Posted on March 22nd, 2021
Gamers for Giving 2021 has concluded. If you missed the virtual marathon, let us fill you in: it’s been a RECORD-BREAKING weekend!!
The video game community raised $966,700.37 to help make play available for kids in hospitals.
This is a new all-time record for our event, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our fellow gamers.
This year’s roster of broadcasters represented our largest, most diverse range of participating streamers from across the internet. Over 215 campaigns were created to smash past the fundraising goal. Collectively, these campaigns were supported by over 9,800 individual donations.
Together we laughed, we cried, we painted, we dressed as hot dogs, and some of us will be dying our hair like it’s the 90s. The collective list of streamers who participated can be found here. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each of them, as well as everyone who donated. It’s a very gracious thing to give your time, platform, and money to a cause. We can’t wait for you to see the impact your efforts will have.
Gamers for Giving is a driving force behind our programs. Thousands of children benefit from Gamers Outreach programs across hundreds of hospitals each year. The funds raised will help grow our program impact and maintain our existing activity.
Many of the streamers who participated were able to fund GO Karts – portable video game kiosks that ensure games are mobile and secure in hospitals. We estimate the funds generated by this weekend’s event can provide as many as 604,000 new play sessions to hospitalized kids EACH YEAR! We’re excited to get this new wave of GO Karts constructed for hospitals in the coming months!
Speaking of programs, we announced a whole bunch of exciting news for Gamers Outreach! In case you missed it, we…
Finally, this year’s fundraising effort was also made possible thanks to a number of incredible partners. We’re fortunate to have backing from some truly wonderful companies who collectively donated nearly $400,000 leading into the weekend fundraiser.
A special shoutout is deserved for GameAbove, an association of Eastern Michigan University alumni. Their $150,000 contribution is a continued showing of support for Gamers Outreach programs.
Khalid Walton, one of the advisory board members, had this to say: “GameAbove members clearly see the positive results of the work and give-back spirit by Gamers Outreach and Zach [Founder of Gamers Outreach/EMU graduate]. We are very committed to supporting EMU alumni who go the extra mile with charitable endeavors and who have organizations, ideas and programs doing good in the community, particularly with assisting today’s youth. Zach is a product of this EMU spirit.”
Gamers Outreach wouldn’t exist without ongoing support from the gaming community and the tireless dedication of hospital staff making a difference in the lives of kids and their families.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to be a champion for kids in hospitals. As gamers, it’s been an honor to make this work a reality. We’re committed to making a difference during this pandemic and beyond. Games can help kids facing isolation, and they’re a resource for hospital staff who are stretched thin. We’re here to support them.
Assuming it’s safe to do so, we fully intend to bring back our LAN party in 2022. This past year has been a period of growth as a team and as a community. We’re looking forward to exercising everything we’ve learned when we see you all again at Gamers for Giving next year. Until then, be sure to follow our activity on Twitter and our website. We’ll be sharing ongoing updates on our progress, as well as news of next year’s event when the time comes.
Thank you for making Gamers for Giving 2021 a record year! You’ve helped others level up!
Posted on March 20th, 2021
The big weekend is finally here, everyone! Gamers for Giving 2021 is happening virtually all weekend long! Woot woot!
We’ll be live on our own Twitch page to share a handful of exciting announcements related to Gamers Outreach programs. Our intro/outro shows will be broadcast at the following times:
Aside from our broadcast, we’ve got a ton of wonderful streamers joining us across the web all weekend long! Be sure to tune in and show them some love! Here’s where you can learn more about this year’s broadcasters.
If you’re feeling inspired to start a campaign of your own, you can follow our helpful stream guide here!
And of course, you can always make a donation to help us soar past this year’s fundraising goal!
Good luck and have fun everyone! We’ll see you on the other side, and massive thanks to our partners for helping start the weekend so strong!
FOR THE KIDS!!
Posted on March 17th, 2021
We’re looking forward to celebrating our 13th annual Gamers for Giving event with everyone this coming weekend. Our team’s been hard at work piecing together a wonderful virtual event alongside a number of incredible streamers!
