ASUS & Gamers Outreach

Epic news to share, Gamers Outreach community! We’re excited to announce we’re teaming with ASUS as our official monitor sponsor in 2020! To kick off the partnership, ASUS has made a significant hardware contribution, supporting displays for 250 GO Karts!

GO Karts (Gamers Outreach Karts) are portable video game kiosks built for hospitals. Each unit is equipped with a gaming console, monitor, controllers, and assortment of games. Thanks to GO Karts, healthcare workers can easily manage and provide games to kids who have limited activity options. Currently deployed across more than 200 facilities, we estimate our collective fleet can support between 1.5 – 2 million play sessions for children annually.

“Gamers Outreach and the difference they make for children in hospitals is a truly incredible cause that we’re proud to be a part of,” said Gary Key, Sr. Director of Marketing at ASUS North America. “It is an honor to help serve hospitals, families and children during long-term stays by supporting the delivery of more GO Karts and the positive experiences they provide.”

“This support from ASUS is a massive win for kids and families,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “We strive to provide gamers in hospitals with the same quality gaming experiences they know at home. Having access to equipment from ASUS will help us deliver premium content, restoring a sense of normalcy and fun in the lives of patients undergoing treatment.”

In celebration of this contribution, we’re excited to welcome ASUS as a returning sponsor of our annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser, taking place on March 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center. During the course of the weekend, we’re aiming to raise $700,000 to provide entertainment devices to hospitalized children and their families.

Interested in getting involved yourself? Gamers for Giving 2020 fundraising has already begun, and you can set up your own campaign in support of the cause through the Tiltify platform.

Whether you’ll be attending Gamers for Giving in March, fundraising online, or volunteering throughout the year, we hope you’ll help others level up, and join us in thanking ASUS for their support!

Travel & Hotel Reservations 2020

Quick update for attendees making travel arrangements: we’ve just acquired a discount link for hotel rooms at the Marriott Eagle Crest. The hotel is conveniently located approximately 8 minutes from the EMU Convocation Center.

Gamers for Giving will run throughout the entire weekend of March 28th & 29th. The venue will be open throughout the night, and attendees are welcome to stay within the arena. 

If roughing the weekend with a sleeping bag or inflatable mattress doesn’t sound like your thing, we’d suggest checking out the Marriott. Discounted rooms are available for booking until March 13th. You can make a reservation here.

For those flying, DTW is the closest airport to the venue.

Hope to see you on March 28th & 29th at Gamers for Giving 2020!

2020 Registration Has Opened!

Update (Jan 17 | 3 PM eastern): LAN tickets sold out almost instantly this year O_O. Interested in attending but didn’t manage to grab a seat? Add your name to the waiting list! If tickets become available, we’ll be reaching out to folks on the list. Smash passes are still available as of this update!

Wonderful news, gaming fam! Gamers for Giving 2020 registration has OPENED!

All tickets can be purchased on the Gamers for Giving website here.

We’re excited to return to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center on March 28th & 29th.

This year, we’re hoping to raise $700,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children. Our impact has grown tremendously since last year, largely thanks to your support!

As always, you can keep up with the latest Gamers for Giving announcements right here on our event website. Be sure to check back frequently as we’ll be releasing updates regularly between now and the big weekend!

For a listing of available tickets, see here.

You can help spread Gamers for Giving hype by using the hashtag #GFG2020 on Twitter and Instagram. And even if you can’t make the event, you can still organize a fundraiser on Tiltify in support of the cause, or make a donation!

We hope to see you on March 28th & 29th at Gamers for Giving 2020!

2020 Ticket Listing

Gamers for Giving 2020 tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, January 17th @ 12 PM eastern!

Scheduled for March 28th & 29th, this year’s event will once again take place at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

We’ve built a new ticketing system to better handle the demand we saw during last year’s registration process. You’ll be able to visit our registration page when it’s live here.

Additionally, we’ve modified the Gamers for Giving floorplan, allowing us to create space for more seating. Our streamers will now occupy the area of the venue which previously held the broadcast stage.

We recommend you consider this year’s layout and adjust your seating preferences accordingly if noise is a concern. Sitting next to the streamer section means you’ll be a part of the fundraising hype zone.

