partners, and streamers. Premium food items and beverages will be served in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the entirety of the Gamers for Giving venue.
    • Extra Table Space: VIPs receive an extra foot of table space.
    • Early Access to the Venue: VIPs will be able to set up their rigs before the doors of Gamers for Giving open.
    • Gamers for Giving T-shirt: VIPs receive a Gamers for Giving t-shirt as part of their purchase!
    • Skip the Check-in Line: VIPs will be able to bypass the check-in line the morning of Gamers for Giving.
  • Halo Team Pass: $160 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Halo 5 tournament on Xbox One. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Call of Duty Team Pass (MWR / IW): $160 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered AND Infinite Warfare tournaments. Tournaments will be hosted on the PlayStation 4 console. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee Player Pass: $20 Online | $30 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament on GameCube. This pass grants 1 player with access to the event.

As usual, press and spectators will be able to access Gamers for Giving for free! If you are a parent accommodating a minor, a member of the press, or you’re someone who just wants to come and check out the event, you’ll only need to visit the spectator check-in desk when you arrive.

Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting us with the hashtag #GFG2017! We hope to see you on April 1st & 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Console Tournaments

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Ready your controllers, console gamers! This update is for you! Today, we are proud to announce that Gamers for Giving 2017 will feature FOUR headline console tournaments.

Tournaments for each of the following titles will offer guaranteed cash AND/OR sponsored product prizes. Players will have a period of time to check in and warm up prior to the start of each respective tournament on Saturday and Sunday morning. Please see the Schedule section of the Gamers for Giving website for our complete time-frame of activities.

Note: we will be hosting TWO Call of Duty tournaments at Gamers for Giving, taking place on separate days. A single team pass will be available for purchase which will grant entry into BOTH tournaments. Players will be able to compete in both events, or one, depending on preference.

Settings and respective prize pools for each tournament will be made available in the near future. For the time being, we hope this preview will give you the chance to ready yourself and prepare for an incredible weekend of competition at Gamers for Giving 2017!

Registration opens Friday, January 13th. We look forward to seeing you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

The featured console tournaments at our 2017 event will be…

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Tournament Platform: Xbox One
Tournament Format: 4 vs 4
Prize Type: Cash Prize (TBD)
Schedule: Begins Saturday, April 1st – Ends Sunday, April 2nd

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Tournament Platform: PS4
Tournament Format: 4 vs 4
Prize Type: Sponsored Product
Schedule: Begins & Ends on Saturday, April 1st

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Tournament Platform: PlayStation 4
Tournament Format: 4 vs 4
Prize Type: Cash Prize (TBD)
Schedule: Begins & Ends on Sunday, April 2nd

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Tournament Platform: GameCube
Tournament Format: 1 vs 1
Prize Type: Cash Prize (TBD)
Schedule: Begins & Ends on Sunday, April 2nd

Hotel Reservations

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Quick update! For those of you interested in making travel arrangements, we’ve just acquired a discount link for hotel rooms at the Marriott Eagle Crest. The hotel is conveniently located approximately 8 minutes from the EMU Convocation Center.

Gamers for Giving will run throughout the entire weekend of April 1st and 2nd. The venue will be open throughout the night, and attendees are welcome to stay within the arena. However, if roughing the weekend with a sleeping bag or inflatable mattress doesn’t sound like your thing, the Marriott Eagle Crest is acting as the “official” Gamers for Giving 2017 hotel. Many of our team members and guests will be staying there throughout the weekend.

Discounted rooms are available for booking until February 12th. You can make a reservation here.

Hope to see you on April 1st and 2nd at Gamers for Giving 2017!

PC Tournaments

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Fellow members of the glorious PC master race: we bear good news! Today we are proud to announce the Gamers for Giving 2017 headline tournaments for PC enthusiasts! Tournaments for each of the following titles will feature guaranteed cash prizes AND/OR sponsored hardware and gift cards. Tournament entry will be available to all PC gamers who purchase seats in our BYOC LAN party.

Note: the LAN features activities for competitive and casual gamers alike. Consoles are also welcome in the LAN. The list below simply includes the titles we’ve selected to feature as our headline PC tournaments. There will certainly be an array of additional games played at the LAN. We will post information regarding our lineup of casual activities in the coming weeks.

Settings and respective prize pools for each tournament will be made available in the near future. For the time being, we hope this preview will give you the chance to ready yourself and prepare for an incredible weekend of competition at Gamers for Giving 2017!

Registration opens Friday, January 13th. We look forward to seeing you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Gamers for Giving 2017 will include PC tournaments for the following games:

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Tournament Format: 6 vs 6
Prize Type: Cash Prize (TBD)

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Tournament Format: 5 vs 5
Prize Type: Cash Prize (TBD)

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Tournament Format: 5 vs 5
Prize Type: Cash Prize (TBD)

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Tournament Format: 1 vs 1
Prize Type: Sponsor Hardware / Gift Cards (TBD)

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Tournament Format: 3 vs 3
Prize Type: Sponsor Hardware / Gift Cards (TBD)

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Tournament Format: 1 vs 1
Prize Type: Sponsor Hardware / Gift Cards (TBD)

Registration Opens January 13th

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Heads up, friends! Gamers for Giving 2017 tickets will go on sale Friday, January 13th!

