Fundraising Update!

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We normally wait until after the event to report on totals – but the gaming community is absolutely CRUSHING our fundraising goal at this year’s Gamers for Giving!!

As of this blog post (8:30 AM Eastern) we have raised more than $252K in support of building GO Karts for hospitalized children!!!!


Can we reach $300K? $400K?! It’s up to you!

Donations can be made here!

Join us for the last day of Gamers for Giving 2017!! Our main broadcast will go live around 10 AM Eastern time at

See you soon!

Gamers for Giving 2017 IS LIVE!


That special time of year has finally arrived. Our annual fundraising event is THIS WEEKEND!!

Here’s everything you’ll need to get involved:

  • DonateYou can support our fundraising efforts by making a donation here.
  • Watch: Our main event broadcast will go live on Twitch at 12 PM Eastern Saturday. You’ll also be able to tune in on Sunday starting at 10:30 AM Eastern.
  • Fundraise: We recently built our own 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 in support of the big weekend’s goal! Create your first fundraising campaign here. Need artwork for your stream? Download our logo and Twitch banners here.
  • Spread the Word: Unable to make a donation, but still want to be involved? Help spread Gamers for Giving hype on social media! You can use the hashtag #GFG2017 to help promote this year’s event and encourage friends to get involved.

We’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal to build GO Karts for hospitalized kids. Anything you can do to support the cause would be incredibly appreciated!!

We’ll see you on the other side!


Camaro Social Contest


During Gamers for Giving, our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers will be hosting a social media giveaway! Attendees (as well as those watching online) have the chance to win a special prize pack, which includes…

  • Nintendo Switch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
  • Micro SD Card
  • $100 Visa Gift Card

There are multiple ways to enter, and attendees do not need to be physically at Gamers for Giving to participate. Check out the official contest page for all the details. Those attending in-person do receive a benefit “bonus entry” – which includes taking a selfie with our shiny new Camaro, and posting a photo across twitter with the hashtag #ChevyDetroitGFG.

Be sure to use the contest page for entry so we can track your participation!

Best of luck, and thank you to our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers for sponsoring this year’s event!

Final Reminders: Gamers for Giving 2017

Gamers for Giving 2017 begins TOMORROW! At this moment, a small army of volunteers are working to transform the EMU Convocation Center into a home for this year’s event

 Join us on-site or on one of our live streams as we raise $200,000 to build GO Karts for hospitalized kids around the country!

Streams will go live on Saturday @ 12:00 PM. Sunday’s broadcast will go live @ 10:30 AM

Here are some final reminders:

  • Not attending in person, but still want to support the cause? Donations can be made here.
  • Event waivers and parental consent forms (for participants under 18) can be found here. Please bring this with you to the event!
  • Passes for the Smash tournament are still available. Online sales will end tonight at midnight. Please note: passes are $20.
  • If you are attending the BYOC LAN party, please make sure you bring everything you’ll need, including an ethernet cable (preferably 25 ft)! You can find a handy checklist here.
  • Join the Gamers for Giving Discord server to communicate with other attendees and receive event announcements!
That’s all we’ve got. Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting us with the hashtag #GFG2017!

We hope to see you on April 1st & 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Guest Feature: Wintergaming


Joining us as a member of the Gamers Outreach stream team, local StarCraft hero Evan “Winter” Ballnik will be broadcasting live to help raise funds at Gamers for Giving!

With thousands of games of StarCraft 2 logged, Winter is one of the few players in the world to reach Grandmaster Random (all 3 races) in StarCraft 2. Now a full-time streamer, Winter focus on producing entertaining, educational, and enjoyable StarCraft content on his Twitch and YouTube channels.

During last year’s Gamers for Giving, Winter streamed for 32 consecutive hours, (woa) and held down casting duties for both our StarCraft and Counter-Strike tournaments, along with some of our other crew members.

This year, Winter will be joining us in a designated stream lounge, broadcasting alongside other streamers to build GO Karts for hospitalized children around the country.

Winter is also sponsoring this year’s StarCraft tournament! Praise be!

Be sure to show him some support on Twitter and Facebook, and say hello on April 1st & 2nd!

Thank You Twitch!


We have to give a HUGE shout out to Twitch for helping us work with so many incredible streamers this year. Without their platform or their support, a lot of our fundraising efforts simply wouldn’t be possible. Twitch has been fantastically generous in empowering our efforts, helping to coordinate travel for many of our special guests attending this weekend. They’re really the best, aren’t they?

And of course, we’re proud to have Twitch has the official streaming platform of Gamers for Giving 2017! We’ll be getting our own stream started at approximately 11:30 AM Eastern time. Be sure to join us over at!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd, LIVE ON TWITCH!


Online Guest: summit1g


Joining us online during Gamers for Giving – renowned Twitch streamer Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar will be broadcasting this weekend in support of the cause!

An ex-competitive Counter-Strike player turned full time streamer, summit1g is one of the most recognized broadcasters online – with over 20,000 Twitch Subscribers, and a viewership community of nearly 2 million strong!

Summit1g will be streaming over on his Twitch channel Saturday in support of our quest to raise $200,000 for GO Kart builds across the country.

Be sure to give him some love on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, and check out his stream during this weekend’s event!

Guest Feature: Goldenboy


Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez joined the gaming scene years ago as a competitor when he experienced the same competitive sensations behind the controller as he had as an athlete throughout high school. His love for esports led to pursuing tournament titles in Halo, Call of Duty, and even Asphalt 4 for the cell phone.

His lovable personality and positive reputation as a community mentor unexpectedly put him at the forefront of the industry when, in 2011 at the MLG National Championships for Black Ops, Alex was invited to cast an event. Since then, he has been invited to host and cast events for ReedPop, Microsoft, Square-Enix, Sony, Activision, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, MLG, IPL. WCG, UMG, ESL, Paradox Interactive… ok, basically everybody.

Goldenboy will be bringing back his luscious voice and charm to Gamers for Giving for the fourth year in a row. You’ll be able to catch Goldenboy on various stream broadcasts during the event, and word has it he even plans to stream a bit himself!

Be sure to show him some love on Twitter, and say hello during the event!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Welcome Lightstream


Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to have met a number of generous people in gaming. One such group at the top of our list is the crew from Lightstream (formerly Infiniscene). If you’re not already familiar, the people at Lightstream are a collection of industry veterans who’ve been making content creation easier and more accessible than ever before. Their broadcast studio is an intuitive platform that empowers gamers to quickly stream their own gameplay through websites like YouTube and Twitch.

In addition to supporting our fundraising efforts at our last Gamers for Giving event, Lightstream recently matched more than $12,000 in donations to help construct GO Karts for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Their enthusiasm for our cause has been inspiring, and words can’t adequately express how thankful we are to have their support!

Lightstream is joining us once again at this year’s Gamers for Giving! You’ll find them in our streamer area, working with our team of streamers to spread the love across the interwebs.

Be sure to give them a shout on Twitter and Facebook!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Guest Feature: Ms Vixen


GO Kart builder and champion of charity causes, Lanai “Ms Vixen” Gara will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2017!

Considered one of the most popular female streamers on Twitch, Lanai specializes in First Person Shooters and was formerly ranked #1 in the world for Call of Duty World at War in Free For All in 08-09! Due to her competitive spirit, Lanai never turns down a good fight and her out-going personality has made her a fan favorite among the gaming industry.

Be sure to give her some love on Facebook and Twitter, and check out her stream this weekend during Gamers for Giving!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!