Special Guest: TheHaleyBaby

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During this year’s 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! Throughout the weekend, each of these streamers will host broadcasts for their respective communities to help us conquer the $200K fundraising goal!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll also be producing our own stream on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel. On that broadcast, we’ll be keeping you posted of the weekend’s festivities, and tracking the progress of our streaming partners as we work to build GO Karts for hospitalized children!

For this year’s outing, we’ll be lucky enough to have TheHaleyBaby joining us as one of our guest streamers!

When she’s not on Twitch, Haley is busy looking after her dachshund, Morty, and pursuing voice acting. You can find her more of her work on Twitch, YouTube, and Twitter!

Thank You, Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers!

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Whether it’s heading to your friend’s the next neighborhood over, or embarking on a cross-country road trip, reliable transportation can make or break a LAN tournament. That’s why we feel great about partnering with Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers for Gamers for Giving 2017!

Whether you’re in the market to buy a new vehicle or are interested in learning about our current lease offers, your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers will help you find the vehicle perfect for you. Visit one of our 38 Chevrolet dealerships in southeast Michigan and one of their sales professionals will work with you to find a new car, a new truck or a new SUV that fits all of your needs!

We’ll be lucky enough to have some of the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealer team on hand at the event, so be sure to keep an eye out for them as well as any activities we may have planned around their presence!

With that said, we’ll see them (and you) in two weeks!

Special Guest: lindsayelyse

During this year’s 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! Throughout the weekend, each of these streamers will host broadcasts for their respective communities to help us conquer the $200K fundraising goal!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll also be producing our own stream on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel. On that broadcast, we’ll be keeping you posted of the weekend’s festivities, and tracking the progress of our streaming partners as we work to build GO Karts for hospitalized children!

Which brings us to today’s announcement — we’re stoked to have lindsayelyse joining us at this year’s event!

Hailing from Phoenix, AZ, Lindsay is a master cosplayer who comes to us as a member of Counter Logic Gaming’s stream team. You can catch her broadcasts over at https://www.twitch.tv/lindsayelyse & try to keep up with her on Facebook, IG, or Twitter!

We’ll see you (& Lindsay) on April 1st & 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

We’re Less Than Two Weeks Out from Gamers For Giving 2017!

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Our favorite day of the year is almost here — Gamers for Giving 2017 will take place on April 1 & 2 at EMU’s Convocation Center!

While LAN seats are entirely sold out, passes still remain for those who wish to compete in our console tournaments for Halo, Call of Duty, and Super Smash Bros Melee. All tickets are sold through our friends at LANFest, and can be purchased here.

While our team is hard at work getting everything in place for the big day, keep your eyes on our social channels to get briefed on the sponsors that support us, the special guests we have in store for you, and how you can support the cause!

Check back here often for any updates, and we’ll see you in Ypsilanti!

Halo Tournament Expanded

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Quick update: after selling out last week, we’ve decided to add 8 more team passes to this year’s Halo tournament!

Team passes can be purchased through our friends at LANFest. See here.

For those who’ve asked about the event network since last year’s tournament, you can see the full results of our recent test here.

We look forward to seeing you all on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Special Guest: ImCoty

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During this year’s 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! Throughout the weekend, each of these streamers will host broadcasts for their respective communities to help us conquer the $200K fundraising goal!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll also be producing our own stream on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel. On that broadcast, we’ll be keeping you posted of the weekend’s festivities, and tracking the progress of our streaming partners as we work to build GO Karts for hospitalized children!

On that note, we’re excited to welcome another broadcaster to Gamers for Giving!

Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and internet phenom Coty “ImCoty” Heim will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2017 as part of our stream team!

A member of the Astro Gaming stream team, Coty has been producing his own videos and internet content for the past 7 years. Coty also attended last year’s Gamers for Giving, where he was able to raise enough funds to construct a GO Kart, currently awaiting delivery in our first batch of new units! We’re excited to welcome him to this year’s event as part of our stream team, and look forward to catching his broadcast!

Coty will be streaming in support of the cause from his Twitch channel at http://www.twitch.tv/imcoty. Be sure to give him some love on Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at Gamers for Giving 2017!

Special Guest: LadyDevann

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During this year’s 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! Throughout the weekend, each of these streamers will host broadcasts for their respective communities to help us conquer the $200K fundraising goal!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll also be producing our own stream on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel. On that broadcast, we’ll be keeping you posted of the weekend’s festivities, and tracking the progress of our streaming partners as we work to build GO Karts for hospitalized children!

With that said, we’re excited to introduce our first streamer!

Midwest native and super awesome cosplayer “LadyDevann” will be joining us as part of our stream team at Gamers for Giving 2017!

Aside from being one of coolest costume crafters around, Devann is a full-time partnered Twitch streamer with sponsorships from the likes of SteelSeries, Origin PC, and Gunnar Optiks. You can regularly find her broadcasting over at http://www.twitch.tv/LadyDevann. She also really likes dinosaurs.

