Gamers for Giving 2020 is officially a wrap!

And… wow… what an unexpected, inspiring, and astonishing weekend it’s been.

As many of our supporters are aware, Gamers for Giving typically includes an annual LAN party. Each year, we bring together the gaming community to play video games and make a difference for hospitalized children.

This year, things were a bit different. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, our team made the difficult decision to cancel our LAN. A number of volunteers work year-round to make the in-person experience of Gamers for Giving possible. While it’s difficult to see that work shelved, we know with absolute certainty it was the best decision for the safety of our attendees and the event as a whole.

Gamers for Giving is a major driver for our programs in hospitals. Kids and their families have come to depend on our ongoing support for the devices we provide. Perhaps now more than ever, society is acutely aware of the impact games have to unite us and provide recreation. This has always been true in the hospitals we work, and it’s a reminder of the connections our community helps facilitate through Gamers for Giving.

Although the LAN was canceled, the majority of our fundraising is made possible thanks to every gamer’s greatest strength – our shared sense of community online.

With the help of our sponsors, partners, and an array of enthusiastic streamers, we’re proud to share the community delivered.

In total, Gamers for Giving raised a whopping $675,425 in cash contributions.

This amount includes sponsorship contributions, major gifts from GameAbove and Love Your Melon, money raised by streamers, and donations not funneled through the Tiltify platform (e.g. Facebook fundraisers).

While it’s just shy of our $700K goal, the amount raised surpasses last year’s Gamers for Giving by more than $38K. This makes it our second largest fundraiser we’ve hosted to-date behind our 2018 event when PUBG matched contributions.

All things considered, we’re calling that a huge W, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the passion and energy of the streaming community, most all of whom exceeded their personal goals.

This year’s MVP streaming shout out goes to Terroriser and his community, who did a lot of fishing in Animal Crossing to raise nearly $40,000!

It’s difficult to express in writing (especially given the circumstances) how much this means to our team. We’re so grateful for the commitment and generosity demonstrated by our partners and fellow gamers.

We estimate these resources can help provide gaming experiences to as many as 422,000 children each year. That’s a massive victory worthy of celebration!

It’s a privilege to do this work and be of service to healthcare workers and families in hospitals. To everyone who streamed, donated, or spread the word on social media – from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! This year’s online event wouldn’t have happened without your support!

If you’re interested in staying involved with Gamers Outreach programs, be sure to check out our website www.GamersOutreach.org, or keep up with our latest updates across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the next one – hopefully with a bit more LAN party sprinkled in. Thank you again for your ongoing support and encouragement. It’s meant everything to our team, and more importantly, it will all make an impact in hospitals where it’s needed most!

Gamers for Giving 2020 Begins!

The big weekend has finally arrived, and this year, it’s all ONLINE! Welcome to Gamers for Giving 2020!

Over the next two days, we’re hoping to raise $700,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children and their families.

Being in the hospital can be a scary, isolating experience – especially for young people. Games help change all that by giving kids a chance to play, build, learn, and socialize.

$700,000 is a huge goal, and we can’t reach it without your help! Here’s a reminder on how to get involved:

  • Donate: Any amount helps! Donations can be made on our Tiltify portal here!
  • Fundraise: Anyone can start a fundraising campaign and stream in support of Gamers Outreach. Learn how here!
  • Watch: We’re streaming LIVE alongside a number of wonderful content creators! Here’s the full listing!
  • Spread the word: Help share Gamers for Giving hype on social media! Link to our website, and let your friends know what’s happening! Use the hashtag #GFG2020 on Twitter!

Every dollar helps us bring activities to kids in hospitals. $10 can help us ship a small care package. $30 can help buy a new controller. $60 can help provide a new game. $100 can equip a GO Kart with an Xbox Adaptive Controller. $300 powers up a console. $3,500 is enough to build, deliver, and maintain a GO Kart for multiple years!

This weekend, let’s help others level up. We’ll see you on stream!

The 2020 Stream Team

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

Additionally, an array of individuals, teams, and community members have created campaigns of their own through Tiltify.

You can make an impact and join them by streaming from home as well!

Reaching our $700K fundraising goal wouldn’t be possible without the support of companies like Twitch, YouTube, and the collective power of the streaming community. The following broadcasters will be joining us as special guests during this year’s online fundraiser…

We’ll also be hosting two dedicated streams of our own with some of your favorite familiar faces including WalshySirScootsGoldenboyAxeltossJess Brohard, Pancakepow, Arda, and Erin Simon.

Be sure to follow along, and use the hashtag #GFG2020 on Twitter to spread the word about the streams!

We’ll see you online March 28th & 29th!

Our Partners

As we prep to host Gamers for Giving 2020 this weekend, our team would like to recognize the extraordinary support we’ve received from our sponsors and partners.

