Posted on November 8th, 2018
*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!
Posted on April 30th, 2018
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!!!
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!
Posted on April 28th, 2018
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:
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
Posted on April 27th, 2018
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.
Here are some of our remaining updates before the big weekend’s event!
We’re looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!!
Posted on April 27th, 2018
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!
Posted on April 26th, 2018
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!
Posted on April 26th, 2018
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…
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!
Posted on April 25th, 2018
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!
Posted on April 25th, 2018
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!
Posted on April 24th, 2018
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.
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.