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!

Our Partners

With Gamers for Giving 2019 quickly approaching, our team wanted to take a moment to recognize the extraordinary support we receive from our sponsors and partners. It’s with their help Gamers for Giving is possible.

Gamers for Giving sponsors provide the necessary resources to cover overhead costs associated with event production.  As such – ticket sales, attendee donations, and online contributions are channeled towards benefiting Gamers Outreach programs.

We’re incredibly grateful to be working with the following groups to produce this year’s Gamers for Giving! Be sure to give them some love on social media or if you see them during the show!

Gamer Advantage™ is on a mission to create products that genuinely improve the well-being of any and all gamers. The company is committed to the wellness of every gamer in the world and will continue to invest in science that produces meaningful results. Give them a follow on Twitter here!


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 Mixer, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and more. You can learn more about their tech here!


Founded in June 2011, Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game culture, and the creative arts. Each day, close to 10 million visitors gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 2 million streamers. You can catch the live Gamers for Giving broadcast at Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach!


Beyond is a community driven website that specializes in hosting high caliber tournaments for over 35,000 members. TeamBeyond.net is your place to catch up on the lastest esports news, join the discussion and compete with your friends! We’re grateful to have Beyond involved with this year’s event, and for their support of our HCS Grassroots tournament!


 

ASTRO Gaming creates premium video gaming equipment and peripherals for professional gamers and hardcore enthusiasts. We’re proud to have ASTRO backing this year’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament with an assortment of prizing! ASTRO MixAmps will also be deployed at all Halo stations during the event. Be sure to check out their gear here!


Gamers Outreach is proud to be a part of the 2019 HCS Grassroots series, with support from our friends at 343 Industries – the stewards of Halo!


As an organization with roots in Michigan, we’re proud to be supported by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. With their support, we recently delivered 17 GO Karts to hospitals throughout Metro Detroit! Whether you’re in the market to buy a new vehicle or are interested in learning about their current lease offers, your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers will help you find the vehicle perfect for you. You can learn how Chevy drives the motor city here.


ASUS is a Taiwan-based, multinational computer hardware and consumer electronics company that was established in 1989. 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. ASUS monitors will be powering this year’s Halo tournament at Gamers for Giving! Check out the full arsenal from the Republic of Gamers here!


 

Bluewater specializes in av integration and event technology services to create moving experiences for strong brands. For the last three years, Bluewater has provided tech / staffing in support of the Gamers for Giving stream broadcast. We’re proud to work with them as one of our primary production partners! You can learn more about their work here.


Mad City is a Chicago based team of creative and technical professionals that create event experiences and build tools to empower others to do the same. The team from Mad City will be helping us produce this year’s Halo broadcast!


MLG is one of the fastest growing digital networks worldwide, the most recognized brand in esports and pioneer of the competitive gaming industry. Our friends at MLG are loaning us a whole bunch of gear for our 2019 Halo tournament! Be sure to give them some love here.


Meta Threads is a lifestyle gaming brand, and official merch partner of Gamers for Giving 2019. Their products are proudly manufactured in the USA at the Meta Threads headquarters located in Los Angeles, California. Check out all their gear here!


PDXLAN is a mega-LAN Party event in Portland, Oregon where PC gamers from around North America bring their computers to play video games with one another for four days while raising money for charity. Our goals are best described as “Have fun, Frag hard, Give back. The spring 2019 event will be raising money in support of Gamers Outreach programs!


DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter are the world’s largest digital festivals, and the indisputable largest LAN parties in the world with over 26,000 visitors, 22,483 unique devices in the network each and close to 10 000 visitors who enjoy DreamHack with their own computer. We’re thankful DreamHack lends us some of their hardware to support streamers during Gamers for Giving! Learn more about their events here.


For the last five years, DXRacer has supported Gamers Outreach as our exclusive seating provider. Their chairs are known for having a race car aesthetic, but are also ergonomically designed to ensure comfort and proper posture during late night gaming sessions. DXRacer is also local to Ann Arbor, Michigan – which makes us all the more grateful to have them involved as a local supporter! You can check out their gear here.


ADTRAN is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. Their products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. You can learn more about their company here!


CablesAndKits is one of the most recognized privately owned 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.


NZXT is a computer hardware manufacturer which specializes in mid tower and full tower cases, as well as computer cooling and power systems. Based in Los Angeles, California, NZXT has become one of the world’s leading providers of hardware gear for PC enthusiasts since its founding in 2004. They also have a sweet Gamers Outreach-themed PC case. Take a look here!


The Pistons GT are the Detroit franchise representatives for the NBA 2K League. As a sponsor of Gamers for Giving, we’re proud to help raise awareness of the Pistons GT brand, and the franchise’s overall support for the gaming community.