Our ticket options have simplified a bit this year with Halo being on PC. Here’s a breakdown of the passes that will be available for purchase:

  • General BYOC LAN Seat:
    $45 EARLY BIRD Online (register on or before January 31)
    $55 Online (for registration after January 31)
    Purchase 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, including this year’s Halo activities. As an attendee, you’ll bring your PC / console and have a dedicated space to play video games for the entire weekend! Internet access, 2 power outlets, table space, and a simple chair are provided with each ticket. We’ll also be supporting a variety of casual activities for leisure-play. Check out the LAN party section of the website to see a list of supplies you’ll want to bring.
  • VIP LAN Seat & Sky Loft:
    $125 EARLY BIRD Online (register on or before January 31)
    $175 Online (for registration after January 31)
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN as a VIP. This ticket includes a number of extra benefits such as…
    • Access to the Gamers Outreach Sky Loft – a hospitality lounge with privileged views of the arena floor, set aside as an area for guests and partners. 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.
    • Extra power outlet: VIPS receive 3 power outlets instead of 2.
    • Early access to the venue: VIPs will be able to set up their rigs before all other Gamers for Giving attendees.
    • Gamers for Giving t-shirt: VIPs receive a Gamers for Giving t-shirt as part of their purchase!
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Player Pass:
    $25 Online
    $35 At The Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2020 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament on Nintendo Switch. This pass grants 1 player with access to the event.
  • Spectator Pass:
    $0 Online
    There is no fee for spectating at Gamers for Giving, though we’d encourage you to consider making a donation during the event! Register online for a spectator pass if you are a parent accommodating a minor, member of the press, or just someone who wants to come and check out the event!

Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting with the hashtag #GFG2020! We’re looking forward to seeing you on March 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

2020 Headline Tournaments

Happy new year, gamers! With registration opening on January 17th, it’s time to share the list of headline activities attendees can expect at this year’s Gamers for Giving!

Gamers for Giving 2020 will feature an assortment of tournaments with cash and hardware prizing. All prizing is guaranteed. Sponsors and partners help cover event prizes so that attendee entry fees and donations are used strictly for Gamers Outreach charity programs.

Halo has always been a part of Gamers for Giving, and with the launch of The Master Chief Collection on Steam, we’re excited to share this year’s Halo tournament will be hosted on PC!

Our moderators intend to host an array of activities for Halo during the weekend – with a Halo: Reach FFA being this year’s headline event. Attendees who wish to compete in Halo will need to purchase a ticket in the LAN and bring their PCs as a LAN attendee.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate will be this year’s only console title, and all equipment (except peripherals) will be provided for participants as in previous years.

Players are allowed to compete in multiple tournaments so long as it does not cause significant delays for other participants (at the discretion of tournament moderators). In general, moderators will accommodate players in such circumstances by slightly delaying matches or completing other portions of the tournament bracket. However, in the event adjustments can no longer be made, players may be forced to forfeit a match. Players assume all responsibility for such an occurrence.

Below you’ll find the full list of tournaments! We hope to see you on March 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Tournament Format: 
FFA
Prize Type:
1st Place: $500 + Trophy
2nd: $300
3rd: $150
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
5 vs 5
Prize Type:
1st Place: $1500 + Trophy
2nd Place: $750
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
6 vs 6
Prize Type:
1st Place: $1800 + Trophy
2nd Place: $900
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
3 vs 3
Prize Type:
1st Place: $900 + Trophy
2nd Place: $450
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
5 vs 5
Prize Type:
1st Place $1500 + Trophy
2nd Place: $750
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
1 vs 1
Prize Type:
1st Place: $500 + Trophy
2nd – 6th: See rules!
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format:
1 vs 1
Prize Type:
1st Place: Trophy
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
1 vs 1
Prize Type:
1st Place: Trophy
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
5 vs 5
Prize Type:
1st Place: Trophy
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Format: 
FFA
Prize Type:
1st Place: Trophy
Tournament Settings & Rules:
TBA


Tournament Game: 
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Platform:
Nintendo Switch
(Consoles / Games / TVs to be provided)
Tournament Format: 
1v1
Prize Type:
1st place: $500 + Trophy
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $150
Schedule:
The tournament will take place on Sunday, March 29th.
Check-in begins @ 10 AM Eastern.

