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!

Travel & Hotel Reservations 2020

Quick update for attendees making travel arrangements: we’ve just acquired a discount link for hotel rooms at the Marriott Eagle Crest. The hotel is conveniently located approximately 8 minutes from the EMU Convocation Center.

Gamers for Giving will run throughout the entire weekend of March 28th & 29th. The venue will be open throughout the night, and attendees are welcome to stay within the arena. 

If roughing the weekend with a sleeping bag or inflatable mattress doesn’t sound like your thing, we’d suggest checking out the Marriott. Discounted rooms are available for booking until March 13th. You can make a reservation here.

For those flying, DTW is the closest airport to the venue.

Hope to see you on March 28th & 29th at Gamers for Giving 2020!

2020 Registration Has Opened!

Update (Jan 17 | 3 PM eastern): LAN tickets sold out almost instantly this year O_O. Interested in attending but didn’t manage to grab a seat? Add your name to the waiting list! If tickets become available, we’ll be reaching out to folks on the list. Smash passes are still available as of this update!

Wonderful news, gaming fam! Gamers for Giving 2020 registration has OPENED!

All tickets can be purchased on the Gamers for Giving website here.

We’re excited to return to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center on March 28th & 29th.

This year, we’re hoping to raise $700,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children. Our impact has grown tremendously since last year, largely thanks to your support!

As always, you can keep up with the latest Gamers for Giving announcements right here on our event website. Be sure to check back frequently as we’ll be releasing updates regularly between now and the big weekend!

For a listing of available tickets, see here.

You can help spread Gamers for Giving hype by using the hashtag #GFG2020 on Twitter and Instagram. And even if you can’t make the event, you can still organize a fundraiser on Tiltify in support of the cause, or make a donation!

We hope to see you on March 28th & 29th at Gamers for Giving 2020!

2020 Ticket Listing

Gamers for Giving 2020 tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, January 17th @ 12 PM eastern!

Scheduled for March 28th & 29th, this year’s event will once again take place at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

We’ve built a new ticketing system to better handle the demand we saw during last year’s registration process. You’ll be able to visit our registration page when it’s live here.

Additionally, we’ve modified the Gamers for Giving floorplan, allowing us to create space for more seating. Our streamers will now occupy the area of the venue which previously held the broadcast stage.

We recommend you consider this year’s layout and adjust your seating preferences accordingly if noise is a concern. Sitting next to the streamer section means you’ll be a part of the fundraising hype zone.

Our ticket options have simplified a bit this year with Halo being on PC. Here’s a breakdown of the passes that will be available for purchase:

  • General BYOC LAN Seat:
    $45 EARLY BIRD Online (register on or before January 31)
    $55 Online (for registration after January 31)
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN. This ticket also grants you entry into all of our headline PC tournaments, including this year’s Halo activities. As an attendee, you’ll bring your PC / console and have a dedicated space to play video games for the entire weekend! Internet access, 2 power outlets, table space, and a simple chair are provided with each ticket. We’ll also be supporting a variety of casual activities for leisure-play. Check out the LAN party section of the website to see a list of supplies you’ll want to bring.
  • VIP LAN Seat & Sky Loft:
    $125 EARLY BIRD Online (register on or before January 31)
    $175 Online (for registration after January 31)
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN as a VIP. This ticket includes a number of extra benefits such as…
    • Access to the Gamers Outreach Sky Loft – a hospitality lounge with privileged views of the arena floor, set aside as an area for guests and partners. Premium food items and beverages will be served in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the entirety of the Gamers for Giving venue.
    • Extra table space: VIPs receive an extra foot of table space.
    • Extra power outlet: VIPS receive 3 power outlets instead of 2.
    • Early access to the venue: VIPs will be able to set up their rigs before all other Gamers for Giving attendees.
    • Gamers for Giving t-shirt: VIPs receive a Gamers for Giving t-shirt as part of their purchase!
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Player Pass:
    $25 Online
    $35 At The Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2020 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament on Nintendo Switch. This pass grants 1 player with access to the event.
  • Spectator Pass:
    $0 Online
    There is no fee for spectating at Gamers for Giving, though we’d encourage you to consider making a donation during the event! Register online for a spectator pass if you are a parent accommodating a minor, member of the press, or just someone who wants to come and check out the event!

Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting with the hashtag #GFG2020! We’re looking forward to seeing you on March 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!