Welcome Back, Elgato!

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Gamers Outreach is proud to welcome Elgato Gaming as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving 2015!

For those of you who frequently stream or are interested in broadcasting your gameplay, give Elgato a look! Elgato products allow gamers to record and stream Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii U gameplay with the Elgato Game Capture HD60. Seamlessly capture hours of your best moments in stunning 1080p with 60 fps and access them directly on your PC or Mac. The built-in Live Streaming feature gets you up and running on Twitch, YouTube or Ustream in a snap. With Stream Command, easily add your webcam and overlays, and change your stream layout on-the-fly with scenes. Add your voice with the built-in Live Commentary feature, and you’re all set for the big show.

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As a second year supporter of Gamers for Giving, Elgato joins our team of partners who are providing us with resources to help expand the impact of Gamers Outreach programs in 2015. Thanks to Elgato’s support, Gamers for Giving attendees and stream viewers will have the opportunity to win capture card giveaways throughout the weekend!

Be sure to give them some love on Twitter, and follow @GamersOutreach for updates during the event to have the chance at winning one of their provided capture devices!

Welcome back, Elgato! Thank you for supporting this year’s event!

Team Pass Transfers

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For those who are competing in the Gamers for Giving Halo or Call of Duty tournament, please note the following: beginning on Wednesday, February 11th, team passes will no longer be transferable. If you have purchased a team pass to compete at Gamers for Giving, but wish to transfer the pass to another account, you must submit your request before Wednesday, February 11th. Requests to transfer passes after Wednesday will not be accepted.

Refund requests for those unable to attend the event will be accepted until 48 hours prior to the event. Passes will be offered to the next eligible team on the waiting list once the refund has been processed.

Pass transfer and refund requests can be made by opening a support ticket on the LANFest website. Please include your PayPal transaction ID with your request.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone compete at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center on February 21st & 22nd!

Special Guest Feature: Axeltoss

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Professional StarCraft 2 commentator Alex “Axeltoss” Rodriguez will be joining us for his third year as an on-air personality at Gamers for Giving 2015!

In 2012, Axeltoss played a major role in organizing and launching the Lone Star Clash, an event bringing together multiple universities and professional gamers to compete in a live streamed StarCraft 2 tournament. Additional casts included the World Cyber Games USA Qualifiers and National Finals event in 2012, and the Battle.net World Championship Series Global Finals.

During Major League Gaming’s tenure with StarCraft 2 and the WCS in 2013, Axeltoss served as the on-air host for multiple tournaments and on-air broadcasts within the organization. His resume as both a major event’s caster and organizer spans back to 2011, when his notoriety as an on-air personality quickly escalated after casting events such as the North American Star League Seasons, the Team Liquid Open Series, and MLG Providence.

Most recently, Axeltoss served as an on-air personality for the Red Bull Battle Grounds circuit, a series of StarCraft 2 events hosted by Red Bull that pitted some of today’s most notorious StarCraft competitors against one another in contests for WCS points, glory, and prize money.

Axeltoss will once again be joining Gamers Outreach supporters at Gamers for Giving, and will be assisting with stream activities throughout the weekend.

If you’re a fan of StarCraft, or enjoy deep, philosophical conversations over the meaning of life, be sure to say hello to Axeltoss during Gamers for Giving! Easter egg: ask him about the lightning story.

Schedule Updated

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We’ve recently made an adjustment to the Gamers for Giving schedule. The Call of Duty and Halo tournament will now be resuming a bit earlier on Sunday than originally planned. Both tournaments will now resume at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning, rather than their originally scheduled time of 12 PM. Players may warm up between 9:00 AM and 9:45 AM on Sunday morning.

Our starting time on Saturday, as well as the schedule for all other activities is still the same.

The full schedule for this year’s event can be found here.

We’ll see you on February 21st & 22nd at Eastern Michigan University!

 

Halo Settings

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The settings and round by round schedule for the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament have been posted!

For convenience, we have posted the entirety of the rules / settings in this blog (see below). A PDF version of the rule set can also be found on our Tournaments page.

Please note: we will be updating this document next week to include our policies on match resets and in-game malfunctions. The updated document will be posted to our tournament page. We will make an announcement via Facebook and Twitter once the edits are complete.

