Hotel Information

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For those of you who are in need of lodging during Gamers for Giving 2015 – we have great news! We’ve partnered with the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Hotel at Eagle Crest to offer hotel rooms at a discounted rate of $122 per night. The hotel is located just 5 minutes away from the venue, half a mile from the main highway (I-94).

Gamers for Giving attendees can book rooms online using this link here.

Gamers for Giving 2015 lasts throughout the entire weekend of February 21st & 22nd. The venue will be open throughout the night, and attendees are welcome to stay at the venue. However, if roughing the weekend with a sleeping bag or inflatable mattress doesn’t sound appealing, check out the rooms at the Eagle Crest using the link above. Many of our volunteers & special guests will be staying there as well. It’s the place to be if you’re looking to mingle after-hours!

We are also currently working to secure access to transportation services to and from the hotel for attendees. More on that front soon.

Tournaments Announced!

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The lineup of headline tournaments appearing at Gamers for Giving 2015 has been posted! As always, Gamers for Giving will feature tournaments for both PC and console gamers alike. Each of the headline tournaments will have a guaranteed prize pool up for grabs. Prize pools will be announced in the coming weeks.

Individuals interested in participating in our tournaments for PC games will only need to purchase a seat in the BYOC LAN party. There will be a specific check-in desk at the event where we’ll be collecting team and player information for PC tournaments. The PC tournaments will be open to all BYOC LAN attendees.

For those interested in competing in our console tournaments, team / player passes will be available for purchase. Consoles, game discs, and monitors will all be provided, as usual. Players will be responsible for bringing their own controllers and accessories (e.g. headsets).

The headline tournaments at Gamers for Giving 2015 will be…

PC Games

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • League of Legends
  • StarCraft 2

Console Games

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One)
  • Halo 2 Anniversary (Xbox One)
  • Peggle 2 World Championship (Xbox One)
  • Super Smash Brothers (Wii U)

Tournament details will be posted in the coming weeks. Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2015 will be open in November. The event will be free for spectators.

We hope you’ll be bringing your A-game to Eastern Michigan University on February 21st and 22nd!

A little refresh…

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Hey folks! Quick update: if you click through the website a bit, you’ll notice we’ve gone through and refreshed each page in preparation for Gamers for Giving 2015! Over the next few months, we’ll be rolling out content and specific information related to our upcoming event.

Gamers for Giving 2015 registration will open in November. Be on the look out for our announcement!

In the meantime, you can keep in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter. The official hashtag for Gamers for Giving 2015 is #GFG2015.

We hope to see you on February 21st & 22nd at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center!

This weekend: Battle Grounds – Detroit

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This weekend, our friends from Red Bull are bringing their Battle Grounds tournament series to Detroit, Michigan!

The event will be taking place within the Garden Theater of Detroit from August 22nd to the 24th.

Competitor passes and spectator tickets are still available for purchase here.

Red Bull has been a long time supporter of Gamers Outreach. If you’ve never been to a Red Bull event, you owe it to yourself to come out and join us this weekend.Their eSports team really puts together a top-notch show.

We hope to see you this weekend! If you have any questions about the event, reach out to the Red Bull eSports team on twitter – @redbullESPORTS

Red Bull Battle Grounds – Detroit

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We’ve got some great news for fellow Midwest eSports enthusiasts! Our friends over at Red Bull are bringing their Battle Grounds series to Detroit, Michigan!

In case you’re unfamiliar, Red Bull Battle Grounds is a StarCraft II tournament circuit that pits some of today’s top professional gamers against one another for prize money and glory.

The Detroit event will feature an open competition for up to 128 StarCraft II players, and boasts a prize pool of $25,000.00. Participation in the tournament is available to all players who’ve achieved at least Diamond status in StarCraft II. Additionally, 4000 WCS points will be awarded to the top 16 finishers, and the tournament winner will receive a trip to compete at the Battle Grounds Grand Final in Washington D.C.

Red Bull Battle Grounds  will be coming to the Garden Theater of Detroit during the weekend of August 22nd – 24th, 2014.

Spectator and tournament passes are available for purchase here.

We hope to see you at the event!

Save the Date: GFG 2015

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Save the date, friends! Gamers for Giving 2015 will be taking place during the weekend of February 21st and 22nd at Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center.

Additional details and a full schedule for the event will be released over the coming months. As usual, you’ll be able to expect a full weekend of competitive gaming tournaments and LAN party activities.

