DreamHack Returns

Our crew is proud to once again welcome DreamHack (yes, that DreamHack) aboard as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving!

Last year, DreamHack provided an arsenal of PC hardware that empowered our stream-team to broadcast live at Gamers for Giving. We’re happy to report we’ll once again be relying on their allotment of high-end gaming PCs for this year’s guests!

DreamHack operates the indisputable largest LAN parties in the world (DreamHack Summer / DreamHack Winter) with close to 10,000 attendees who enjoy DreamHack through its BYOC. DreamHack events also feature world class esports tournaments, DreamExpo, and cosplay. Their gatherings are a celebration of all things Internet happening several times each year all around the world.

Last year, DreamHack expanded its offering of events to the United States. We had the opportunity to exhibit at their Austin expo, and can personally attest to the awe-inspiring nature of their LANs.

We’re so excited to continue our relationship with DreamHack, and plan to once again have a presence at one of their U.S. shows (TBA). Be sure to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter, and join us in welcoming their team to Gamers for Giving 2018!

Welcome Back, CablesAndKits!

Gamers for Giving 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible event, and much of it will be made possible thanks to our sponsoring donors and partners.

To kick off our first sponsorship announcement of 2018, we’re proud to recognize CablesAndKits for their ongoing support of Gamers Outreach and Gamers for Giving!

CablesAndKits is one of the most recognized pre-owned/refurbished Cisco network equipment dealers in the US and one of the largest Cisco network accessory suppliers in the world! They’re a fantastic resource for IT professionals, and for the past seven years, have been part of Inc Magazine’s list of 5000 Fasted Growing Companies.

Since our move to the EMU Convocation Center, CablesAndKits has donated thousands of dollars worth of networking equipment in support of Gamers for Giving. Their contribution has empowered us to raise hundreds of thousands more, expanding the impact of Gamers Outreach programs, ultimately benefiting children and families in hospitals.

As you can imagine, producing a large LAN party takes significant planning and IT resources. Thanks to support from CablesAndKits, we’re able to keep our network gear fully up-to-date to ensure seamless gaming experiences for all attendees! While this equipment is more “behind-the-scenes” type stuff – it’s an absolutely vital component of Gamers for Giving being a reality!

If you’ve got a bit of time, please be sure to send CablesAndKits a note of appreciation on their Facebook or Twitter pages. We’re grateful for their support, and can’t wait for you to play some games on all their shiny new gear!

We can’t wait for you to experience their networking-goodness on April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

2018 Volunteer Positions

Ever wanted be a part of the Gamers Outreach crew? Now’s your chance! We’re looking for volunteers to help at Gamers for Giving 2018!

Applying to volunteer is easy. Simply click the link below and tell us about your skills and interests! If an opportunity is available, we’ll reach out and invite you to join the crew!

We’re looking for volunteers to help with…

  • Setup: Thursday, April 26th | Friday, April 27th
  • During the event: Saturday, April 28th | Sunday, April 29th
  • Tear down: Monday, April 30th

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the Gamers Outreach community and gain experience working in the video game industry. Did we mention you get to help provide joy and gaming to kids in hospitals? How can you say no to this!?

Come help us make the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving an event to never forget! Hope to have you out with us!

Apply to volunteer here.

Hotel Recommendation

Traveling from distant lands to attend Gamers for Giving and looking for a place to crash? Fear not, road warrior. A few options exist.

If you’re looking for a hotel room, we’ve managed to secure discounted nightly rates with the Fairfield Inn & Suites Detroit Canton. Attendees can receive special pricing by calling the hotel directly (734 844 0088) and mentioning they are with Gamers Outreach. The hotel is located approximately 15 minutes from DTW, and 20 minutes from the EMU Convocation Center.

Many hotels throughout Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti are booked (or are posting abnormally high rates) this year due to a graduation ceremony at the University of Michigan. If the Fairfield Inn & Suites Detroit Canton isn’t a fit for you, we’d recommend expanding the scope of your search to other hotels throughout the Canton / Detroit regions.

For those of you who want to maximize your gaming time: the Gamers for Giving venue will be open throughout the night, and attendees are welcome to stay at the facility. Many attendees bring sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses, or construct forts beneath their LAN seats and camp out within the arena. But if that doesn’t sound like your thing, we’d definitely recommend giving the hotel above a call!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all on April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Tournament Settings

Is it April yet!? Our team is hard at working prepping for the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving, and we can’t wait to celebrate the occasion with you all! With less than 8 weeks to go before the big weekend, be sure to check the Gamers for Giving website frequently as we’ll be pushing out a slew of updates on this year’s fundraiser.