While we were all hoping to return to the EMU Convocation Center this year, it was obvious COVID-19 restrictions were going to stay in place for the foreseeable future. As much as we’d like to celebrate in-person, we want to be mindful of public health guidelines and ensure everyone is safe.
This year’s virtual fundraiser is supported by a number of thoughtful and generous partners. Their sponsorship has provided a major boost to our fundraising efforts. That means we’ll be able to deliver more gaming experiences to hospitalized kids!
We’re looking forward to recognizing all our partners on-stream during our broadcast March 20th and 21st! See who all is joining us below…
GameAbove is a group of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) alumni dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students and faculty. To date, over $20 million has been committed to supporting a variety of initiatives that advance the capacity and well-being of the University’s community. You can keep up with news from GameAbove here.
Gamers Outreach has teamed up with Love Your Melon once again! This time, we’re bringing you an update on a really awesome project we’ve been working on behind the scenes these past few months. Stay tuned over the weekend for more information!
YouTube Gaming is a destination for live stream and VOD video game content. As a sponsor of Gamers for Giving, YouTube Gaming has committed to helping us make an incredible difference for kids in hospitals!
NZXT is one of the world’s leading providers of PC components and custom gaming PCs. They’ve been a multi-year supporter of Gamers for Giving and our organization’s programs. We even collaborated on a PUBG-themed PC case.
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game culture, and the creative arts. You can catch the live Gamers for Giving broadcast at Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach!
Aim Lab is the ultimate FPS/TPS training solution. With artificial intelligence and machine learning, Aim Lab helps you to become better and faster with your shots. We’re excited to have Aim Lab as a partner this year!
Lightstream builds live streaming creative tools and technology with a true passion for live video production, gaming, and supporting the explosive growth of creators and their communities. Their cloud-based technology and products transform difficult technical hurdles into streamlined workflows – empowering creators to effortlessly share their passion, talent, and creativity on live streaming platforms like Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and more.
Dedicated to creating products for today’s and tomorrow’s smart life, ASUS is the world’s No. 1 motherboard and gaming brand as well as a top-three consumer notebook vendor. We’re excited to have ASUS on board with us as our official monitor sponsor in 2021!
G FUEL is an energy formula designed with gamers in mind. We’re thrilled to have their support during this year’s Gamers for Giving!
ESL is a leading company in the esports and gaming industry. Hosting numerous online and offline competitions, ESL operates high-level tournaments and events across the world. We’re excited to continue our partnership with ESL this year!
Omaze is a fundraising company that partners with charities and amazing prizes for fundraising events. This time around, you can enter to win the gaming rig of your dreams! We’re looking forward to sharing more info over the weekend. Tune in for a special promo code!
Team Envy is one of the original brands in esports. Founded in 2007 as a Call of Duty team, they’ve since grown and franchised into the Dallas Fuel (Overwatch) and the Dallas Empire (Call of Duty). Over the years, Envy has become a prominent competitor in many leagues. As a Dallas-based brand, we’re looking forward to expanding our pediatric coverage in Texas with the help of Envy.
A longtime sponsor of Gamers for Giving, ASTRO Gaming defines, designs and develops equipment with superior capabilities and technologies for the video gaming culture. ASTRO has built multiple GO Karts for hospitals and continues to support our cause each year.
Apex Hosting is a server hosting solution for Minecraft, which is really great because we spend a lot of time hunting diamonds. Minecraft is one of the most-played gamed in hospitals we support, and we’re proud to have Apex’s support!
Adamas provides esports athletes with the knowledge, tools, inspiration, and guidance to rise in the ranks of the truly elite. Adamas athletes will experience the best in remote-based performance training and monitoring from the comfort of their own home or training facilities. We’re happy to have Adamas on board this year for Gamers for Giving!
Xbox is a video gaming brand created and owned by Microsoft. Our GO Karts are home to hundreds of Xboxes that are providing kids play every day. Most recently, we teamed up with both The Rock and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) to deliver Xbox Series X and Series S’ to hospitals around the country. We’re beyond grateful for their continued support and look forward to providing play for years to come!
Posted on March 16th, 2021
Gamers for Giving is THIS weekend, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to join you virtually to celebrate a new era of providing PLAY to hospitalized kids.
