Update: Settings

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Quick update: settings for the Gamers for Giving Call of Duty tournament and Super Smash Bros tournament have been posted! Additionally, we have updated the StarCraft map pool to reflect the current ladder season, and we have removed de_train from the settings for the CS:GO tournament.

Our tournament settings for the Halo Championship Series will be posted on Friday, and we also plan to make an announcement regarding the availability of additional passes as well.

Settings for the Peggle World Championship will be posted shortly in the coming days.

All settings for our headline tournaments can be found within the “Tournaments” section of the Gamers for Giving website.

We’re looking forward to a great event this year. We hope you’ll be joining us on February 21st & 22nd at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center!

PC Tournament Settings Posted

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V1 settings, rules, and map pools for the headline PC tournaments at Gamers for Giving 2015 have been posted! Players interested in competing in these events can find information for each game on the Tournaments page of the Gamers for Giving website.

Gamers Outreach reserves the right to change, modify, or adapt all rules as deemed appropriate in order to uphold and maintain a spirit of overall fairness and good sportsmanship. All players and teams are to uphold the spirit of fair play at all times.

In the event of such a change, an announcement will be posted on our website, as well as on the Gamers Outreach Twitter & Facebook accounts.

The full settings for our console tournaments will be posted in the coming days.

If you would like to submit feedback, email is the best way to get in touch with us! Drop us a line via contact@gamersoutreach.org. You can also discuss settings on our Facebook event page, the Gamers Outreach Facebook, or on the LANFest Gamers for Giving 2015 Forums.

We hope to see you on February 21st & 22nd at Eastern Michigan University!

 

BYOC LAN: Sold Out

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Big news LAN attendees: the Gamers for Giving BYOC is now SOLD OUT! With still 7 weeks to go until our 2015 event, public tickets to participate in the LAN are entirely gone.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing more information regarding the weekend’s plan of activities, and what you can expect to find at Gamers for Giving 2015.

If you are an individual who missed out on tickets, but had hoped to participate in one of the team-based tournaments (League, CS GO) send us an email via contact@gamersoutreach.org. Given certain circumstances,we can work to accommodate you if your teammates have already registered for the event. Please let us know the usernames of your teammates who have registered already.

For those interested in participating in other activities, passes for Call of Duty, Halo, Smash Bros, and the Peggle World Championship are still available here.

To those who’ve purchased passes, thank you for the support! We’re looking forward to an awesome weekend of gaming! We’ll see you on February 21st & 22nd at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center!

Gamers for Giving & HCS

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Great news, Gamers Outreach supporters! We’re proud to announce Gamers Outreach Foundation is partnering with 343 Industries to produce the Gamers for Giving 2015 Halo tournament! Our upcoming February event will be a Platinum tiered tournament of the Halo Championship Series!

As anyone familiar with our history knows, Halo has been a title near and dear to our hearts since the early days of our organization. We’re proud to say the Halo franchise has remained a part of the Gamers for Giving story, and we’re incredibly excited to up the ante for our Halo competitors this February!

For those not familiar, the Halo Championship Series is the official Halo eSports league, designed to curate a quality experience for Halo competitive enthusiasts and fans of Halo eSports. Events that are sanctioned as “HCS events” are independently operated, and provide Halo competitors with the opportunity to earn prize money and HCS points. Teams with the most HCS points at the end of a competitive season are invited to a “Season Finals” event, hosted by ESL and 343 Industries.

Gamers for Giving 2015 will be taking place over the course of February 21st and 22nd. It will be the last opportunity for Halo teams to earn points before the season finals in March.

The event will be hosted on the college campus of Eastern Michigan University within the Grand Ballroom of the University Student Center. Hotel and travel information can be found here.

As a Platinum tiered HCS event, the Gamers for Giving 2015 Halo tournament will feature a $10,000 prize pool (provided by 343 Industries), as well as HCS points for top placing teams. The prize structure will be as follows…

  • 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 Points

Teams interested in competing in the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament can purchase passes through our partner LANFest at this link here. If your team is interested in earning HCS points, please also ensure each member of your team is registered as an HCS competitor on the ESL website, located here.

In addition to prizing support, 343 Industries will be hosting a special charity auction to help us surpass the $25,000 fundraising goal of Gamers for Giving. Details regarding the auction will be announced in the coming weeks. Funds raised will help support the Project GO Kart initiative, which provides portable video game kiosks to children in hospitals.

For information and the latest updates regarding Gamers for Giving, visit www.GamersforGiving.org.

