Welcome DXRacer!

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Let’s be honest, as gamers, we spend a pretty good amount of time sitting in chairs. That’s why we’re excited to announce our newest partnership with DXRacer, a company that creates high quality gaming and office chairs! DXRacer chairs are known for their race car aesthetic, but are also ergonomically designed to ensure comfort and proper posture during late night gaming sessions.

As a company that is local to Ann Arbor, Michigan (we were surprised too!) we’re proud to welcome DXRacer as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving 2015. The company’s support will help us make an even larger difference in hospitals across the country, as well as those in our own backyard.

If you’re on Twitter, be sure to give the folks at @DXRacerUSA some love! Gamers for Giving casters will be supported by DXRacer chairs during our live broadcast, and event attendees will have the chance to win some chairs of their own during the event.

We look forward to seeing you at Eastern Michigan University on February 21st & 22nd!

 

Uber Partnership

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We’re excited to announce that Gamers Outreach is partnering with Uber as the official transportation provider of Gamers for Giving 2015!

Gamers for Giving attendees will be able to use Uber to travel to the venue, and to explore the surrounding areas of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

If you are new to the service, you can use code GAMERSOUTREACH to receive $20 in Uber credits!

The distance between the Marriott Eagle Crest hotel and the venue is only 3 miles. The approximate fare would be between $5 – $12 dollars. If you are staying at the Marriott, the GAMERSOUTREACH sign up code will allow you to easily move to and from the venue.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at Gamers for Giving 2015! Be sure to give our friends at @Uber_MI some love on Twitter!

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Special Guest Feature: Michelle D’Antonio

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Joining us for her first Gamers for Giving, Michelle “Missyeru” D’Antonio will be making an appearance at this year’s event!

Michelle has been involved in the costuming community for the past 10 years as an experienced costume crafter and video game enthusiast. What started as a hobby has led to a career in the film industry making costumes for “real” superheroes, including characters from The Hunger Games, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Oblivion.

When Michelle isn’t busy costuming for her next convention, you can find her streaming League of Legends! At the League of Legends Season 3 World  Championships in Anaheim, she collaborated with other experts in the cosplay community to create a live size Corki Cosplay for Keith “Aerion” Knight and his wheelchair.

This will be Michelle’s first Gamers for Giving, and we’re excited to have her representing the cosplay community in support of the cause!

 

Healing Through Games

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Gamers Outreach was recently featured in an article from Concentrate Media, which details the founding story of our organization, and provides insight as to what’s ahead for us in 2015. It’s a great piece that highlights the impact Gamers for Giving has been able to help us make over the past number of years.

If you have some time, give the article a read, and learn about how Project GO Kart is currently helping more than 26,000 children in hospitals around the country!

The full story can be found here.

Special Guest Feature: Goldenboy

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He’s the lovable man with the golden voice of eSports – join us in welcoming back Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez to Gamers for Giving!

Goldenboy first joined the gaming scene years ago as a competitor when he experienced the same competitive sensations behind the controller as he had as an athlete throughout high school. His love for eSports led to pursuing tournament titles in Halo, Call of Duty, and even Asphalt 4 for the cell phone.

His infectious personality and positive reputation as a community mentor unexpectedly put him at the forefront of the industry when, in 2011 at the MLG National Championships for Black Ops, Alex was invited to cast an event. Since then, he has been invited to host and cast events for ReedPop, Microsoft, Square-Enix, Sony, Activision, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, MLG, IPL. WCG, UMG, ESL, Paradox Interactive… ok, basically everybody. He is also a regular contributor to gaming news giant Kotaku.com and frequent guest on console gaming discussion shows.

Most recently, he accepted a full time position with Twitch, where he helps manage publisher and developer relationships.

Goldenboy will be bringing back his luscious voice and charm to Gamers for Giving for the second year in a row. As one of the hosts of the Halo Championship Series, Goldenboy will be holding down the fort during the Halo broadcast, along with his fellow co-casters Walshy and Bravo. Easter egg: Goldenboy sports an orange Gamers Outreach wristband everywhere he goes. Look out for it on stream! We’re excited to have him back supporting the cause.

Welcome Back, Elgato!

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Gamers Outreach is proud to welcome Elgato Gaming as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving 2015!

For those of you who frequently stream or are interested in broadcasting your gameplay, give Elgato a look! Elgato products allow gamers to record and stream Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii U gameplay with the Elgato Game Capture HD60. Seamlessly capture hours of your best moments in stunning 1080p with 60 fps and access them directly on your PC or Mac. The built-in Live Streaming feature gets you up and running on Twitch, YouTube or Ustream in a snap. With Stream Command, easily add your webcam and overlays, and change your stream layout on-the-fly with scenes. Add your voice with the built-in Live Commentary feature, and you’re all set for the big show.