This will be Devann’s second time attending Gamers for Giving, and we’re excited to have her with us as part of the crew! If you’re at the event, be sure to say hello, and give her a follow on Twitter and Twitch!

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

Let’s Raise $200K

At this year’s Gamers for Giving, we’re raising $200,000 to help build GO Karts for kids in hospitals. Please consider supporting our efforts by making a donation here.

Gamers Outreach is a charity that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. As an organization, our intent is to help inspire and heal patients through interactive play. For nearly a decade, we’ve been visiting healthcare facilities across the U.S., working to ensure games and technology are accessible for patients, and manageable for healthcare professionals.

Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience – especially for young people. We’ve seen it firsthand, and we’re doing everything we can to ease those burdens.

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We’ve become most known for constructing these things called “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts). GO Karts are portable, medical-grade video game kiosks deployed inside hospitals. Each cart is equipped with a gaming console, monitor, and assortment of games. The kiosks are mobile and fully secure, enabling medical staff to easily provide children with access to bedside activities.

Last year, we set a $100,000 fundraising goal in an effort to construct more GO Kart for hospitals nationwide. We ended up nearly doubling our intended goal, and raised more than $172,000.

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Due to the success of the event, we decided to make a few investments that helped us scale the GO Kart initiative. As we’ve documented in multiple blog posts throughout the past year, we’ve been able to improve the manufacturing process, and as a by-product, build a whole bunch of new GO Karts, way more efficiently. In our first batch (currently being rolled out to hospitals) we’re delivering as many GO Karts as we’ve built in the entire program’s existence. This was all made possible with the help of you – our fellow gamers.

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Now – we’re ready to go full throttle. Hospitals are actively seeking durable, reliable tools to easily manage interactive technology, and GO Karts are a proven solution for supporting patients.

Within a year, our hope is to construct at least 1 GO Kart for every U.S. children’s hospital. This can only be done with the support of the gaming community, and we’re kicking it off at Gamers for Giving 2017.

At this year’s event, we’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal. This will be the largest amount we’ve ever raised in a single weekend, and will help give us the boost we need in 2017 to move forward on building our second batch of next-gen GO Karts for an array of hospitals that we’ve yet to support.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • 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.
  • DonateAny amount helps! Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website, or by visiting www.GamersOutreach.org/donate.
  • Watch: Gamers Outreach will be streamed live all weekend on our Twitch channel, and with help from a variety of streamers in the gaming community. Be sure to check out our Stream page for all the details!
  • 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.

Whether you’re streaming from home, or joining us at the EMU Convocation Center, we look forward to having you be a part of this year’s efforts! We’ll see you on April 1st & 2nd!

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Michigan CAT Powers Gamers for Giving

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When it comes to running gaming tournaments, ensuring your event has sufficient power is kinda important. For a LAN party of our size, locking down the right equipment can also get kinda expensive!

That’s why we’re excited to announce Michigan CAT has stepped forward with plans to BRING THE JUICE! Electricity, that is.

The folks from Michigan CAT have been gracious enough to donate a large quantity of materials and resources to make sure this year’s event has adequate hardware to keep your high-wattage power supplies humming with ease.

While this is more a “behind-the-scenes” sponsorship, powering the event is obviously very important! Thanks to Michigan CAT’s help, we’ve been able to off-set a large number of costs normally associated with hosting the Gamers for Giving LAN party.

Please note: this doesn’t change our 2 outlet rule (see here).  Individuals participating in the BYOC LAN are limited to 2 electrical outlets per seat. We carefully distribute the electricity throughout the venue to ensure everyone has adequate power for their equipment. Daisy chaining power strips or exceeding the use of 2 outlets per seat in any way is STRICTLY prohibited!

We’re excited to have Michigan CAT’s support, and hope this is the start of a longstanding relationship!

We look forward to seeing you all on April 1 & 2 at the EMU Convocation Center!

Welcome 5-hour ENERGY

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One of the best parts about Gamers for Giving is the fact that, for nearly two days straight, our community is dedicated to doing what we love most – GAMING!

Long hours of play have always defined the event experience, and we all know the importance of staying focused during heated competition. That’s why this year, we’re excited to welcome a new partner that will help keep everyone fragging… 5-Hour ENERGY!

5-hour ENERGY is a liquid energy shot that can help you feel energized and alert for hours. It contains a special blend of essential B-vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients – all with zero sugar or herbal stimulants and four calories.

5-hour ENERGY will be fueling Gamers for Giving attendees throughout the course of the weekend, and some of their pro gamers from the Detroit Renegades plan to attend! Be sure to stop by their booth during the event to try out the product, and say hello to their players!

You can show 5-hour ENERGY some love by following them on Twitter, or becoming a fan on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!