Support & Donate

This weekend, we’re trying to raise $20,000 to do more of this:

Gamers for Giving is a competitive video game tournament & LAN party that helps raise money to build portable video game carts for children in hospitals, much like the cart shown in the above video.

Additionally, funds raised from the event are used to distribute video game care packages to U.S. troops deployed overseas.

If you’re unable to attend this year’s event in person, we invite you to make a contribution, and join us during our live broadcast on http://www.twitch.tv/GamersOutreach. The stream will begin at 11:30 AM Eastern on both Saturday and Sunday.

Here is the tentative schedule for this year’s stream. All times are Eastern.

Saturday, February 8th

  • 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Call of Duty
  • 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Transition
  • 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM | Peggle
  • 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Transition
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | League of Legends
  • 6:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Transition
  • 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM | StarCraft 2
  • 8:15 PM – 8:30 PM | Transition
  • 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Call of Duty

Sunday, February 9th

  • 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Halo 4
  • 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Transition
  • 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM | League of Legends
  • 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Transition
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Call of Duty Finals
  • 6:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Transition
  • 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM | Peggle
  • 7:30 PM – 7:45 PM | Transition
  • 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM | Halo 4 Finals
  • 9 PM to 10:00 PM | LoL Finals

 

Gamers for Giving has begun!

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Gamers for Giving 2014 is this weekend, February 8th and 9th! As of this post, our team of volunteers is in the process of setting up this year’s event. We have a fantastic weekend in store, and we can’t wait for you to join us!

Here are a few last minute reminders for those who plan on attending:

  • Available Passes: Passes for the CoD Ghosts, Halo 4, and Killer Instinct tournaments are still available and can be purchased in advance here. Unsold passes will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis.
  • LAN – Sold Out: The BYOC LAN party is entirely sold out. No additional passes will be sold at the door.
  • CoD Ghosts Players: Remember to bring your Xbox 360 wired controller, your Ghost game disc, and a headset (optional). Astro mixamps will be provided.
  • Halo 4 Players: Remember to bring your Xbox 360 wired controller and headset. Astro mixamps will be provided.
  • Killer Instinct Players: Rember to bring your fight sticks / controllers!
  • Waiver: All participants must download and sign the event waiver. Please bring this to the event.
  • Game Drive: Gamers Outreach will be accepting used game donations at Gamers for Giving! Read more here.
  • Canned Food Items: a local Detroit non-profit will be accepting canned food items at Gamers for Giving. Read more here.

We’ll see you at the event!

Our Partners

It takes a lot of work to put together Gamers for Giving. We’re thankful to be working with a variety of partners from within the video game industry who generously dedicate resources to help us maximize our ability to impact lives through Gamers Outreach charity programs. Without their support, it would be incredibly difficult for us to host Gamers for Giving. So with that said, we’d like to give this year’s sponsors a huge shout out, and a big virtual hug, for helping us with this year’s event.

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Peggle Trophy Complete!

StrongSide’s Peggle 2 Championship trophy is now complete! This 15 inch tall monument to Peggle 2 will be awarded to the lucky gamer who is able to finish in 1st place during StrongSide’s Peggle 2 tournament!

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Entry into the tournament will be $5. Rules and maps will be posted at the event.

We’d like to send a special thank you to Amber “Refinerii” Conger who was able to construct this gorgeous piece of metal in an incredibly short time frame. You can read all about the construction process on her blog at http://refinerii.net/.

Best of luck, Peggle competitors! We’ll see you this weekend at Gamers for Giving!

 

Canned Food Drive

A group called “Ravers Against World Starvation” (RAWS) will be accepting canned food donations at Gamers for Giving 2014. The organization is a local Detroit non-profit organization, which is on a mission to help the community by collecting canned and non-perishable food items at different events for folks in need.

The organization will be accepting canned food and winter clothing. Donations can be made in the DJ area of Gamers for Giving, which will be located in between the BYOC LAN and console tournaments.

 

Donate Games

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Have any used Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 games you’re looking to get rid of? Why not donate them to a good cause? Gamers Outreach Foundation will be accepting used and new video game donations at Gamers for Giving 2014. These games are either sent to U.S. troops deployed overseas, donated to hospitals along with GO Karts, or sold to help us purchase needed supplies for one of the aforementioned programs.

Here’s a list of what we’ll be accepting during the weekend’s event:

  • Gaming consoles (any)
  • Xbox One Games
  • Ps4 Games
  • Xbox 360 Games
  • Ps3 Games

We hope to see you at Gamers for Giving 2014!

 

More LAN Seats Added

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Early last week, the Gamers for Giving 2014 BYOC LAN party sold out. Over the weekend, we evaluated our capability to accommodate more seats. We’re proud to say after assisting people on our priority wait list, we’ve added 17 more seats to the BYOC LAN party! The total number of seats in the LAN has been raised to 248 attendees, not including our own administrators.

Seats for the BYOC LAN party can be purchased here.

For the official schedule of activities, as well as a handy check list of what you’ll need to bring to the LAN, see here.

We look forward to seeing you on February 8th and 9th at Gamers for Giving!

More CoD Passes Added

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Late last week, the Gamers for Giving 2014 Call of Duty Ghosts tournament sold out. Over the weekend, we evaluated our capability to accommodate more teams. We’re proud to say we’ve added 16 more passes to the Call of Duty Ghosts tournament! The tournament team cap has been raised from 32 to 48 teams.

Team passes for the Ghosts tournament can be purchased here.

For rules and additional information on what you need to bring, please see our tournament PDF.

We look forward to seeing you on February 8th and 9th at Gamers for Giving!

StrongSide’s Peggle Championship

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Special guest Michael “StrongSide” Cavanaugh will be hosting a unique event within Gamers for Giving 2014 – our first ever tournament for the Xbox One game, Peggle 2! The tournament will last through both Saturday and Sunday, and entry will be available to all Gamers for Giving attendees for a $5 donation.

Struck with a case of extreme fever, StrongSide has commissioned a custom Peggle trophy from Refinerii, a metal sculptor from Boise, Idaho who also happens to be the same sculptor responsible for creating Blizzard’s WCS trophy for the Season 3 WCS Finals.

The Peggle 2 Championship will feature a varied tournament structure. The top 8 players with the highest single player scores from Saturday and part of Sunday will go head to head in a live streamed competition during the evening hours of the event on Sunday. The player able to advance past the other competitors in a single elimination bracket will be declared the champion, and shall receive the StrongSide Peggle 2 Championship trophy.

Here’s a rough sketch of what the trophy will look like…

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We look forward to seeing you at Gamers for Giving 2014!

Twitch.TV Partnership

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Gamers Outreach Foundation is proud to announce our official broadcast partner for Gamers for Giving 2014, Twitch.tv! In addition to being the Gamers for Giving livestreaming platform, Twitch is one of our event’s headline sponsors. As such, the company is providing an array of promotional support and is making a donation to the cause.

“This last year has been a real tipping point in terms of the philanthropic nature of gamers,” sasys Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “Millions have been raised by events hosted on Twitch thanks to the passion of the gaming community and events like Gamers for Giving. There’s no question that Gamers Outreach Foundation are making a difference in the world.”

If you’re unable to attend Gamers for Giving in person, you can catch all the action on our live stream at Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach.

Funds donated to Gamers for Giving will be used to help us build portable video game carts for kids in hospitals, and dispense video game care packages to U.S. troops overseas. More information about the fundraising aspect of our event can be found here.

You can check out the full press release on the official Twitch.tv blog here.