Please also note: we have updated the Gamers for Giving schedule! The tournament will still begin on Saturday as scheduled, however, we will be resuming the tournament on Sunday, February 22nd a bit earlier than originally planned. Sunday’s activities will now begin at 10:00 AM.

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Gamers for Giving 2015: Halo 2 Anniversary Tournament Settings

Prize pool provided by 343 Industries

1st Place: 3000 HCS Points | $6,000.00
2nd Place: 2000 HCS Points | $3,000.00
3rd Place: 1400 HCS Points | $1,000.00
4th Place: 900 HCS Points
5th Place: 450 HCS Points
6th Place: 400 HCS Points
7th Place: 300 HCS Points
8th Place: 250 HCS Points
9th – 16th Place: 150 HCS Points
17th – 32nd Place: 75 HCS Points

Gamers for Giving 2015 will feature a double elimination 4 vs 4 Halo 2: Anniversary tournament, played on Xbox One. The tournament will be open to registered competitors.

The tournament will last over the course of both Saturday, February 21st and Sunday, February 22nd. Players may check-in for the event on Saturday, February 21st at 10:00 AM. Once checked in, players will be able to warm up on the tournament stations until 11:30 AM. The tournament will begin promptly at 12:00 PM.

The second day of the tournament will begin on Sunday, February 22nd. Players will be able to check in and warm up at 9:00 AM until 9:45 AM. The tournament will resume at 10:00 AM.

The tournament will be a double elimination tournament (teams must lose two matches to be eliminated). Matches will be based on a best-of-three games (Bo3) format, until Winner’s Bracket Round 4, and Loser’s Bracket Round 5. At this point, the tournament will shift to a best-of-five games format. The first team to win 2 of 3 games during the Bo3 portion of the event will move on through the tournament. The team that loses its match will be placed in the loser’s bracket, or will face elimination if already in the loser’s bracket. Similarly, during the Bo5 portion of the tournament, the team that wins 3 of 5 games first will advance through the winner’s bracket. Teams that lose their match will be placed in the loser’s bracket, or will face elimination if already in the loser’s bracket.

Players must bring their own Xbox One controller with the wired Xbox One Play & Charge Kit. All controllers will need to be used in the WIRED mode. Wireless controllers are not allowed.

Xbox One consoles, Astro MixAmps, and BenQ monitors will be provided at the event. Players must provide their own headsets. The entire tournament will be full screen. Profiles with Halo MCC unlocked will already be loaded on the console.

Game Settings

All of the required settings are listed below. If a setting is not listed, it should not be changed from its default state.

General Settings:

  • Primary Weapon: Battle Rifle
  • Secondary Weapon: None
  • Motion Sensor: Off
  • Death Cam: Off
  • Map Loadouts: Off
  • Weapons on Map: Default
  • Suicide Penalty: None
  • Betrayal Penalty: None

Team Slayer Settings:

  • Time Limit: 15 minutes
  • Score to Win: 50

3 Flag CTF on Shrine Settings:

  • Score to Win: 3
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Flag at Home to Score: On
  • Flag Return: On Touch
  • Flag Reset Time: 15 Second 

5 Flag CTF on Warlord Settings:

  • Score to Win: 5
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Flag at Home to Score: On
  • Flag Return: On Touch
  • Flag Reset Time: 15 Seconds

Team King of the Hill Settings:

  • Score to Win: 200 Seconds
  • Time Limit: 12 Minutes
  • Hill Movement: Progressive
  • Hill Duration: 1 minute

Neutral Bomb Assault Sanctuary Settings:

  • Score to Win: 3
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Bomb Arm Time: 5 seconds
  • Bomb Diffuse: 3 seconds
  • Bomb Reset: 30 seconds

Neutral Bomb Assault Warlord Settings:

  • Score to Win: 5
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Bomb Arm Time: 5 seconds
  • Bomb Diffuse: 3 seconds
  • Bomb Reset: 30 seconds

Oddball Settings:

  • Score to Win: 200
  • Time Limit: 12 minutes
  • Respawn Time: 10 seconds
  • Ball Spawning: Static
  • Initial Bomb Physics: Free

Round by Round Schedule (listed in the order rounds will be played – some rounds will be played simultaneously towards the end of the tournament):