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As a second year supporter of Gamers for Giving, Elgato joins our team of partners who are providing us with resources to help expand the impact of Gamers Outreach programs in 2015. Thanks to Elgato’s support, Gamers for Giving attendees and stream viewers will have the opportunity to win capture card giveaways throughout the weekend!

Be sure to give them some love on Twitter, and follow @GamersOutreach for updates during the event to have the chance at winning one of their provided capture devices!

Welcome back, Elgato! Thank you for supporting this year’s event!

Team Pass Transfers

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For those who are competing in the Gamers for Giving Halo or Call of Duty tournament, please note the following: beginning on Wednesday, February 11th, team passes will no longer be transferable. If you have purchased a team pass to compete at Gamers for Giving, but wish to transfer the pass to another account, you must submit your request before Wednesday, February 11th. Requests to transfer passes after Wednesday will not be accepted.

Refund requests for those unable to attend the event will be accepted until 48 hours prior to the event. Passes will be offered to the next eligible team on the waiting list once the refund has been processed.

Pass transfer and refund requests can be made by opening a support ticket on the LANFest website. Please include your PayPal transaction ID with your request.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone compete at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center on February 21st & 22nd!

Special Guest Feature: Axeltoss

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Professional StarCraft 2 commentator Alex “Axeltoss” Rodriguez will be joining us for his third year as an on-air personality at Gamers for Giving 2015!

In 2012, Axeltoss played a major role in organizing and launching the Lone Star Clash, an event bringing together multiple universities and professional gamers to compete in a live streamed StarCraft 2 tournament. Additional casts included the World Cyber Games USA Qualifiers and National Finals event in 2012, and the Battle.net World Championship Series Global Finals.

During Major League Gaming’s tenure with StarCraft 2 and the WCS in 2013, Axeltoss served as the on-air host for multiple tournaments and on-air broadcasts within the organization. His resume as both a major event’s caster and organizer spans back to 2011, when his notoriety as an on-air personality quickly escalated after casting events such as the North American Star League Seasons, the Team Liquid Open Series, and MLG Providence.

Most recently, Axeltoss served as an on-air personality for the Red Bull Battle Grounds circuit, a series of StarCraft 2 events hosted by Red Bull that pitted some of today’s most notorious StarCraft competitors against one another in contests for WCS points, glory, and prize money.

Axeltoss will once again be joining Gamers Outreach supporters at Gamers for Giving, and will be assisting with stream activities throughout the weekend.

If you’re a fan of StarCraft, or enjoy deep, philosophical conversations over the meaning of life, be sure to say hello to Axeltoss during Gamers for Giving! Easter egg: ask him about the lightning story.

Schedule Updated

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We’ve recently made an adjustment to the Gamers for Giving schedule. The Call of Duty and Halo tournament will now be resuming a bit earlier on Sunday than originally planned. Both tournaments will now resume at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning, rather than their originally scheduled time of 12 PM. Players may warm up between 9:00 AM and 9:45 AM on Sunday morning.

Our starting time on Saturday, as well as the schedule for all other activities is still the same.

The full schedule for this year’s event can be found here.

We’ll see you on February 21st & 22nd at Eastern Michigan University!

 

Halo Settings

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The settings and round by round schedule for the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament have been posted!

For convenience, we have posted the entirety of the rules / settings in this blog (see below). A PDF version of the rule set can also be found on our Tournaments page.

Please note: we will be updating this document next week to include our policies on match resets and in-game malfunctions. The updated document will be posted to our tournament page. We will make an announcement via Facebook and Twitter once the edits are complete.

Please also note: we have updated the Gamers for Giving schedule! The tournament will still begin on Saturday as scheduled, however, we will be resuming the tournament on Sunday, February 22nd a bit earlier than originally planned. Sunday’s activities will now begin at 10:00 AM.

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Gamers for Giving 2015: Halo 2 Anniversary Tournament Settings

Prize pool provided by 343 Industries

1st Place: 3000 HCS Points | $6,000.00
2nd Place: 2000 HCS Points | $3,000.00
3rd Place: 1400 HCS Points | $1,000.00
4th Place: 900 HCS Points
5th Place: 450 HCS Points
6th Place: 400 HCS Points
7th Place: 300 HCS Points
8th Place: 250 HCS Points
9th – 16th Place: 150 HCS Points
17th – 32nd Place: 75 HCS Points

Gamers for Giving 2015 will feature a double elimination 4 vs 4 Halo 2: Anniversary tournament, played on Xbox One. The tournament will be open to registered competitors.

The tournament will last over the course of both Saturday, February 21st and Sunday, February 22nd. Players may check-in for the event on Saturday, February 21st at 10:00 AM. Once checked in, players will be able to warm up on the tournament stations until 11:30 AM. The tournament will begin promptly at 12:00 PM.

The second day of the tournament will begin on Sunday, February 22nd. Players will be able to check in and warm up at 9:00 AM until 9:45 AM. The tournament will resume at 10:00 AM.