Our fundraising efforts are made possible thanks to the generosity of a number of streamers. Each is volunteering to help make a difference for families receiving care. We’re so grateful these wonderful folks are lending their creativity, time, and platforms in support of the cause.
We’re excited to share this year’s list of confirmed broadcasters. This is the largest roster we’ve ever had during a Gamers for Giving event, and we can’t wait to see the impact they’ll have. You can find the confirmed list of streamers here.
If you’re interested in joining our quest towards $500K (and hopefully, beyond!) you can start a fundraising campaign of your own!
Here’s everything you need to get started:
We’re looking forward to tuning in all weekend on March 20th & 21st! See you online, and big thanks to all the streamers joining us!
Posted on March 1st, 2021
Gamers for Giving 2021 is taking place exclusively as a virtual marathon. While we won’t be gathering in-person for our LAN party, you can still support the cause from home! Power up your gaming devices and join us on March 20th & 21st!
One of the most impactful ways you can help is by starting a fundraising campaign. We’re hoping to raise $500,000 during this year’s marathon. Funds raised will enable our team to provide hospitalized families with access to play.
Here’s everything you’ll need to launch your own fundraiser!
We’re looking forward to watching your broadcasts over the course of March 20th & 21st in support of hospitalized families. See you online, gamers!
Posted on February 9th, 2021
As of this blog post, Gamers for Giving 2021 is just under six weeks away!
This year’s event will once again be a virtual marathon. Over the course of March 20th & 21st, we’ll be raising money to help provide entertainment to hospitalized families. Our goal? A cool $500,000. No pressure!
Over the last five years, our team has made tremendous progress ensuring gaming content is accessible to hospitalized families. In 2015, Gamers Outreach programs existed in ~7% of pediatric hospitals in the United States. Today, we maintain a presence in 90% of hospitals solely focused on pediatrics.
That said, we’ve got a long way to go before each facility is fully saturated. We want to build a world where all kids have access to play without needing to wait their turn. That means providing the right type of devices, as well as the right quantity.
Additionally, we’re actively maintaining our existing presence. It takes resources to ensure hospital staff have the latest equipment and can request support if questions arise.
This year’s Gamers for Giving is another step towards realizing our dream: giving all hospitalized kids access to play. Funds raised will help us build a new batch of GO Karts. We’ll also be using resources to maintain our existing impact.
We need all the assistance we can rally to achieve this year’s fundraising goal. Here’s how you can help:
Gamers Outreach wouldn’t exist without ongoing support from the gaming community. The last year has been a challenge for all of us, but we’re committed to making a difference during this pandemic and beyond. Games are helping kids face isolation, and they’re a resource for hospital staff who are stretched thin.
We hope you’ll join us in helping others level up during Gamers for Giving! See you on March 20th & 21st online!
Posted on November 24th, 2020
In 2020, we made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Gamers for Giving LAN and shift to an online-only event. As sad as it was, we knew it was the right thing to do.
Thankfully, the gaming community showed up to support. We were blown away by the enthusiasm from streamers, sponsors, viewers, and more!
Fast forward to present day: COVID reports are at new highs, and we’ve received more requests for games in hospitals than ever.
We’re asking you to save the date for a virtual event once more.
Gamers for Giving 2021 will take place on March 20th and 21st, 2021. During this fundraiser, streamers and brands will join us from the comforts of their own battle stations in support of Gamers Outreach programs.
We’ll release more information about #GFG2021 in the coming months, including our fundraising goal, schedule, where to watch, along with who will be joining us this year.
Planning on joining us? Don’t be shy! You can always stay up to date with Gamers for Giving 2021 by following our blog or following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. And don’t hesitate to keep the conversation going with us by using the hashtag #GFG2021.
2020 wasn’t the year any of us expected. But thanks to your support, we raised over $675K to provide gaming experiences to as many as 422,000 children each year.
Even though we can’t gather together in person in 2021, we’re just as excited to make memories and break goals virtually!
We’re looking forward to gaming with you all online, March 20th & 21st. Hope to see you in the streams!