Saturday, February 21st:

  • Check-in: 10 AM to 11:30 AM | Tournament begins at 12 PM.
  • WB Round 1 (Bo3): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord
  • WB Round 2 (Bo3): Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown
  • LB Round 1 (Bo3): King of the Hill on Lockdown, Team Slayer on Warlord, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine
  • WB Round 3 (Bo3): Oddball on Lockdown, Team Slayer on Warlord, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine
  • LB Round 2 (Bo3): Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, Oddball on Lockdown
  • WB Round 4 (Bo5): King of the Hill on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord, Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Shrine
  • LB Round 3 (Bo3): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord
  • LB Round 4 (Bo3): King of the Hill on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine

Sunday, February 22nd:

  • Warm up: 9 AM to 9:45 AM | Tournament resumes at 10 AM.
  • LB Round 5 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown
  • WB Round 5 (Bo5): Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord
  • LB Round 6 (Bo5): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord, Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine
  • WB Round 6 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, Oddball on Warlord, Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord
  • LB Round 7 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord, Oddball on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown
  • LB Round 8 (Bo5): Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Lockdown, King of the Hill on Warlord, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine
  • LB Round 9 (Bo5): Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Shrine, Team Slayer on Warlord
  • Grand Finals: Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine, King of the Hill on Lockdown, Neutral Bomb Assault on Warlord, Team Slayer on Lockdown. If necessary: Neutral Bomb on Assault, Team Slayer on Warlord, Oddball on Lockdown, Capture the Flag on Warlord, Team Slayer on Shrine

Penalties & Disputes:

  • This document will be modified during the week of 02/09/15 to include rules and procedures for game resets and in-game errors.
  • Any form of cheating, glitching, abusing in-game mechanics, or unsportsmanlike behavior may result in the forfeit of a map, match, or disqualification from Gamers for Giving. Players must not use obscene gestures, language, or offensive comments during tournament activity. These include:
    • Profane words of phrases
    • Hate speech
    • Illegal drugs or controlled substances
    • Illegal activities
    • Controversial religious topics
    • Any “sound-alike” or “lookalike” words or phrases that reference these topics.
    • Any other conduct deemed inappropriate at the discretion of tournament mods.
  • All decisions of the Halo tournament manager and 343 Industries are final. Players must respect referees and event staff at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from Gamers for Giving.

Questions / Feedback:

To submit a suggestion for the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament, email us via contact@gamersoutreach.org.

More Hotel Rooms Available!

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Quick update: for those of you who would like to book a hotel room during Gamers for Giving, we have expanded our block of rooms available at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Hotel. The hotel is a short drive from the venue, and is offering discounted rates of $122 per night. Rooms can be booked using this link here.

During your stay, please keep pillow fights within the confines of your double-bed blanket fortress.

That’s all for now.

Special Guest Feature: Lindsay Elyse

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Cosplayer fans, this one is for you. We’re excited to announce Lindsay Elyse will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2015!

Not familiar? Lindsay Elyse is a world recognized cosplayer and gamer who started gaming at the age of 5 after her grandfather introduced her to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Like many of us, those first few games sparked a lifetime of passion in Lindsay’s life. Present day: as a partnered Twitch streamer and member of the Astro Stream Team, Lindsay is well practiced in every genre of game, from MMOs to first-person shooters to real-time strategy games.

Playing video games first led to an interest in cosplay for Lindsay in 2005. Over the past 10 years, she has traveled around the United States, Canada, and South America to compete in cosplay competitions with other enthusiasts from around the world. Her talent as both a cosplayer and costume crafter, (with experience in woodwork, sewing, prop making, armor making, and painting) has led to representing game industry companies such as CAPCOM, Bethesda, 2K, and Ubisoft.  In addition to cosplay, Lindsay has worked an an on-air hostess, panelist, and contest judge for over 10 major conventions, including E3 and MLG.

Lindsay will be joining us for her first Gamers for Giving event this February, repping her cosplay in support of the cause. If you’re a fan of cosplay yourself, you’ll have the chance to meet up with Lindsay during this year’s event, hosted within the Eastern Michigan University Student Center on February 21st & 22nd. We hope to see you there with us!