Over these few weeks, we’ll be updating the Gamers for Giving website with all kinds of goodness related to next year’s event. Be on the lookout over the coming days as we upload our list of headline tournaments, travel information, ticket availability, and share various ways you can support the big fundraising goal!

As we get closer and closer to April, we’ll start rolling out our broadcast schedule, as well as any special activities taking place on the big weekend.

2017 is going to be an incredible year for Gamers Outreach, our programs, and those we support. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at Gamers for Giving!

Hope to see you on April 1st & 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Save the date! Gamers for Giving 2017

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Mark your calendars, fellow gamers! Our next annual Gamers for Giving event will be taking place on the weekend of April 1st & 2nd, 2017!

No, this is not an April fool’s joke – but think of the potential for streaming content!

We’ll once again be returning to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, a venue which hosts a wide array of events, including concerts, tradeshows, banquets, and Gamers for Giving!

Over the coming weeks, we’ll release more information regarding the 2017 event, including our fundraising goals, and schedule of headline tournaments and activities. As usual, you can expect a full weekend of competitive tournaments and casual LAN camaraderie.

In the meantime, we’re still working away to scale Project GO Kart and exercise the resources generated from our previous event! Be on the lookout this holiday / early next year as we begin rolling out the first new GO Kart units!

You can stay in sync with the latest news related to Gamers for Giving 2017 by following the Gamers for Giving blog, or following Gamers Outreach on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to use the official hashtag #GFG2017 on Twitter!

We can’t wait for next year’s event! Great things are in store, friends. Hope to see you there!

Photos are up!

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We’ve just uploaded a huge batch of photos from Gamers for Giving 2016 over on our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourself, or share the photos with friends!

Did you take any photos during the event you’d like to share? Send us an email at contact@gamersoutreach.org! We’d love to include your pics in our album, and give you credit wherever possible!

All the event photos can be found here. Enjoy!

And the final number is…

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The results are in! Thanks to attendee entry fees, donations during the event, our fabulous stream team, and our sponsors, the grand total raised during Gamers for Giving 2016 was… $172,494.55! Wowza!!

Here’s how that all broke down:

  • Raffle tickets, merch, donations at booth: $18,659.55
  • Matching donation from anonymous contributor: $7,000
  • Entry fees & streamer donations: $124,835.00 (~50% raised by the stream team!)
  • Sponsorship Donations (less event expenses): $22,000.00

Total raised = $172,494.55

This is absolutely incredible! We greatly surpassed our original $100K goal, and raised triple what was generated during last year’s event! This is an outstanding achievement, and we’re so thankful to everyone who was involved. To all those who participated, THANK YOU! We can’t wait to put these funds to use within children’s hospitals across the country.

Looking forward, our major goal this year is to proliferate Project GO Kart. Gamers Outreach currently supports 16 children’s hospitals. With the funds we’ve raised at Gamers for Giving, we’ll be able to construct GO Karts to benefit kids at many, many more all around country!

We also hope to use these funds to better streamline the GO Kart program. When we started Project GO Kart, it was a one-off initiative for our local hospital. Now however, nearly every other week a parent, donor, or hospital reaches out seeking GO Karts to benefit patients. In order for us to properly scale the program, there are a few major development challenges we hope to address.

First: we believe the GO Karts can be designed and built more efficiently. The current GO Karts are comprised of modified, existing products, as well as some of our own custom fabricated components. Prior to the start of Gamers for Giving, we started working with a manufacturing partner to help create a 2.0 version of the GO Kart. Once our prototypes are complete, we hope to use funds from Gamers for Giving to build a large batch of GO Karts – more than we’ve ever built before! By doing so, we’ll be able to create the GO Karts at a more accessible cost, and deliver them within a matter of days to hospitals around the U.S. (as opposed to 6 or 8 weeks). This is a project we’ve been working on for a long time, and we’ll be sharing more developments as our work progresses.

Second: we need help delivering GO Karts! We’ll need to reach out to gamers across the country who can help visit hospitals where GO Karts are being delivered. This is a volunteer opportunity we hope to discuss more beginning this summer, when the first GO Karts of the year begin rolling out!

Lastly: we hope to make the GO Karts more accessible for donors by implementing software tools that enable community based fundraising. Shortly before this year’s event, we launched the Gamers Outreach fundraising platform. While it’s only the 1.0 version right now, this is a platform we will continue to develop that will empower patients, gamers, and families to fundraise for hospitals of their choosing.

We can’t wait to continue to share the work you’ve enabled within children’s hospitals. As gamers, we’re just happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this! It’s been incredibly special to see the joy GO Karts help bring to the hospital environment. Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done for patients and families!

Be sure to keep up with the development of our charity programs throughout the year at www.GamersOutreach.org.

We hope to see you at Gamers for Giving 2017!