Merit’s Mission is connecting organizations and building community. The company provides networking, security and community services to member organizations that help make our society a better place to learn, discover work and live – while upholding the principles of an open internet. We’re proud to work with Merit as our Gamers for Giving internet provider! You can learn more here.


For the last few years, we’ve hosted a special fundraising activity with our stream crew called the Bob Ross Challenge. Streamers make their best effort to imitate a Bob Ross painting, and through contributions, viewers can help or sabotage the artwork! This year, we’re excited to partner with the Bob Ross Foundation as our official provider of art supplies! We’ll also have a trained Bob Ross painting coach on site to assist the streamers with their creations. Get ready to paint some happy little trees! Learn more about the Bob Ross Foundation here.



CLX is a custom PC integrator catering to gamers and content creators. CLX was formed in January 2016 and is an extension of their parent company Cybertron International, who has been one of the largest system integrators since 1997. Both are owned and operated in the US. CLX believes in quality, attention to detail, and having the ability to choose exactly what you desire. CLX offers you a range from carefully curated systems to a completely customized experience. CLX is recognized for their award-winning custom designs and paint work. You are able have a fully customized experience when you configure your own system on clxgaming.com or choose a preconfigured system that matches your needs on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, or with many of their other retail partners.

Tournament Updates & Housekeeping

As of this blog post, we’re less than TWO WEEKS away from Gamers for Giving 2019! We can’t wait to chase down this year’s $500,000 fundraising goal, and do what we do best as gamers… PLAY ALL THE GAMES!!!

If you’ve not already done so, we highly recommend you join our Discord channel, as our tournament admins will be communicating rules / match notices in the game-specific chats. Stay tuned throughout the event!

To that end, we’d like to share an assortment of updates from our tournament director, Stratose!

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Hello Gamers for Giving attendees! Tournament Director Stratose here! With a couple weeks before the event, I wanted to share final updates on what you can expect from this year’s tournaments!

As returning attendees know, we host a number of competitions at our weekend LAN in order to give everyone an opportunity to compete in their favorite games! This year, we’re looking to push that even further by offering some brackets for classic games such as Unreal Tournament, Quake Live, and StarCraft Broodwar! You can find a comprehensive list of these activities at the bottom of this post.

  • Halo Tournament
    • This year’s bracket will be seeded based on points competitors have earned at UGC Halo events (UGC online qualifiers / UGC Halo classic). Upon checking into the event, our team will validate your player ID and add the points of each team’s players (if any) to determine bracket placement. Traditionally, the Gamers for Giving Halo tournaments have been randomly seeded. Given the enthusiasm for recent LAN / online UGC events, we feel this will help provide a higher competitive experience for players taking part in our event. Players do not need UGC points to participate in the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament. The point system is only intended to help determine initial bracket placement.
    • All Halo stations will be equipped with ASTRO MixAmps, including a MixAmp for coaches. Be sure to bring your own controllers / headsets!
    • Check in for the Halo tournament will begin at 10 AM eastern time on Saturday, March 23rd. Once checked in, players will be able to warm up on the tournament stations. We anticipate beginning the tournament ~12 PM. Sunday’s (March 24) portion of the tournament will begin at 10:00 AM.
    • We will be streaming key matches on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel! Be sure to tune in at Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach!
  • General Tournament Settings
    • All settings for PC tournaments have been posted on the Tournaments page!
    • Settings / rules for the Smash Bros tournament have been posted on the Tournaments page! The Smash Bros tournament will begin on Sunday @ 10:00 AM.

  • Battle Royale Competitions
    Last year, we hosted an open PUBG tournament and had over 200 attendees join in. We ran 12 rounds on private servers Saturday, added points based on kills and placings, and invited back the top 60 players to play in a 3-round final on Sunday. We received quite a lot of feedback after the tournament. Many participants thought this format was enjoyable, but a little too time consuming, and wanted to be able to play in the tournament without dedicating their whole weekend to playing PUBG.This year, Battle Royales are more popular than ever! Instead of forcing players to dedicate their whole weekend to one game, we’re planning to experiment with a format that will allow players to participate in as many as possible. These tournaments will make use of private / public servers. In the case of PUBG, we’ll be able to host our own server as we did last year. However, with each of the other games, we plan to utilize public servers to pit players against one another. These tournaments will also have staggered start times to allow participation across as many as possible.

    Comprehensive rules for each competition will be provided in our Discord channel. If you have any feedback or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re hoping to make this experience as enjoyable as possible, and will adjust as needed!