The circumstances surrounding this year’s event are unprecedented. We’re grateful to work with a number of organizations committed to making a difference in the lives of hospitalized children.

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.

Typically these sponsors activate their support during our LAN party, enhancing the attendee experience through activities and prizing. Given that we’ve shifted to an online format, we plan to recognize our 2020 sponsors during Gamers for Giving 2021 as well.

We’re incredibly grateful to be working with the following groups, and look forward to recognizing them during our online broadcast. Be sure to give them some love on social media. We’ll see you on stream!

GameAbove is a group of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) alumni dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students and faculty. To date, $13.5 million has been committed towards supporting a variety of initiatives which advance the capacity and well-being of the University’s community. We’re proud to share news of their $150,000 contribution. You can keep up with news from GameAbove here.

We’re thrilled to share Gamers Outreach is teaming up with Love Your Melon to build 28 GO Karts for pediatric cancer treatment centers across the country! You can read more about our partnership and the impact they’ve made in hospitals here.

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!

Lightstream builds cloud-based live streaming tools that empower creators to effortlessly share their talent on live streaming platforms like Mixer, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and more. We’ll be making use of their tech to produce our stream broadcast. You can learn more here!

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!

ASTRO Gaming creates premium video gaming equipment and peripherals for professional gamers and hardcore enthusiasts. Be sure to check out their gear here!

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.

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 announce we’re teaming with ASUS as our official monitor sponsor in 2020!

Klutch is bringing standardized performance analytics and training to the world of gaming and esports. We’re honored to have them aboard for their first year as a Gamers for Giving sponsor!

Meta Threads is a lifestyle gaming brand, and official merch partner of Gamers Outreach. Their products are proudly manufactured in the USA at the Meta Threads headquarters located in Los Angeles, California.

G FUEL is an engery formula designed with gamers in mind. We’re thrilled to have their support during this year’s Gamers for Giving!

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!

PowerA creates custom controllers and peripherals for gaming devices. Many of our GO Karts are equipped with their products! We’re proud to have them as a sponsor of our annual fundraiser.

DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter are the world’s largest digital festivals, and the indisputable largest LAN parties. We’re thankful DreamHack lends us some of their hardware to support streamers during Gamers for Giving! Learn more about their events here.

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.

Respawn is a furniture manufacturing company applying their expertise to help create the best seating and desk experience for gamers. We’re proud to welcome them as a Gamers for Giving sponsor!

Cooler Master is a longstanding brand in the video game industry that creates PC components for hardcore enthusiasts. We’re excited to have their support during this year’s Gamers for Giving!

The Coalition is a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals, united in their passion for Gears of War. The studio has been an incredible supporter of Gamers Outreach programs.

Welcome GameAbove

Last November, a group of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) alumni announced the formation of GameAbove – an advisory board dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students and faculty.

This team is comprised of a diverse group from all ages and backgrounds including great EMU athletes, current entrepreneurs, successful business people, Hall of Famers and select EMU coaches – all EMU graduates.

To date, $13.5 million has been committed towards supporting a variety of initiatives which advance the capacity and wellbeing of the University’s community.

During his time as a student, our founder Zach Wigal helped champion a cultural landscape that has evolved to embrace video games and esports as part of student life. Simultaneously, Gamers for Giving has become a marquee event on EMU’s campus. We’ve been grateful to call the University our home through the years.

Recognizing the impact esports and gaming has on campus life, we’re thrilled to announce GameAbove is making a $150,000 contribution in support of Gamers Outreach programs and the continuity of our annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser.

These funds provide a major boost to this year’s fundraising objective, and will ultimately help us make a tremendous difference in the lives of hospitalized children.

“GameAbove is very excited to partner with Zach and Gamers Outreach.”, said Keith J. Stone, GameAbove advisory board member. “We’re all about giving back and helping bring light to EMU, and the Gamers for Giving event has done that over the years. We wanted to be part of that.”

In the coming months, we intend to provide guidance to GameAbove on a handful of esports projects (to be shared at a later date) which will enhance the attendee experience at future Gamers for Giving events.

We’re looking forward to sharing more about GameAbove during this year’s online stream broadcast, and returning to the Convocation Center with our LAN party in 2021.

We’ve updated this year’s fundraising meter to include contributions from GameAbove, Love Your Melon, our sponsors, and donations received from the community thus far!

Be sure to give GameAbove a follow on social media in thanks for their support!

We’ll see you this March 28th & 29th online!

Streaming Marathon

While Gamers for Giving 2020 won’t include our regular LAN party, there’s no stopping our ability to unite as a community and stream!

This year’s event will take place over the course of March 28th & 29th as an online streaming marathon. We’ll be hosting our own broadcast, sharing updates on our programs, chatting with special guests, and checking-in with streamers around the internet.

The amazing news is that you can help! We’re hoping to raise more than $700,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children. Every donation counts towards reaching the goal!

