ADTRAN Supports Network

Our network engineers don’t get the credit they deserve.

For months leading up to the event, a handful of individuals work behind-the-scenes to plan an extensive network infrastructure capable of allowing 1000+ people to game without interruption during the weekend of Gamers for Giving.

This year, we’ve made a few improvements to our hardware thanks to our friends at ADTRAN.

ADTRAN is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. Their products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. Many of their product solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations and millions of individual users worldwide.

As anyone who has run LAN parties knows, network equipment for an event of our size can be quite expensive. Thankfully, with ADTRAN’s support, we’re able to scale our hardware for the increased number of connections at this year’s Gamers for Giving without worrying about the budget.

Be sure to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter. Their team has been a massive help in making our LAN event possible!

We’re looking forward to everyone enjoying a weekend of gaming at this year’s event! We’ll see you on April 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center.

PUBG Tournament Format

For those of you gearing up to play some PUBG with us at Gamers for Giving this weekend, we wanted to make you aware that our tournament settings have been posted!

During Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be hosting a PUBG solo free-for-all tournament in first person perspective. Players will progress through rounds of the tournament by accumulating points weighted by kills and placing.

The grand prize winner will receive $1500, free Chipotle burritos for a year, our 10th anniversary Gamers for Giving trophy, and a PUBG swag pack. The second place finisher will receive $800 and a PUBG swag pack. Players that finish in 3rd – 10th place will receive a PUBG mouse mat.

Details regarding the tournament format can be found here.

In addition to our headline tournament, we’ll be hosting a variety of perpetual casual servers for attendees to enjoy during the weekend. The custom games servers will be live during the event.

We look forward to enjoying a whole lot of chicken dinners with you all at Gamers for Giving!

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

Welcome SteelSeries

SteelSeries has long been the go-to provider of hardware for PC gaming enthusiasts. For many years, their name has been synonymous with performance-grade equipment and esports culture.

The team from SteelSeries has been gracious enough to provide us with an assortment of headsets, keyboards, mice, and mouse mats that will be given away to attendees on-site and to donors online! They’ll also be outfitting our streamer area for any of our special guests in need of equipment.

We’re excited to welcome SteelSeries to Gamers for Giving as a partnered hardware provider, and for their support in our quest to raise $350K for hospitalized children!

Be sure to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to seeing you on April 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

2018 Local Servers

Are you a PC gamer who attends a LAN party to, you know, actually play on the LAN? Well, we’ve got good news! We plan on hosting a number of local servers at this year’s event! Here’s what we’ll be running:

  • CS:GO
  • CS:S
  • TF2
  • TF2:MVM
  • HL2:DM
  • BlackMesa
  • Garry’s Mod:TTT
  • Minecraft Creative
  • Minecraft Survival
  • UT2004
  • GoldenEye Source

We’ll also be hosting custom online servers for PUBG! You’ll be able to find our Gamers for Giving servers listed in-game during the weekend of the event.

And don’t forget – all our headline PC tournaments are open to LAN attendees! The full list of competitive events can be found on our Tournaments page.

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

Gamers for Giving 2018 is THIS WEEKEND!

10 years in the making.

At long last, the big weekend is finally in sight! Gamers for Giving 2018 will be taking place THIS WEEKEND at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center!

On April 28th and 29th, hundreds of video game enthusiasts from across the country will be joining us to participate in one of North America’s largest LAN parties.

In addition to the gaming festivities, we’ll be chasing down a $350,000 fundraising goal in support of providing entertainment devices to hospitalized children. What’s more: this year’s goal is being matched by our friends at PUBG Corp. which means we could potentially raise as much as $700,000!

Here’s a quick highlight of some of our recent news updates:

  • As of this blog post, passes to compete in our Halo, Call of Duty, and Smash Bros. Melee tournament still remain! Get yours here.
  • Our NZXT x PUBG PC giveaway will end on April 30th! You can enter for a chance to win here.
  • From across the world, we’ll be joined by a number of incredible streamers at this year’s Gamers for Giving! Check out the full lineup and say hello!
  • We’ve made a ton of progress in the hospital environment since last year’s event, but there’s still more work to be done. Learn about our cause.
  • Unable to attend, but still want to support this year’s fundraiser? Check out this helpful guide for how you can donate, stream, or spread the word!

Whether you’re streaming from home, or joining us at the EMU Convocation Center, we look forward to having you be a part of this year’s efforts! We’ll see you on April 28th & 29th!

The 2018 Stream Team

During this year’s Gamers for Giving, we’ll be joined by a number of streamers (both online and on-site) from the video game industry who have volunteered their time to make a difference for kids in hospitals!

Reaching our $350K fundraising goal wouldn’t be possible without the support of companies like Twitch, and the collective power of the streaming community!

The following broadcasters will be joining us on-site LIVE at this year’s Gamers for Giving!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll be producing our own broadcast on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel, hosted by Walshy, SirScoots, Goldenboy, and Axeltoss! Our main stream schedule will be posted soon – but you can be sure to expect some PUBG competition, along with our annual Bob Ross challenge! We’ll also have a couple big announcements to share as we chase after our $350K fundraising goal in support of the kids!

Interested in streaming yourself? You can help support the cause by getting involved from home! Check out this article for helpful resources to get your fundraising campaign started, or consider hosting any of the Gamers Outreach streams on your channel! Don’t forget to tag us on social media so we can help promote your efforts!

Our main broadcast stream will run on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern time!

We’ll see you all online April 28th & 29th!

How to Stream: Supporting Gamers Outreach

At this year’s Gamers for Giving, we’ll be chasing down a $350,000 fundraising goal (matched by PUBG) in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children.