Our team is in the midst of finalizing tournament settings for our 2018 headline competitions. As of this blog post, we’ve posted v1 drafts of our settings for League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Overwatch, StarCraft, Call of Duty, and Smash Bros Melee. Documentation for each respective tournament can be downloaded on the Tournaments page. Prizing for each of the mentioned tournaments has also been posted.

Additionally, all teams that finish in 1st place within their respective tournaments will walk home with a special 10th anniversary trophy, commemorating this year’s event.

Settings for Halo, Hearthstone, Rocket League, and PUBG will be posted in the coming days.

Remember – all LAN attendees are eligible to compete in PC gaming tournaments. Players are allowed to compete in multiple events, so long as their participation does not cause significant tournament delays (at the discretion of moderators).

Passes to compete in console tournaments are sold separately and can be purchased here.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, feel free to drop us an email! Our tournament moderators are happy to consider ideas submitted by the community.

We look forward to seeing you on April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

PUBG Corp. To Match Donations

How excited would you be if you dropped into a game of PUBG and upon looting your first house, found a level 3 backpack, helmet, vest and AWM? Pretty excited, right? Now take that feeling and multiply it by a 15x PM II Scope. That’s kinda how stoked we are about this epic announcement…

We’re proud to share news that our friends at PUBG Corp. will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2018. In addition to working with us to host activities / tournaments for LAN attendees (details TBA), the developers of PUBG will be matching donations made by the community – effectively doubling the fundraising efforts of this year’s event.

Translation: if we’re able to reach our goal of $350K, with PUBG’s match, Gamers for Giving 2018 could raise as much as $700,000 in support of Gamers Outreach programs!

Wowza. Talk about a 10th anniversary celebration!

“It’s been great to see content creators and their audiences using their talents for worthy causes, and PUBG Corp. is committed to supporting charity efforts with the same enthusiasm our players have shown,” PUBG community manager Sammie Kang said in a statement. “We’ve made an impact in the gaming world over the past year, and we’re hoping to have even more of an effect on some outstanding charitable organizations in 2018.”

PUBG Corp. is dedicating $2 million to charity events this year – with a portion supporting Gamers Outreach programs, as well as other great causes like Extra Life. The money comes from the sale of PUBG crates that were sold as part of a promotion during Gamescom last summer.

We can’t wait to share more details in the coming weeks.

Massive thanks to the team at PUBG for their incredible generosity. These resources will make a HUGE difference in our quest to provide recreation to kids and families in hospitals across the nation.

If you can’t attend Gamers for Giving but would still like to support the cause, you can stream + fundraise by creating a campaign on our fundraising portal.

Hope you’ll join us in person or online April 28th & 29th!

Discord Server

Want to interact with fellow Gamers for Giving attendees? Looking for an extra ticket? Need an additional teammate to compete in one of the console tournaments? You should join our Discord server! The Gamers Outreach Discord server is a gathering place for all our attendees and staff to share news of Gamers Outreach programs + Gamers for Giving event activities throughout the year.

The server is open to the public and can be found here.

Throughout Gamers for Giving, our staff will be making use of the Discord server to convey important announcements, relay tournament information, and provide you with an outlet to communicate with other attendees.

This server is especially important for PC gamers participating in the LAN. Many of our event announcements will be conveyed through Discord, so be sure to join the server and get prepared for this year’s event!

We’ll see you on April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Registration Update

Wow. Today has certainly been eventful!

In case you didn’t hear, ALL our Gamers for Giving 2018 BYOC LAN seats (both general and VIP) are now SOLD OUT! Seats were scooped up in less than two hours! That’s 588 general seats, and 48 VIP seats. If you count our own admins + guest streamers, we’re looking at a nearly 700 person LAN party! Crazy, right?!?

Passes to compete in our console tournaments are still available (as of January 26th). We typically see the majority of console passes sell within the last month leading up to the event – so if you want to ensure you have a spot, be sure to pick up a pass early!

All passes can be purchased here.

Huge thanks to everyone in the community for the show of support. We’re looking forward to seeing you on April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

 

Registration has opened!

Gamers rejoice across the land! Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2018 has opened!

All tickets are sold through our friends at the Intel LANFest series and can be purchased here.

Gamers for Giving 2018 will take place on April 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center. This year, we’re chasing down a $350,000 fundraising goal to provide recreation and therapy to hospitalized children across the country. Specifically, a large portion of the funds raised will go towards constructing GO Karts – portable video game kiosks which are used to ensure patients have access to bedside activities during long-term care. At this very moment (thanks to fundraising throughout 2017) we’re in the process of delivering GO Karts to nearly 200 pediatric hospitals across the country – but there’s still so much work to be done!

Gamers for Giving funding will also help us expand the presence of our initiative Player 2, which empowers gamers to support families and staff undergoing treatment within hospitals. The initiative currently exists within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Rady Children’s Hospital – but we hope to expand the program to between 2 – 5 more facilities in 2018.