The tournament will be a double elimination tournament (teams must lose two matches to be eliminated). Matches will be based on a best-of-three games (Bo3) format, until Winner’s Bracket Round 4, and Loser’s Bracket Round 5. At this point, the tournament will shift to a best-of-five games format. The first team to win 2 of 3 games during the Bo3 portion of the event will move on through the tournament. The team that loses its match will be placed in the loser’s bracket, or will face elimination if already in the loser’s bracket. Similarly, during the Bo5 portion of the tournament, the team that wins 3 of 5 games first will advance through the winner’s bracket. Teams that lose their match will be placed in the loser’s bracket, or will face elimination if already in the loser’s bracket.

Players must bring their own Xbox One controller with the wired Xbox One Play & Charge Kit. All controllers will need to be used in the WIRED mode. Wireless controllers are not allowed.

Xbox One consoles, Astro MixAmps, and BenQ monitors will be provided at the event. Players must provide their own headsets. The entire tournament will be full screen. Profiles with Halo MCC unlocked will already be loaded on the console.

Game Settings

All of the required settings are listed below. If a setting is not listed, it should not be changed from its default state.

General Settings:

  • Primary Weapon: Battle Rifle
  • Secondary Weapon: None
  • Motion Sensor: Off
  • Death Cam: Off
  • Map Loadouts: Off
  • Weapons on Map: Default
  • Suicide Penalty: None
  • Betrayal Penalty: None

Team Slayer Settings:

  • Time Limit: 15 minutes
  • Score to Win: 50

3 Flag CTF on Shrine Settings:

  • Score to Win: 3
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Flag at Home to Score: On
  • Flag Return: On Touch
  • Flag Reset Time: 15 Second 

5 Flag CTF on Warlord Settings:

  • Score to Win: 5
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Flag at Home to Score: On
  • Flag Return: On Touch
  • Flag Reset Time: 15 Seconds

Team King of the Hill Settings:

  • Score to Win: 200 Seconds
  • Time Limit: 12 Minutes
  • Hill Movement: Progressive
  • Hill Duration: 1 minute

Neutral Bomb Assault Sanctuary Settings:

  • Score to Win: 3
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Bomb Arm Time: 5 seconds
  • Bomb Diffuse: 3 seconds
  • Bomb Reset: 30 seconds

Neutral Bomb Assault Warlord Settings:

  • Score to Win: 5
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Bomb Arm Time: 5 seconds
  • Bomb Diffuse: 3 seconds
  • Bomb Reset: 30 seconds

Oddball Settings:

  • Score to Win: 200
  • Time Limit: 12 minutes
  • Respawn Time: 10 seconds
  • Ball Spawning: Static
  • Initial Bomb Physics: Free

Round by Round Schedule (listed in the order rounds will be played – some rounds will be played simultaneously towards the end of the tournament):

Saturday, February 21st:

  • Check-in: 10 AM to 11:30 AM | Tournament begins at 12 PM.
  • WB Round 1 (Bo3): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord
  • WB Round 2 (Bo3): Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown
  • LB Round 1 (Bo3): King of the Hill on Lockdown, Team Slayer on Warlord, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine
  • WB Round 3 (Bo3): Oddball on Lockdown, Team Slayer on Warlord, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine
  • LB Round 2 (Bo3): Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, Oddball on Lockdown
  • WB Round 4 (Bo5): King of the Hill on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord, Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Shrine
  • LB Round 3 (Bo3): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord
  • LB Round 4 (Bo3): King of the Hill on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine

Sunday, February 22nd:

  • Warm up: 9 AM to 9:45 AM | Tournament resumes at 10 AM.
  • LB Round 5 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown
  • WB Round 5 (Bo5): Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord
  • LB Round 6 (Bo5): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord, Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine
  • WB Round 6 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord, Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord
  • LB Round 7 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord, Oddball on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown
  • LB Round 8 (Bo5): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, King of the Hill on Warlord, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine
  • LB Round 9 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord
  • Grand Finals: Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown. If necessary: Neutral Bomb on Assault, Team Slayer on Warlord, Oddball on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine

Penalties & Disputes:

  • This document will be modified during the week of 02/09/15 to include rules and procedures for game resets and in-game errors.
  • Any form of cheating, glitching, abusing in-game mechanics, or unsportsmanlike behavior may result in the forfeit of a map, match, or disqualification from Gamers for Giving. Players must not use obscene gestures, language, or offensive comments during tournament activity. These include:
    • Profane words of phrases
    • Hate speech
    • Illegal drugs or controlled substances
    • Illegal activities
    • Controversial religious topics
    • Any “sound-alike” or “lookalike” words or phrases that reference these topics.
    • Any other conduct deemed inappropriate at the discretion of tournament mods.
  • All decisions of the Halo tournament manager and 343 Industries are final. Players must respect referees and event staff at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from Gamers for Giving.

Questions / Feedback:

To submit a suggestion for the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament, email us via contact@gamersoutreach.org.