We look forward to seeing you on February 21st & 22nd at Eastern Michigan University!

Xbox 360s for Mott

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Huge news to share for all those who’ve supported Gamers Outreach or attended Gamers for Giving over the years!

We’re proud to announce Gamers Outreach has delivered more than three hundred gaming consoles to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital of Ann Arbor, Michigan! In partnership with the hospital, we are outfitting nearly every room with an Xbox 360!

This is a huge win for all the kids and families who will be able to benefit from these consoles for years to come. Mott helped us pilot Project GO Kart back in 2009. Thanks to their staff’s guidance, our gaming kiosks now serve more than 26,000 children per year! We’re incredibly proud to be able to support our hometown hospital.

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We also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has participated in Gamers for Giving over the years or supported Gamers Outreach from afar. Thanks to everyone’s continued support, we were in a position to work with Mott to help facilitate the delivery of these consoles.

More Gamers for Giving related news will be shared in the coming weeks, but for those interested in learning more about this delivery, you can find the full press release below…

Gaming Charity helps give the Gift of Play to Hospitalized Children

Michigan-based gaming charity, Gamers Outreach, teams up with
University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to bring games to kids

MICHIGAN – December 22, 2014 – Gamers Outreach, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization within the video game industry that facilitates charity programs through the use of interactive entertainment, today announced its collaboration with the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital of Ann Arbor, Michigan to facilitate more than three hundred Xbox 360 gaming consoles in every patient’s room throughout the hospital’s facilities. The announcement comes as a result of a longstanding relationship between the two organizations and their mutual efforts to create a fun environment for children undergoing medical treatments.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital on providing access to more games to kids who undergo treatment within their facility,” says Zach Wigal, Gamers Outreach founder. “By installing Xbox 360 consoles in the hospital’s rooms designated for children, patients and families will now have access to a much wider variety of activities and entertainment, providing them with a way to interact with their friends and family during their time within the hospital.”

Gamers Outreach’s mission is to improve the lives of others through interactive technologies such as video games. The organization focuses the majority of its efforts on Project GO Kart, which provides medical-grade portable gaming carts to children’s hospitals. The mobile carts can be transported by staff from room-to-room throughout hospitals, providing relief to kids who are unable to access activities away from their bedside. Mott Children’s Hospital was the first hospital to receive a Project GO Kart donation in 2009. More than 26,000 children per year in hospitals around the country now benefit from the GO Kart program.

“At C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, we strive to make the hospital stay as comfortable as possible for our patients and families. Access to video games helps many patients feel at home,” says Paul King, executive director of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. “We’re pleased to offer the new gaming consoles and continue our relationship with Gamers Outreach.”

Thanks to the efforts of Gamers Outreach, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was able to purchase the Xbox consoles at a significant discount. Deployment is expected to begin in January, 2015. For more information on Gamers Outreach, please visit the organization’s website at www.GamersOutreach.org

About Gamers Outreach Foundation:

Gamers Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization within the video game industry that facilitates charity programs through the use of interactive entertainment. The organization constructs portable video game carts for children in hospitals, and sends video game care packages to U.S. troops deployed overseas.

About C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital:

Since 1903, the University of Michigan has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that’s performed in the womb to complete emergency care that’s there when you need it, families from all over come to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for our pediatric expertise. Our new hospital provides private rooms, family-centered care from caregivers who are transforming and driving the future of medicine. Learn more at www.mottchildren.org

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Audrey Adair Keene
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Welcome Back, Astro Gaming!

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

To those of you who’ve attended Gamers for Giving over the years, this announcement most likely comes as no surprise. Astro Gaming has stood alongside Gamers Outreach since the early days of our founding, and the brand continues to be one of our greatest advocates.

Back in September, Astro Gaming provided us with an opportunity to build a small booth at PAX Prime. It was the first time we’ve been able to showcase one of our portable gaming carts outside of the hospital environment. Thanks to their support, as well as the support of other partners, we were able to raise over $15,000 during PAX!

We’re incredibly proud of our relationship with Astro Gaming, and look forward to providing Gamers for Giving attendees with the opportunity to compete in our February tournaments using Astro peripherals & mixamps.

Astro Gaming creates premium video gaming equipment and peripherals for professional gamers and hardcore enthusiasts. Spun-off from design powerhouse Astro Studios, (an industrial design firm responsible for the look & feel of such products as the Xbox 360, HP Blackbird, and Nike+ FuelBand) Astro Gaming is a leading manufacturer of video gaming accessories.