 

Special Guest Feature: SirScoots

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We’re proud to announce Scott “SirScoots” Smith will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2015!

A man we consider to be a founding father of competitive gaming, SirScoots is one of the most experienced figureheads within eSports. Scoots’ first entered the world of competitive gaming through the Counter-Strike scene in 1999. A few years later, he helped manage GotFrag, which was a leading source of news for hardcore enthusiasts interested in eSports and professional gamers. After the website was purchased by Major League Gaming in 2007, Scoots became the COO of Evil Geniuses (recently purchased by Twitch), one of the most storied professional gaming teams in eSports. Having led players and teams to multiple tournament victories, Scoots stepped down from active duty to pursue new ventures within gaming.

Recently, Scoots was able to raise $10,000 for Gamers Outreach at PAX Prime through a video game tournament hosted by Ubisoft called, “The Next Level.” Thanks to his efforts at the event, Gamers Outreach will be constructing two GO Karts for Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2015.

Scoots will be joining us for his first Gamers for Giving event in February as an eSports ambassador, Counter-Strike aficionado, and streaming personality. Lending his voice to help us support this year’s fundraising goal, Scoots will be interacting with attendees, catching a few games, and if we’re lucky, may even sit in on on some Peggle World Championship action.

If you’re on Twitter, give @SirScoots a follow, and be sure to say hello during the event at Eastern Michigan University, February 21st & 22nd!

Special Guest Feature: Seltzer

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We’re excited to announce that Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2015!

Seltzer is a household eSports talent to competitive gaming fans around the world.  Her resume represents a catalog of today’s largest and most prestigious events in the gaming industry. From the StarCraft 2 World Championship Series, to Riot’s League of Legends Global Championship, Seltzer is one of the industry’s most experienced and accomplished on air personalities. Most recently, she played hostess to Blizzard’s Hearthstone World Championship, and has been involved in numerous broadcasts for Twitch.tv, including the company’s live coverage of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Her talents aren’t limited to hosting. As a member of Ubisoft’s Frag Dolls and a competitor on WCG’s Ultimate Gamer reality TV series, Seltzer has a healthy repertoire of competitive capabilities to boast of. Her experience as a competitor infuses her interviews with a unique perspective, and her commentary provides insights into competitive play that few others can impart.

Joining us for her first Gamers for Giving event, Seltzer will be working alongside our broadcast crew as a hostess of the Gamers for Giving live stream, helping us spread awareness for the cause. Additionally, Seltzer plans to lend her voice to The Peggle World Championship. Attendees competing in the tournament will have their gameplay critiqued by one of today’s leading voices in competitive gaming, solidifying Peggle’s unquestionable position as a top tier eSports title.

Seltzer will be holding down the fort with us on February 21st & 22nd at Eastern Michigan University. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to give her a follow and show some love, @Seltzer_FD!

More Halo Passes

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Great news, Halo competitors! We are excited to announce that we are increasing the number of passes available to compete in the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament! We are raising the cap of the tournament from 32 team passes to 48 team passes.

We will be distributing these new passes by creating a waiting list. If your team is interested in competing at Gamers for Giving, please have a single representative from your team (whoever is purchasing the team pass) complete these steps below:

  • Create an account on the LANFest website. Accounts can be created using the “Register” link along the top of the website.
  • Send an email to contact@gamersoutreach.org. Include the following information:
    • Your subject line should be: Halo Team Pass
    • Include these two items in your email:
      • The name of the team you represent that is interested in competing.
      • The LANFest username of the person who will be purchasing the team pass.

We will reply to your email within 48 hours to let you know your request has been received. We will also notify you of your spot on the waiting list, and provide an estimated time of when you can expect to know whether or not a pass is available.

Teams who have registered themselves on the waiting list will be notified if/when passes are or are not available. In the event that ALL teams on the waiting list have been accommodated, and extra passes still remain, those passes will be released to the general public.

Remember, spectating at Gamers for Giving is free! If you are unable to compete, you are still welcome to come by, watch all the action live, and support the fundraising cause!

We hope to see you on February 21st & 22nd at Eastern Michigan University! If you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email, or reach out to us on Twitter. Our main account is @GamersOutreach, and our Halo tournament coordinator, Martin Omes, can be reached at @MartinOmes