Welcome Back, Astro Gaming!

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

To those of you who’ve attended Gamers for Giving over the years, this announcement most likely comes as no surprise. Astro Gaming has stood alongside Gamers Outreach since the early days of our founding, and the brand continues to be one of our greatest advocates.

Back in September, Astro Gaming provided us with an opportunity to build a small booth at PAX Prime. It was the first time we’ve been able to showcase one of our portable gaming carts outside of the hospital environment. Thanks to their support, as well as the support of other partners, we were able to raise over $15,000 during PAX!

We’re incredibly proud of our relationship with Astro Gaming, and look forward to providing Gamers for Giving attendees with the opportunity to compete in our February tournaments using Astro peripherals & mixamps.

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.

We’re looking forward to another great Gamers for Giving event this February, proudly supported by Astro Gaming!

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2015 Registration Has Opened!

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Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2015 is now officially open! Passes to the event are available for purchase on the LANFest website, located here. Information regarding each tournament can be found on the Tournaments page.

Here’s a breakdown of each activity along with its corresponding pass price:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Tournament (4 vs 4)
    • Purchase Team Pass online for $160 OR
    • Purchase Team Pass at the door for $200 (if available)
  • Halo 2: Anniversary Tournament (4 vs 4)
    • Purchase Team Pass online for $160 OR
    • Purchase Team Pass at the door for $200 (if available)
  • LANFest Ticket (BYOC LAN Party)
    • Purchase seat online for $25.00 OR
    • Purchase seat at the door for $35.00 (if available)
    • Includes entry into all PC activities including the CS:GO, League of Legends, and StarCraft 2 headline tournaments.
  • Peggle World Championship
    • Competitor pass can be purchased online for $15.00. The competitor pass is good for 3 attempts to achieve a high score.
    • Additional attempts can be purchased on-site (if time allows) for $5 per attempt.
    • Players are allowed to participate in the Peggle tournament as well as all other event activities.
    • The top 16 players who achieve the highest scores will be eligible to participate in the tournament finals.
  • Super Smash Bros. Tournament
    • Competitor pass can be purchased online for $20 OR
    • Competitor pass can be purchased at the door for $30

Specific settings for each tournament will be posted towards mid-December. In the meantime, we’ve updated the Tournaments page to include each tournament’s respective prize pools, as well as what you’ll need to bring to be prepared for each activity.

We look forward to seeing you on February 21st and 22nd! If you have any questions, drop by the contact page.

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.