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Step 1: Create an account on the fundraising platform, Tiltify.
  • Step 2: Once your account is created, make your own fundraiser in support of the Gamers for Giving 2020 campaign! Be sure to customize the settings for your fundraiser. You can embed a stream player, and even set incentives to encourage donations.
  • Step 3: If you’re hosting a stream broadcast on a website like Twitch, Mixer, or YouTube, use our asset kit to decorate your broadcast! You’ll find overlays, photos, and donation graphics in the folder provided.
  • Step 4: Publish & promote your fundraiser! Share the word on social media, and be sure to link your donors / viewers to your unique fundraising page. All donations will contribute towards the $700,000 total, and you’ll be able to see how much you raise along the way!

Not a streamer? You can still create a campaign, encourage friends to donate, or make a contribution yourself on our website! You can also use platforms like Facebook to rally friends and raise money for Gamers Outreach programs. Or consider selling things on eBay to help the cause!

We hope you’ll join us on March 28th & 29th during this year’s online marathon. We’ll see you on the internet!

Coronavirus & Gamers for Giving

Over the past few weeks, our team has been actively monitoring developments regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Attendee safety, as well as the safety of our volunteers, sponsors, and streamers is our top priority.

In consideration of growing public health concerns, we’ve decided to move this year’s Gamers for Giving to an online-only format. We will not be hosting a LAN or on-site tournaments at the EMU Convocation Center this year.

As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision to make. Our team works hard throughout the year to create an incredible experience for the gaming community. We sought guidance from our board, advisors, as well as health authorities in Michigan. We believe this course of action is in the best interest of our attendees and the event as a whole.

Refunds will be issued to all original ticket purchasers over the next 7 – 10 days. If you do not receive a refund by March 18th, please contact our team via email at contact@gamersoutreach.org. If you bought a ticket from a third party, please contact them directly with refund requests.

While Gamers for Giving won’t have a LAN component or tournaments, we still intend to produce an online fundraising marathon throughout the weekend of March 28th & 29th. We’ll be streaming live on our Twitch channel both days, and a number of our industry friends will be broadcasting from home!

Gamers for Giving is a major driver for our programs in hospitals. Kids and their families have come to depend on our ongoing support for the devices we provide. We’re going to make every effort to ensure we have a strong outcome, but we’ll need everyone’s help and encouragement to get there.

We invite you to join us online March 28th & 29th. Anyone can create a Tiltify fundraising campaign in support of our $700,000 goal to provide hospitalized children with access to entertainment. With your help, we can still make a massive difference for young gamers receiving medical care.

While we’re disappointed we won’t be able to unite our community in-person, as gamers, we’re the best in the world at uniting together through the internet. We appreciate everyone’s understanding during this anomalous situation.

We look forward to hosting a LAN next year, and hope to see you this March 28th & 29th online.

Gamers for Giving 2020 – 4 Weeks Away!

That special time of year is quickly approaching – Gamers for Giving 2020 is just under 4 weeks away!!

While LAN seats are entirely sold out, passes still remain for those who wish to compete in our Super Smash Bros tournament. All tickets can be purchased here.

Our team is busy working behind-the-scenes to ensure this year’s event is an incredible experience for everyone – those attending in person, and those watching online.

Between now and the big weekend, we’ll be rolling out a number of announcements related to our fundraising plans, special guests, and how you can support the cause! Be sure to check the Gamers for Giving website frequently, as we’ll be publishing multiple blog posts per week leading up to the event.

We look forward to seeing you on March 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Love Your Melon

We’re thrilled to share Gamers Outreach is teaming up with Love Your Melon to build 28 GO Karts for pediatric cancer treatment centers across the country!

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.

As our supporters know, being in a hospital can be a scary and isolating experience for kids and their families. Our purpose is to help foster a sense of joy and normalcy during treatment. Through the incredible medium of video games, kids can have access to activities and their friends while receiving care.

Love Your Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends, Zachary and Brian, who wanted to start a business with a meaningful and positive social impact. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon began with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. After achieving the original goal of giving 45,000 hats — one for every child battling cancer in America — Love Your Melon set a new goal of giving one million dollars to pediatric cancer research and providing immediate support to children and their families. To date, the company has given over $7.1 million dollars to the fight against pediatric cancer and over 190,000 hats to children battling cancer.

The team from Love Your Melon is supporting Gamers Outreach with a $100,000 contribution, which will fund the delivery of the 28 GO Karts, and enable us to provide ongoing service so kids can have fun playing the games they love.

In appreciation of their gift, we’ll be recognizing Love Your Melon as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving 2020 on March 28th & 29th.

Be on the lookout in the coming months on our social channels as we roll out these GO Karts! We’re proud to be a part of their effort to help kids heal.

Thanks, Love Your Melon!

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!