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.

 

More LAN Seats

Many of you may have noticed that yesterday, the Gamers for Giving 2014 BYOC LAN party sold out (hooray!). Due to the high amount of demand for spots in the LAN, we have decided to increase capacity and make room for additional seating.

If you are someone who was not able to grab a ticket into the LAN party and are interested in being placed on our priority waitlist, please send us an email at contact@gamersoutreach.org. Individuals who email us will be given first access to the new seats as they become available. Remaining seats (if any) will be made available to the general public.

For those interested in competing in the Call of Duty Ghosts, Halo 4, or Killer Instinct tournaments, passes are still available! Tickets can be purchased here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at Gamers for Giving 2014!

Servers are Live

The Gamers for Giving 2014 DayZ and Battlefield 4 servers are now live! If you’d like to get a head start on slaying zombies or driving tanks before the LAN, check out the information for our event’s servers below! Happy gaming!

 

 

Special Guest: Bravo

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From competitor to coach, from coach to commentator, and from commentator to producer, Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky is a man who has held many titles within the professional Halo community. Fast forward to present day, Andy spends his time working on Halo’s matchmaking system, and helps lead community outreach efforts as part of the team at 343 Industries. This past summer, Andy worked directly with the Xbox team to produce the Halo 4 Global Championship, the largest Halo competition in the history of the franchise.

Aside from his career with Halo, Andy has been an advocate and volunteer for Gamers Outreach since attending his first Gamers for Giving fundraiser in 2011. This February, he’ll be making the journey from Seattle to join us at Gamers for Giving 2014 as one of our on-air personalities and casters for Sunday’s Halo 4 tournament.

He can also eat his body weight in protein powder. Really, it’s impressive.

Passes for the Gamers for Giving 2014 Halo 4 tournament can be purchased here. We hope to see you on February 8th & 9th at Gamers for Giving 2014!

Raffle

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Raffles have become a staple activity at Gamers for Giving, and we plan to continue the tradition at our upcoming February event! Gamers for Giving 2014 will feature a raffle with incredible prizes for our attendees! The full list of prizes will be on display at the event, and will include a wide variety of products generously donated by our partners at Intel, Astro Gaming, LANFest, and more!

Unlike previous years, Gamers for Giving attendees will not need to be present to win raffle prizes. We will be keeping a digital record of each ticket purchase. Towards the end of the event, after the raffle drawing has been conducted, winners will be announced on a television display. If your lucky number is drawn and you’re still present at the event, you’ll be able to claim your prize on the spot! If prizes are unclaimed at the event, they will be mailed to their respective winners.

Gamers for Giving attendees will receive one raffle ticket in exchange for making a $5.00 donation to Gamers Outreach Foundation, or 5 raffle tickets for a $20.00 donation. Raffle funds will be used to help us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000.00!

We’re looking forward to seeing you on February 8th & 9th at Gamers for Giving 2014!

Special Guest: FourCourtJester

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League of Legends caster and MOBA connoisseur Shaun “FourCourtJester” Delaney will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2014! Shaun makes his voice heard throughout multiple MOBA communities, providing professional tournament insight and commentary to a variety of events across the gaming industry.

Shaun joined the caster ranks during the Heroes of Newerth beta, where he’s since done work with League of Legends, Bloodline Champions, StarCraft 2, and more.

Shaun will be hosting the League of Legends broadcast at Gamers for Giving 2014, providing play by play analysis of the tournament happenings in real time during our live stream.

We hope to see you on February 8th & 9th at the event!

Halo 4 Prizes

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Thanks to our friends over at 343 Industries, the winners of the Gamers for Giving 2014 Halo 4 tournament will be taking home a little more than a cash prize. In addition to $1,000, the team that finishes in 1st place will receive Halo 4 FOTUS armor as well as the Deadeye helmet. These rare armor pieces will be unlocked by 343 Industries on the Xbox Live gamertag of the winner’s choosing. 

The Gamers for Giving Halo 4 tournament will be taking place on Sunday, February 9th within the grand ballroom of Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center. Team passes for the event can be purchased here.

We hope to see you at this year’s event!