Posted on March 28th, 2022
A virtual marathon.
An epic quest.
An astonishing result.
Over this past weekend, thousands of gamers united to help provide entertainment for hospitalized families.
At the helm of our fundraising ship: a variety of streamers from across a wide spectrum of games, backgrounds, ages, and locations.
All fueled by the generosity of their respective communities.
Together, we raised more than $1 MILLION DOLLARS!
The 2022 Grand Total was a whopping $1,031,204.36!!
This result is a NEW FUNDRAISING RECORD!
The top 5 Gamers for Giving events by total have been:
This incredible achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the enthusiasm and commitment we witnessed from the gaming community.
Over 550 streamers participated in this year’s fundraiser – inspiring more than 14,500 unique contributions. The average donation was $70, and median donation was $20.
The sense of joy, purpose, hope, and kindness we witnessed throughout the weekend was truly inspiring. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone who streamed, donated, and spread the word.
Most importantly: these resources will change people’s lives.
Each year, millions of children and their families receive medical care inside hospitals. For many, the process can be scary and isolating. During hospitalization, kids lose access to friends, school, and moments that typically define childhood.
We’re on a mission to change their experience.
Through gaming, we can provide kids with activities alongside care. We can help restore a sense of joy and normalcy. We can reinforce hospital staff whose job is to heal others.
And with the close of this year’s event, gamers have enabled a whole lot more play. We estimate these resources can provide as many as 625,000 more unique gaming experiences for hospitalized families each year.
During this year’s fundraiser, we also shared a number of updates surrounding Gamers Outreach programs, including…
Lastly, this year’s fundraising effort was bolstered thanks to support from some wonderful partners. More than $200,000 was contributed to this year’s total by our brand partners, creating heartfelt moments for a number of streamers and their communities. Our gratitude goes out to each for being involved.
The soul of Gamers Outreach is a passion for video games, fused with awareness of our ability to positively impact families receiving care. Our team is grateful each day to do this work, and as gamers ourselves, it’s truly heartwarming to see so many of you embrace this cause as your own.
The world is better when kids can play, and gamers have the power to help. Thanks to all of you who signed aboard this past weekend to help.
We’ll see you at the next one! ^(^_^)^
Posted on March 1st, 2022
First things first…
WELCOME TO MARCH 2022!
We are beyond excited to kick off the month of Gamers for Giving with all of you.
So get ready! #GFG2022 is just around the corner!
Gamers for Giving is one of our biggest annual fundraising events. We’ll be sharing some key moments from the past year as well as news on what’s ahead for us in 2022!
Last year, dozens of streamers, community members, organizations, and supporters from around the internet teamed up to raise more than $966K!
The best part? Those donations have been put to use allowing us to bring gameplay to over 80 new healthcare facilities, bringing our total hospital network to over 320 facilities! In addition, we now estimate that close to 3.65 million gaming experiences are possible each year. We’ve come a long way, gamers!
Our 14th annual Gamers for Giving will be taking place virtually on March 26th & 27th, 2022. While the big weekend is still a few weeks off, fundraising has already started!
This year, we’ve upped the ante and have set a fundraising goal of $1,000,000! We have big plans for 2022 and we hope you’ll join us in our continued effort to make play possible. Here’s how you can get involved!
We hope to see you online throughout March 26th & 27th! Let’s help others level up!
Posted on January 19th, 2022
Greetings, gamers. Welcome to the year 2022.
We’re thrilled to share our next annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser is scheduled to take place during the weekend of March 26th & 27th, 2022.
This year’s event will once again be a virtual marathon in support of Gamers Outreach programs.
Our team is eager to bring back the LAN party, but conditions are still not quite right for us to provide a comfortable attendee experience.
That said, we’ve been as active as ever providing gaming experiences to hospitalized families.
In our latest annual report, we shared a number of incredible milestones that materialized in these last couple years. Much of that progress is thanks to your support and the activity of streaming communities across the internet.
This year, we’re chasing our largest fundraising target to date – a $1 million goal to bring games to hospitalized families.
And we need your help to get there.
Every bit of support will add up to an epic result, and we hope you’ll be a part of this year’s quest.
Be sure to follow us on social media for the latest daily happenings, and check back here for more news in the coming weeks.
Lastly – we want to say thank you to everyone for your ongoing support. The last couple years have been a challenging period for many of us. From the standpoint of Gamers Outreach programs – it’s been a time when people relied on video games to stay connected more than ever. Amidst staff shortages, budget cuts, and a wide number of kids being isolated in hospitals – our team is committed to helping families however we can.
We’ll see you (virtually) on March 26th & 27th!
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!