Reaching this incredible milestone isn’t going to be possible without the support of the gaming community. We need your help!

During the weekend of April 28th and 29th, as hundreds of attendees convene at the EMU Convocation Center, we’ll be pushing out a live stream on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel, sharing the latest updates on our cause, and seeking support from our fellow gamers.

In addition to our own broadcast, we’re honored to be joined by a number of streamers from across the internet who will be on-site to help raise funds for hospitalized patients nationwide.

Interested in getting involved yourself? You can start a stream of your very own from home, make a donation, or help spread the word! Here’s how to help:

  • Fundraise: We recently built our own fundraising platform which allows gamers to stream in support of Gamers Outreach programs! You can start a general fundraiser, or even rally your community to construct GO Karts for a hospital of your preference. Not a streamer? No sweat! You can still use the platform to reach out to friends, family, or colleagues in support of the big weekend’s goal! Create your first fundraising campaign here. Need artwork for your stream? Download our stream assets here.
  • Donate: Any amount helps! Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website, or by visiting www.GamersOutreach.org/donate.
  • Watch: Gamers Outreach will be streamed live all weekend on our Twitch channel, and with help from a variety of streamers in the gaming community. Be sure to check out our Stream page for all the details!
  • Spread the Word: Unable to make a donation, but still want to be involved? Help spread Gamers for Giving hype on social media! You can use the hashtag #GFG2018 to help promote this year’s event and encourage friends to get involved.

Whether you’re streaming from home, or joining us at the EMU Convocation Center, we look forward to having you be a part of this year’s efforts! We’ll see you on April 28th & 29th! Let’s help others level up!

ASTRO Family

 

For 9 years we’ve been proud to call ourselves part of the #ASTROfamily. Having built a GO Kart themselves, the ASTRO Gaming crew has stood alongside Gamers Outreach since the early days of our founding, and the brand continues to be one of our greatest advocates.

ASTRO Gaming creates premium video gaming equipment and peripherals for professional gamers and hardcore enthusiasts. Spun-off from design powerhouse ASTRO Studios, (an industrial design firm responsible for the look & feel of such products as the Xbox 360, HP Blackbird, and Nike+ FuelBand) ASTRO Gaming is a leading manufacturer of video gaming accessories.

If you’re in the market for a new headset, be sure to check out some of the products available at AstroGaming.com. They’re a group of fantastic people who truly produce some of the best accessories available in the market.

Each of our console stations will be equipped with ASTRO Gaming Mixamps. We’ll also be awarding a number of ASTRO products to attendees through various activities at the event, as well as our raffle.

We’re looking forward to another great Gamers for Giving event on April 28th & 29th, proudly supported by ASTRO Gaming!

Less Than Two Weeks Away!

We’re just under TWO WEEKS away from the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving! All aboard the hype train!!

Here are some of the latest updates on this year’s event:
  • In partnership with our friends at PUBG Corp. and NZXT, we’re excited to unveil a special PC giveaway celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving! Click here for details and how to win.
  • Competing in one of our headline tournaments? All players that finish in 1st place will win free burritos for a year thanks to Chipotle! More info here.
  • Passes to compete in the Gamers for Giving console tournaments (Halo, Call of Duty, and Smash Bros. Melee) are still available! Purchase here.
    This year, we’re chasing down a $350,000 fundraising goal (matched by PUBG) to provide entertainment to hospitalized children. Read more about our cause and how you can get involved here.
  • DTS Audio is joining us as a sponsor of this year’s event, and will be providing pancakes on Sunday morning! Come hungry.

We’re so excited for this year’s Gamers for Giving, and can’t wait to celebrate with you all. We hope to see you at the EMU Convocation Center, or online during this year’s stream!

Interested in fundraising on your own? You can start a campaign during the weekend of Gamers for Giving here.

See you April 28th & 29th!

NZXT & PUBG PC Giveaway

 

Airdrop incoming!

In partnership with PUBG Corp. and NZXT, we’re excited to unveil a special PC giveaway celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving!

Themed after the PUBG airdrop crate, this Level 3 gaming rig comes with a customized NZXT H700i case, and is packed with all the hardware you’ll need to win some chicken dinners.

The PC specs are as follows…

  • ​CASE – NZXT H700i (PUBG / Gamers Outreach theme)
  • CPU COOLING – NZXT Kraken X62
  • MOTHERBOARD – NZXT N7 Z370 (Custom PUBG Paint Color)
  • GPU (GRAPHICS) – MSI GTX 1080 8GB Gaming X
  • CPU – INTEL Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core
  • POWER SUPPLY – Seasonic Focus Plus 850W 80+ Gold
  • EXTRA – Cablemod 6+2 PIN Basic Cable Extension Kit (Red)
  • RAM – G.SKILL TridentZ 3000 Mhz 16GB
  • STORAGE – CRUCIAL MX500 1TB
  • STORAGE – SAMSUNG 960 EVO 500GB M.2
  • SOFTWARE – MICROSOFT Windows 10 Home

Between now and April 30th, you can enter for the chance to win this PC by completing a variety of actions on Twitter, or by donating at least $5 to Gamers Outreach!

Entries can be submitted on our Gleam giveaway page, located here.

This giveaway is for U.S. residents only. No purchase or contribution is necessary to enter or win. See the Gleam giveaway page for official Terms & Conditions.

A huge shout out to the teams from PUBG and NZXT for collaborating on this beautiful PC in support of raising funds and awareness for Gamers Outreach programs. We can’t wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving on April 28th & 29th! We hope to see you at the EMU Convocation Center or on the stream!