Eager to help us reach the goal? Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website. You can also stream in support of Gamers Outreach by creating a fundraising campaign!

Here’s a full breakdown of the passes available to purchase:

  • General BYOC LAN Seat:
    $35 EARLY BIRD Online (register before Feb 12th) 
    $45 Online (for registration after Feb 12th)
    $55 at the DoorPurchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN. This ticket also grants you entry into all of our headline PC tournaments. As an attendee, you’ll bring your PC / console and have a dedicated space to play video games with fellow attendees for the entire weekend! Internet / 2 power outlets are provided with each seat. We’ll also be supporting a variety of casual PC game servers for leisure-play. Check out the LAN Party section of the website to see a list of things you’ll want to bring. Tickets sold online after February 12th will cost $45. Tickets at the door will cost $55.
  • VIP LAN Seat & Sky Loft:
    $125 Online | $200 at the Door

    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN as a VIP. This ticket includes a number of extra benefits, including…

    • Access to the Gamers Outreach Sky Loft: The Sky Loft is a hospitality lounge with privileged views of the arena floor, set aside as an area for guests, partners, and streamers. Premium food items and beverages will be served in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the entirety of the Gamers for Giving venue.
    • Extra Table Space: VIPs receive an extra foot of table space.
    • Early Access to the Venue: VIPs will be able to set up their rigs before the doors of Gamers for Giving open.
    • Gamers for Giving T-shirt: VIPs receive a Gamers for Giving t-shirt as part of their purchase!
    • Skip the Check-in Line: VIPs will be able to bypass the check-in line the morning of Gamers for Giving.
  • Halo Team Pass:
    $160 Online | $200 at the Door

    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2018 Halo 5 tournament on Xbox One. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Call of Duty Team Pass:
    $160 Online | $200 at the Door

    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2018 Call of Duty WW2 tournament. Tournament will be hosted on the PlayStation 4 console. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee Player Pass:
    $20 Online | $30 at the Door

    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2018 Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament on GameCube. This pass grants 1 player with access to the event.

As usual, press and spectators will be able to access Gamers for Giving for free! If you are a parent accommodating a minor, a member of the press, or you’re someone who just wants to come and check out the event, you’ll only need to visit the spectator check-in desk when you arrive.

Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting us with the hashtag #GFG2018! We hope to see you on April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

2018 Ticket Listing

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All aboard the hype train! Gamers for Giving tickets will go on sale Friday, January 26th at 10:00 AM eastern! Scheduled for April 28th & 29th, our 2018 event will be taking place within the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

Here’s a breakdown of the passes that will be available for purchase this Friday:

  • General BYOC LAN Seat:
    $35 EARLY BIRD Online (register before Feb 12th) 
    $45 Online (for registration after Feb 12th)
    $55 at the DoorPurchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN. This ticket also grants you entry into all of our headline PC tournaments. As an attendee, you’ll bring your PC / console and have a dedicated space to play video games with fellow attendees for the entire weekend! Internet / 2 power outlets are provided with each seat. We’ll also be supporting a variety of casual PC game servers for leisure-play. Check out the LAN Party section of the website to see a list of things you’ll want to bring. Tickets sold online after February 12th will cost $45. Tickets at the door will cost $55.
  • VIP LAN Seat & Sky Loft:
    $125 Online | $200 at the Door

    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN as a VIP. This ticket includes a number of extra benefits, including…

    • Access to the Gamers Outreach Sky Loft: The Sky Loft is a hospitality lounge with privileged views of the arena floor, set aside as an area for guests, partners, and streamers. Premium food items and beverages will be served in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the entirety of the Gamers for Giving venue.
    • Extra Table Space: VIPs receive an extra foot of table space.
    • Early Access to the Venue: VIPs will be able to set up their rigs before the doors of Gamers for Giving open.
    • Gamers for Giving T-shirt: VIPs receive a Gamers for Giving t-shirt as part of their purchase!
    • Skip the Check-in Line: VIPs will be able to bypass the check-in line the morning of Gamers for Giving.
  • Halo Team Pass:
    $160 Online | $200 at the Door

    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2018 Halo 5 tournament on Xbox One. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Call of Duty Team Pass:
    $160 Online | $200 at the Door

    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2018 Call of Duty WW2 tournament. Tournament will be hosted on the PlayStation 4 console. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee Player Pass:
    $20 Online | $30 at the Door

    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2018 Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament on GameCube. This pass grants 1 player with access to the event.

As usual, press and spectators will be able to access Gamers for Giving for free! If you are a parent accommodating a minor, a member of the press, or you’re someone who just wants to come and check out the event, you’ll only need to visit the spectator check-in desk when you arrive.

Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting us with the hashtag #GFG2018! We hope to see you on April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!