Gamers for Giving 2020: Registration Opens January 17th!

Mark your calendars! Gamers for Giving 2020 tickets will go on sale Friday, January 17th at 12 PM Eastern!

Between now and then, we’ll be updating the Gamers for Giving website with all kinds of goodness related to our 2020 event. Keep an eye out as we refresh our list of headline tournaments, travel information, ticket availability, and various ways you can support the big fundraising goal!

As we get closer to March, we’ll start rolling out our broadcast schedule, as well as any special activities taking place on the big weekend.

If you plan on attending, make sure you’re ready to buy tickets on the 17th! Last year we sold out in under 20 minutes 0_0.

This year we’re making important changes to ensure the registration and purchasing process is streamlined and fairer for all attendees. We’ll also be opening up more seats in the LAN, VIP, and the Stream Zone – huzzah!

Gamers for Giving 2020 will be our 12th event – an occasion to celebrate all the good gamers do and make an even bigger difference for hospitalized kids and their families.

Hope to see you on March 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Save the Date! Gamers for Giving 2020

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Greetings everyone! Welcome to year 12 of Gamers for Giving!

We’re excited to share our next annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser will take place on the weekend of March 28th & 29th, 2020!

For those not familiar: Gamers for Giving is a LAN party + streaming marathon that generates resources for Gamers Outreach programs. Through ticket sales, sponsorship, and online donations, last year’s event raised over $637,000 in support of providing entertainment devices to children’s hospitals!

Gamers for Giving will once again take place within the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, a venue which hosts a wide array of events including concerts, trade-shows, and banquets. Tickets will go on sale in the month of January (date TBA).

We’ll release more information regarding the 2020 event over the coming months – including our fundraising goals, streaming schedule, and list of activities. As usual, you can expect a full weekend of competitive tournaments and casual LAN camaraderie.

You can stay in sync with the latest news related to Gamers for Giving 2020 by following the Gamers for Giving blog, or following Gamers Outreach on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to use the official hashtag #GFG2020 on Twitter!

2020 marks the 12th Gamers for Giving event since our founding. Thanks to funds raised at Gamers for Giving events and year-round support from the community, programs like Player 2 and Project GO Kart benefit nearly 1,250,000 hospitalized children annually! Incredible!

We can’t wait to share our progress and celebrate with you. We’re looking forward to another incredible year of competition and streams at Gamers for Giving. Hope to see you at the EMU Convocation Center on March 28th & 29th, 2020!

2019 GRAND TOTAL

We’re so grateful to all the gamers who supported this past weekend’s fundraising efforts at Gamers for Giving. This year’s $500K goal was our largest target to-date, and the community once again demonstrated its generosity. What an incredible 11th anniversary.

Through ticket sales, merch, onsite donations, PDX LAN, sponsorship, and contributions generated via stream broadcasts – Gamers for Giving 2019 has generated an astounding $637,311 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children!!!

Our entire crew is so grateful for the benevolence of the gaming community during this past weekend’s event. The funds you’ve helped raise will make A MASSIVE impact for patients receiving treatment in hospitals. We estimate these new resources will help us support as many as 398,000 more children each year. That’s a HUGE win for kids in hospitals!

We’re so proud to do this work, and can’t wait for you to see the difference made thanks to this single event. There are thousands of hospitals across the United States alone, and we’re determined to support patients in every single one!

To everyone who attended, competed, streamed, donated, or spread the word – from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!! It wouldn’t have happened without your help.

Of course, hosting this event would be exceedingly difficult if it weren’t for the support of our sponsors and partners. Companies such as Lightstream, Gamer Advantage, Twitch and many others helped make it all possible. We’re thankful for their commitment to our event and cause!

We were also proud to be a part of the HCS Grassroots program. Halo holds a special place in our hearts, and it was wonderful to kick off our next decade the same way our first began – with a Halo 3 tournament / LAN party. Congratulations to Therapy Works for taking 1st place! And special thanks to our friends at MLG, ASUS, Beyond, ASTRO, 343, Mad City, and Bluewater for helping bring the competition to life!

