Posted on January 31st, 2014
Special guest Michael “StrongSide” Cavanaugh will be hosting a unique event within Gamers for Giving 2014 – our first ever tournament for the Xbox One game, Peggle 2! The tournament will last through both Saturday and Sunday, and entry will be available to all Gamers for Giving attendees for a $5 donation.
Struck with a case of extreme fever, StrongSide has commissioned a custom Peggle trophy from Refinerii, a metal sculptor from Boise, Idaho who also happens to be the same sculptor responsible for creating Blizzard’s WCS trophy for the Season 3 WCS Finals.
The Peggle 2 Championship will feature a varied tournament structure. The top 8 players with the highest single player scores from Saturday and part of Sunday will go head to head in a live streamed competition during the evening hours of the event on Sunday. The player able to advance past the other competitors in a single elimination bracket will be declared the champion, and shall receive the StrongSide Peggle 2 Championship trophy.
Here’s a rough sketch of what the trophy will look like…
We look forward to seeing you at Gamers for Giving 2014!
Posted on January 30th, 2014
Gamers Outreach Foundation is proud to announce our official broadcast partner for Gamers for Giving 2014, Twitch.tv! In addition to being the Gamers for Giving livestreaming platform, Twitch is one of our event’s headline sponsors. As such, the company is providing an array of promotional support and is making a donation to the cause.
“This last year has been a real tipping point in terms of the philanthropic nature of gamers,” sasys Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “Millions have been raised by events hosted on Twitch thanks to the passion of the gaming community and events like Gamers for Giving. There’s no question that Gamers Outreach Foundation are making a difference in the world.”
If you’re unable to attend Gamers for Giving in person, you can catch all the action on our live stream at Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach.
Funds donated to Gamers for Giving will be used to help us build portable video game carts for kids in hospitals, and dispense video game care packages to U.S. troops overseas. More information about the fundraising aspect of our event can be found here.
You can check out the full press release on the official Twitch.tv blog here.
Posted on January 28th, 2014
Many of you may have noticed that yesterday, the Gamers for Giving 2014 BYOC LAN party sold out (hooray!). Due to the high amount of demand for spots in the LAN, we have decided to increase capacity and make room for additional seating.
If you are someone who was not able to grab a ticket into the LAN party and are interested in being placed on our priority waitlist, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who email us will be given first access to the new seats as they become available. Remaining seats (if any) will be made available to the general public.
For those interested in competing in the Call of Duty Ghosts, Halo 4, or Killer Instinct tournaments, passes are still available! Tickets can be purchased here.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all at Gamers for Giving 2014!
Posted on January 27th, 2014
Posted on January 27th, 2014
From competitor to coach, from coach to commentator, and from commentator to producer, Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky is a man who has held many titles within the professional Halo community. Fast forward to present day, Andy spends his time working on Halo’s matchmaking system, and helps lead community outreach efforts as part of the team at 343 Industries. This past summer, Andy worked directly with the Xbox team to produce the Halo 4 Global Championship, the largest Halo competition in the history of the franchise.
Aside from his career with Halo, Andy has been an advocate and volunteer for Gamers Outreach since attending his first Gamers for Giving fundraiser in 2011. This February, he’ll be making the journey from Seattle to join us at Gamers for Giving 2014 as one of our on-air personalities and casters for Sunday’s Halo 4 tournament.
He can also eat his body weight in protein powder. Really, it’s impressive.
Passes for the Gamers for Giving 2014 Halo 4 tournament can be purchased here. We hope to see you on February 8th & 9th at Gamers for Giving 2014!
Posted on January 26th, 2014
Raffles have become a staple activity at Gamers for Giving, and we plan to continue the tradition at our upcoming February event! Gamers for Giving 2014 will feature a raffle with incredible prizes for our attendees! The full list of prizes will be on display at the event, and will include a wide variety of products generously donated by our partners at Intel, Astro Gaming, LANFest, and more!
Unlike previous years, Gamers for Giving attendees will not need to be present to win raffle prizes. We will be keeping a digital record of each ticket purchase. Towards the end of the event, after the raffle drawing has been conducted, winners will be announced on a television display. If your lucky number is drawn and you’re still present at the event, you’ll be able to claim your prize on the spot! If prizes are unclaimed at the event, they will be mailed to their respective winners.
Gamers for Giving attendees will receive one raffle ticket in exchange for making a $5.00 donation to Gamers Outreach Foundation, or 5 raffle tickets for a $20.00 donation. Raffle funds will be used to help us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000.00!
We’re looking forward to seeing you on February 8th & 9th at Gamers for Giving 2014!
Posted on January 24th, 2014
League of Legends caster and MOBA connoisseur Shaun “FourCourtJester” Delaney will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2014! Shaun makes his voice heard throughout multiple MOBA communities, providing professional tournament insight and commentary to a variety of events across the gaming industry.
Shaun joined the caster ranks during the Heroes of Newerth beta, where he’s since done work with League of Legends, Bloodline Champions, StarCraft 2, and more.
Shaun will be hosting the League of Legends broadcast at Gamers for Giving 2014, providing play by play analysis of the tournament happenings in real time during our live stream.
We hope to see you on February 8th & 9th at the event!
Posted on January 24th, 2014
Thanks to our friends over at 343 Industries, the winners of the Gamers for Giving 2014 Halo 4 tournament will be taking home a little more than a cash prize. In addition to $1,000, the team that finishes in 1st place will receive Halo 4 FOTUS armor as well as the Deadeye helmet. These rare armor pieces will be unlocked by 343 Industries on the Xbox Live gamertag of the winner’s choosing.
The Gamers for Giving Halo 4 tournament will be taking place on Sunday, February 9th within the grand ballroom of Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center. Team passes for the event can be purchased here.
We hope to see you at this year’s event!
Posted on January 23rd, 2014
As many of you are probably aware, Blizzard recently announced that their digital card game “Hearthstone” has left closed beta and is now available to the general public.
While we don’t have plans to moderate Hearthstone activities in any official capacity, that doesn’t mean your fellow LAN neighbors won’t be interested in playing! If you’re a PC gamer participating in the LAN and would like to play Hearthstone, or you’re someone who would like to discuss the other titles you’ll be playing at Gamers for Giving with fellow attendees, don’t forget to check out the LANFest forums! The forum is a place for you to discuss the games you’ll be bringing to the LAN, and find other players who are looking to play the same games as you!
The Facebook event page is also a great resource to find fellow gamers attending the event! You can join the event on Facebook and link up with fellow attendees here.
We hope to see you at Gamers for Giving 2014, February 8th & 9th!
Posted on January 21st, 2014
Professional StarCraft 2 commentator Alex “Axeltoss” Rodriguez will be joining us for his second year as an on-air personality at Gamers for Giving 2014!
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.
In 2012, he 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 include the World Cyber Games USA Qualifiers and National Finals event in 2012, and the Battle.net World Championship Series Global Finals.
Axeltoss will joining Gamers Outreach supporters at Gamers for Giving 2014, and will be assisting with stream activities throughout the weekend.
We hope to see you on February 8th & 9th at Gamers for Giving 2014!