  • Casual Tournaments
    We’ll be hosting a number of casual tournaments during this year’s event. To help facilitate competition, our admins will provide brackets / help players find matches (assuming there is enough participants). Note: these activities will not be heavily monitored, and will be mostly left to participants to record results. Keep an eye on the #CasualTournament Discord chat for updates! Game titles include…

    • Quake Live
    • Unreal Tournament 2004
    • Rocket League (2v2)
    • Magic The Gathering: Arena
    • DotA
    • CS 1.6
    • StarCraft: Broodwar

That wraps up our tournament updates! If you have any tournament questions, feel free to pop in the Gamers Outreach Discord or drop me a note on Twitter.

Our team is looking forward to seeing you at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center on March 23rd & 24th!

Gamers Outreach on CNN

Exciting news, Gamers Outreach community! Our founder Zach Wigal has been named a 2019 CNN Hero!

CNN Heroes celebrates “everyday people changing the world,” each of whom shows how one person can truly make a difference.

Wigal, who founded Gamers Outreach in 2007, is representing our cause as part of this year’s list of nonprofit change agents.

As a team, we’re proud to share this honor with our volunteers and donors who make a difference for kids in hospitals every day! We hope this recognition is of benefit to the families we work to support in healthcare facilities nationwide.

You can check out the full article / videos on CNN’s website here.

As of this blog post, our annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser in is two weeks (great timing)! We hope you’ll join us at the EMU Convocation Center on March 23rd & 24th to celebrate this victory, and help make an even bigger difference for hospitalized children!

Official Press Release

Do you work for a media company with interest in covering Gamers for Giving? If so, this blog post is for you! Below you’ll find our super official press release for this year’s fundraiser. If you’d like to request an interview from one of our staff, or wish to attend Gamers for Giving in-person, drop us a line via our contact[@]gamersoutreach.org email! One of our team members will get back to you!

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Video game charity marathon “Gamers for Giving” aims to raise $500,000 in support of entertainment for hospitalized children.

Gamers to rally at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center through an in-person “LAN party” and online broadcast, helping thousands of hospitalized children across the U.S.

 Saline, Michigan – March 4th, 2019 – Gamers Outreach Foundation (Gamers Outreach), a 501(c)(3) organization, is returning to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center for its 11th annual “Gamers for Giving” fundraiser. The event takes place on March 23rd & 24th and aims to raise $500,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children and their families.

Gamers for Giving is a weekend-long competitive gaming tournament, LAN party, & streamathon that raises money in support of Gamers Outreach programs. Since 2008, the organization has been working to improve the patient experience in hospitals through digital entertainment – video games – in an attempt to ease the burdens of treatment. Through its “Project GO Kart” and “Player 2” programs, the organization estimates it has capacity to provide recreation to more than 1.1 million children annually in hospitals across the U.S.

The event attracts thousands of gamers each year, as well as prominent content creators from within the video game industry. Sponsors help cover production costs while ticket sales and online donations drive charitable impact. Those who attend bring their own computers / video game consoles and enjoy a weekend of gameplay with fellow enthusiasts, all while raising money for the cause.

“Gamers for Giving is an important piece of our identity,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “This is an event that celebrates gaming culture, and the good our community is capable of achieving. With the help of our supporters, we hope to break past our fundraising goal and deliver entertainment to hospitals across the nation!”

The event will be streamed live on Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach in partnership with a variety of  influential streamers and personalities from the video game industry. Tickets are available to the general public; and anyone with interest in supporting the cause can donate directly or find information to fundraise at www.GamersforGiving.org.

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About Gamers Outreach

Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience for young people. Gamers Outreach eases those burdens by providing equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment. More information can be found at www.GamersOutreach.org.

About Gamers for Giving

Gamers for Giving is a weekend-long competitive gaming tournament, LAN party, & streamathon that raises money in support of Gamers Outreach programs. Ticket sales and donations help provide entertainment devices to hospitalized children. More information can be found at www.GamersforGiving.org.

The 2019 Stream Team

During Gamers for Giving, we’ll be joined by a number of streamers (both online and on-site) from the video game industry who have volunteered their time to make a difference for kids in hospitals!

Reaching our $500K fundraising goal wouldn’t be possible without the support of companies like Twitch and the collective power of the streaming community!

The following broadcasters will be joining us on-site LIVE at this year’s fundraiser!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll be producing our own broadcast on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel! This year’s stream will feature key matches from our HCS Grassroots event, as well as our annual Bob Ross challenge! We’ll also be hosting a scientific debate to determine the greatest breakfast cereal.

We’re excited to have a number of incredible casters assisting with hosting duties, including WalshySirScootsGoldenboyAxeltoss, Elamite Warrior, Bravo, Lady Devann, Jess Brohard, and Tsquared! Streamers Drift0r and Bognogus will be joining us this year raising funds from home!

Our main broadcast stream will run on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern time!  A more detailed breakdown of our run-of-show will be posted prior to the event here!

We’ll see you all online March 23rd & 24th!