An outpouring of thanks is owed to our streamers – who rallied their communities to help us tackle the weekend’s big goal. Collectively, our on-site stream team’s efforts accounted for almost $222,000 raised during the event! We’re blown away by the power streamers have to impact change, and it’s always a joy to host them as our guests during Gamers for Giving.

Streaming platforms like Twitch have enabled gamers to raise awareness and funding for causes like never before. It’s truly remarkable witnessing the difference gamers can make through online broadcasts! A special shout out goes to Spofie who was able to raise more than $25,000 (!!!) for GO Karts with help from her viewers! And of course, we have to give credit to Jacksepticeye, whose community raised more than $154,000 leading into this year’s event!

Last but certainly not least, we owe gratitude to our army of volunteers – whose efforts never go unnoticed at Gamers for Giving. It’s thanks to their generosity Gamers for Giving is a reality. Our crew spends numerous hours throughout the year gathering resources and equipment to bring our annual fundraising event to fruition. Many sacrifice vacation days and time with friends/family to create our event each year – all in the name of making a difference in the lives of hospitalized kids. To all our volunteers – THANK YOU for making this year’s event the most successful Gamers for Giving so far!!

Photos will be posted in the coming days on the Gamers Outreach Facebook page.

Interested in staying involved with Gamers Outreach programs throughout the year? Be sure to check out our website www.GamersOutreach.org, to keep up with all the latest updates as we work to make video games accessible to hospitalized children! Anyone can start a fundraising campaign at any time throughout the year in support of providing recreation to children in their local hospitals.

From all of us at Gamers Outreach, thank you again to everyone involved!! We’ll see you at the next one!

Gamers for Giving is LIVE!

The big weekend has finally arrived. Gamers for Giving 2019 begins today! 11th annual hype levels are maxed out!

Over the next two days, we’re hoping to raise $500,000 to provide video games and entertainment to hospitalized children. We can’t do it without your support!

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate: Any amount helps! Donations can be made on our Tiltify portal here!
  • Fundraise: This year, we’ve partnered with Tiltify.com, a fundraising platform which allows gamers to stream in support of Gamers Outreach programs! Launch or support a Gamers for Giving campaign here.
  • Watch: Head over to our Twitch channel to catch tournament action from our HCS Grassroots event and updates from the show floor! We’ll be live both Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern! We also have a whole bunch of wonderful content creators fundraising in support of the cause!
  • Spread the word: Help share Gamers for Giving hype on social media! Sharing our cause with friends or plugging the stream broadcast can go a long way in building support! Be sure to use our event hashtag #GFG2019!

Good news: we’re already more than 50% past the goal as of this blog post! But it’s going to take the help of our fellow gamers to make it the rest of the way.

We can’t wait to game with attendees and tackle this year’s big goal. We’ll see you throughout the weekend!

– Team Gamers Outreach

Gamers for Giving is THIS WEEKEND!!

Can you believe it??? Our 11th annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser is happening THIS WEEKEND!

On March 23rd & 24th, we’ll be taking over the EMU Convocation Center to chase down a $500,000 fundraising goal in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children!

If we can reach the target, these funds could enable us to support as many as 365,000 more kids EACH YEAR!

Here’s how you can help this weekend:

  • Fundraise: This year, we’ve partnered with Tiltify.com, a fundraising platform which allows gamers to stream in support of Gamers Outreach programs! You can start a general fundraiser, or even rally your community to construct GO Karts for a hospital of your preference. Not a streamer? No sweat! You can still use the platform to reach out to friends, family, or colleagues. Launch or support a Gamers for Giving campaign here.
  • Donate: Any amount helps! Donations can be made on our Tiltify portal here!
  • Watch: Head over to our Twitch channel to catch tournament action from our HCS Grassroots event and updates from the show floor! We also have a whole bunch of wonderful content creators fundraising in support of the cause!
  • Spread the word: Help share Gamers for Giving hype on social media! Sharing our cause with friends or plugging the stream broadcast can go a long way in building support! Be sure to use our event hashtag #GFG2019!

If you’re attending the event in-person, we’ll have an assortment of raffle prizes and Gamers Outreach swag available for donors. Attendees may purchase raffle tickets for $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20.

And finally, Gamers for Giving wouldn’t be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors. Please be sure to give them some appreciation for helping us produce this year’s fundraiser!

We’ll see you on March 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!