Here’s the overview of what’s coming…

  • BYOC LAN for PC and console gamers, presented by our friends at LANFest.
  • Console gaming tournaments.
  • Live streams throughout the weekend.
  • Special industry guests, giveaways, and more!

Since its inception in 2008, Gamers for Giving has become one of the premier competitive gaming events in the Midwest. Proceeds from Gamers for Giving activities are used to fund charity initiatives managed by Gamers Outreach Foundation, such as building portable gaming carts for children’s hospitals, and sending video game care packages to U.S. troops overseas. The event provides video game enthusiasts with an opportunity to combine passion for gaming with charitable action in a live competitive atmosphere.

The Intel LANFest series  is a nation-wide BYOC (bring your own computer) LAN organization sponsored by Intel that features gaming tournaments and activities intended to entertain both casual and hardcore gamers. Ticket proceeds are donated to local charities. To date, LANFest has raised over $440,00.00 dollars for charity organizations.

Over the coming months, we’ll be updating the Gamers for Giving website with information related to the 2015 event. Until then, you can keep up with all the latest Gamers Outreach happenings by finding us on Twitter or Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you in February, 2015!

 

 

 

eBay Store

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In the market for old school video games? Gamers Outreach has launched an eBay store! We’re in the process of selling off older titles in our donated games inventory that can’t be directly used for our charity programs.

As a new seller on eBay, we can only upload 5 items in the ‘video game’ category at a time. Be on the look out for newly uploaded batches of games as items sell!

The entire collection of items for sale can be found here.

Let us know if anything catches your eye!

 

Sticker Delivery

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For those of you who requested Gamers for Giving 2014 stickers, all stickers were mailed out in mid April. If you have not yet received your stickers, shoot us an email via contact@gamersoutreach.org and we’ll send over a new batch asap!

That is all.

League & Refund Reminder

Last week, Gamers Outreach met with Eastern Michigan University to discuss Saturday’s internet outage during Gamers for Giving. As those of you who participated in the BYOC LAN are aware, Eastern’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) experienced technical difficulties during our event, which greatly impacted the school’s ability to provide quality service to our attendees on Saturday.

Everyone who participated in the BYOC LAN should have received an email last week which detailed two possible options for attendees who were affected. Attendees can either choose to request a refund, or participate in our online League of Legends tournament. Both scenarios are outlined below…

  • Request a Refund: Eastern Michigan has offered to refund attendees who were inconvenienced or were unable to participate in planned activities on Saturday. The refund process will not affect funds that were generated at Gamers for Giving to support the charity programs of Gamers Outreach. Refunds can be requested by opening a support ticket on the Intel LANFest website, located here. Please make the subject of your ticket “GFG Refund Request.” In the body of your message, provide us with your PayPal transaction ID. A representative from LANFest will issue your refund. The refund request period will close at 11:59 PM on March 7th, 2014.
  • League of Legends: We will be hosting this year’s headline League of Legends tournament online. The tournament will feature the same guaranteed cash prize pool, as well as A30 Headsets for the team that finishes in 1st place. Registration for the tournament is available to everyone who purchased a seat in the BYOC LAN. Registration is not available for players who request a refund (see above). To participate, please follow the steps below…
    • Have your team captain complete the registration form, located here. Registration will close on Monday, March 10th.
    • The tournament will take place on Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th. Any schedule changes will be communicated in advance by the tournament moderator.
    • The tournament format, schedule, and general guidelines for how the event will run will be communicated to all teams by the tournament moderator on Tuesday, March 11th.
    • 1st Place will receive $1,500 (split between players) and Astro A30 headsets.
    • 2nd Place will receive $750.

ISP problems aside, Gamers Outreach plans to continue to work with Eastern as we host Gamers for Giving in the future. Eastern has been an incredibly supportive partner over the years, and we greatly value the relationship that’s been cultivated between our organization and the University.

We also want to send a big thanks to all of our LAN attendees for being patient alongside us as we worked through Saturday’s incident. Our team of volunteers put in some crazy hours to make Gamers for Giving a reality. It’s an event we love hosting, and we hope to continue producing the event for years to come. Your support means the world to us, and we can’t wait to see you again in 2015!

GFG Montage

The team over at Gamers Look just sent us this video recapping their experience at Gamers for Giving 2014. The video does a great job of showcasing what this year’s event was all about. Give it a watch!