If you’re in the market for a new headset, be sure to check out some of the products available at AstroGaming.com. They’re a group of fantastic people who truly produce some of the best accessories available in the market.

We’re looking forward to another great Gamers for Giving event this February, proudly supported by Astro Gaming!

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2015 Registration Has Opened!

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Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2015 is now officially open! Passes to the event are available for purchase on the LANFest website, located here. Information regarding each tournament can be found on the Tournaments page.

Here’s a breakdown of each activity along with its corresponding pass price:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Tournament (4 vs 4)
    • Purchase Team Pass online for $160 OR
    • Purchase Team Pass at the door for $200 (if available)
  • Halo 2: Anniversary Tournament (4 vs 4)
    • Purchase Team Pass online for $160 OR
    • Purchase Team Pass at the door for $200 (if available)
  • LANFest Ticket (BYOC LAN Party)
    • Purchase seat online for $25.00 OR
    • Purchase seat at the door for $35.00 (if available)
    • Includes entry into all PC activities including the CS:GO, League of Legends, and StarCraft 2 headline tournaments.
  • Peggle World Championship
    • Competitor pass can be purchased online for $15.00. The competitor pass is good for 3 attempts to achieve a high score.
    • Additional attempts can be purchased on-site (if time allows) for $5 per attempt.
    • Players are allowed to participate in the Peggle tournament as well as all other event activities.
    • The top 16 players who achieve the highest scores will be eligible to participate in the tournament finals.
  • Super Smash Bros. Tournament
    • Competitor pass can be purchased online for $20 OR
    • Competitor pass can be purchased at the door for $30

Specific settings for each tournament will be posted towards mid-December. In the meantime, we’ve updated the Tournaments page to include each tournament’s respective prize pools, as well as what you’ll need to bring to be prepared for each activity.

We look forward to seeing you on February 21st and 22nd! If you have any questions, drop by the contact page.

Hotel Information

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For those of you who are in need of lodging during Gamers for Giving 2015 – we have great news! We’ve partnered with the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Hotel at Eagle Crest to offer hotel rooms at a discounted rate of $122 per night. The hotel is located just 5 minutes away from the venue, half a mile from the main highway (I-94).

Gamers for Giving attendees can book rooms online using this link here.

Gamers for Giving 2015 lasts throughout the entire weekend of February 21st & 22nd. The venue will be open throughout the night, and attendees are welcome to stay at the venue. However, if roughing the weekend with a sleeping bag or inflatable mattress doesn’t sound appealing, check out the rooms at the Eagle Crest using the link above. Many of our volunteers & special guests will be staying there as well. It’s the place to be if you’re looking to mingle after-hours!

We are also currently working to secure access to transportation services to and from the hotel for attendees. More on that front soon.

Tournaments Announced!

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The lineup of headline tournaments appearing at Gamers for Giving 2015 has been posted! As always, Gamers for Giving will feature tournaments for both PC and console gamers alike. Each of the headline tournaments will have a guaranteed prize pool up for grabs. Prize pools will be announced in the coming weeks.

Individuals interested in participating in our tournaments for PC games will only need to purchase a seat in the BYOC LAN party. There will be a specific check-in desk at the event where we’ll be collecting team and player information for PC tournaments. The PC tournaments will be open to all BYOC LAN attendees.

For those interested in competing in our console tournaments, team / player passes will be available for purchase. Consoles, game discs, and monitors will all be provided, as usual. Players will be responsible for bringing their own controllers and accessories (e.g. headsets).

The headline tournaments at Gamers for Giving 2015 will be…

PC Games

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • League of Legends
  • StarCraft 2

Console Games

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One)
  • Halo 2 Anniversary (Xbox One)
  • Peggle 2 World Championship (Xbox One)
  • Super Smash Brothers (Wii U)

Tournament details will be posted in the coming weeks. Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2015 will be open in November. The event will be free for spectators.

We hope you’ll be bringing your A-game to Eastern Michigan University on February 21st and 22nd!

A little refresh…

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Hey folks! Quick update: if you click through the website a bit, you’ll notice we’ve gone through and refreshed each page in preparation for Gamers for Giving 2015! Over the next few months, we’ll be rolling out content and specific information related to our upcoming event.

Gamers for Giving 2015 registration will open in November. Be on the look out for our announcement!

In the meantime, you can keep in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter. The official hashtag for Gamers for Giving 2015 is #GFG2015.

We hope to see you on February 21st & 22nd at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center!