Posted on March 30th, 2020
Gamers for Giving 2020 is officially a wrap!
And… wow… what an unexpected, inspiring, and astonishing weekend it’s been.
As many of our supporters are aware, Gamers for Giving typically includes an annual LAN party. Each year, we bring together the gaming community to play video games and make a difference for hospitalized children.
This year, things were a bit different. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, our team made the difficult decision to cancel our LAN. A number of volunteers work year-round to make the in-person experience of Gamers for Giving possible. While it’s difficult to see that work shelved, we know with absolute certainty it was the best decision for the safety of our attendees and the event as a whole.
Gamers for Giving is a major driver for our programs in hospitals. Kids and their families have come to depend on our ongoing support for the devices we provide. Perhaps now more than ever, society is acutely aware of the impact games have to unite us and provide recreation. This has always been true in the hospitals we work, and it’s a reminder of the connections our community helps facilitate through Gamers for Giving.
Although the LAN was canceled, the majority of our fundraising is made possible thanks to every gamer’s greatest strength – our shared sense of community online.
With the help of our sponsors, partners, and an array of enthusiastic streamers, we’re proud to share the community delivered.
In total, Gamers for Giving raised a whopping $675,425 in cash contributions.
This amount includes sponsorship contributions, major gifts from GameAbove and Love Your Melon, money raised by streamers, and donations not funneled through the Tiltify platform (e.g. Facebook fundraisers).
While it’s just shy of our $700K goal, the amount raised surpasses last year’s Gamers for Giving by more than $38K. This makes it our second largest fundraiser we’ve hosted to-date behind our 2018 event when PUBG matched contributions.
All things considered, we’re calling that a huge W, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the passion and energy of the streaming community, most all of whom exceeded their personal goals.
This year’s MVP streaming shout out goes to Terroriser and his community, who did a lot of fishing in Animal Crossing to raise nearly $40,000!
It’s difficult to express in writing (especially given the circumstances) how much this means to our team. We’re so grateful for the commitment and generosity demonstrated by our partners and fellow gamers.
We estimate these resources can help provide gaming experiences to as many as 422,000 children each year. That’s a massive victory worthy of celebration!
It’s a privilege to do this work and be of service to healthcare workers and families in hospitals. To everyone who streamed, donated, or spread the word on social media – from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! This year’s online event wouldn’t have happened without your support!
If you’re interested in staying involved with Gamers Outreach programs, be sure to check out our website www.GamersOutreach.org, or keep up with our latest updates across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the next one – hopefully with a bit more LAN party sprinkled in. Thank you again for your ongoing support and encouragement. It’s meant everything to our team, and more importantly, it will all make an impact in hospitals where it’s needed most!
Posted on March 28th, 2020
The big weekend has finally arrived, and this year, it’s all ONLINE! Welcome to Gamers for Giving 2020!
Over the next two days, we’re hoping to raise $700,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children and their families.
Being in the hospital can be a scary, isolating experience – especially for young people. Games help change all that by giving kids a chance to play, build, learn, and socialize.
$700,000 is a huge goal, and we can’t reach it without your help! Here’s a reminder on how to get involved:
Every dollar helps us bring activities to kids in hospitals. $10 can help us ship a small care package. $30 can help buy a new controller. $60 can help provide a new game. $100 can equip a GO Kart with an Xbox Adaptive Controller. $300 powers up a console. $3,500 is enough to build, deliver, and maintain a GO Kart for multiple years!
This weekend, let’s help others level up. We’ll see you on stream!
Posted on March 26th, 2020
During Gamers for Giving, we’ll be joined by a number of streamers from the video game industry who have volunteered their time to make a difference for kids in hospitals!
Additionally, an array of individuals, teams, and community members have created campaigns of their own through Tiltify.
You can make an impact and join them by streaming from home as well!
Reaching our $700K fundraising goal wouldn’t be possible without the support of companies like Twitch, YouTube, and the collective power of the streaming community. The following broadcasters will be joining us as special guests during this year’s online fundraiser…
Be sure to follow along, and use the hashtag #GFG2020 on Twitter to spread the word about the streams!
We’ll see you online March 28th & 29th!