Tournament Updates & Housekeeping

As of this blog post, we’re less than TWO WEEKS away from Gamers for Giving 2019! We can’t wait to chase down this year’s $500,000 fundraising goal, and do what we do best as gamers… PLAY ALL THE GAMES!!!

If you’ve not already done so, we highly recommend you join our Discord channel, as our tournament admins will be communicating rules / match notices in the game-specific chats. Stay tuned throughout the event!

To that end, we’d like to share an assortment of updates from our tournament director, Stratose!

Hello Gamers for Giving attendees! Tournament Director Stratose here! With a couple weeks before the event, I wanted to share final updates on what you can expect from this year’s tournaments!

As returning attendees know, we host a number of competitions at our weekend LAN in order to give everyone an opportunity to compete in their favorite games! This year, we’re looking to push that even further by offering some brackets for classic games such as Unreal Tournament, Quake Live, and StarCraft Broodwar! You can find a comprehensive list of these activities at the bottom of this post.

  • Halo Tournament
    • This year’s bracket will be seeded based on points competitors have earned at UGC Halo events (UGC online qualifiers / UGC Halo classic). Upon checking into the event, our team will validate your player ID and add the points of each team’s players (if any) to determine bracket placement. Traditionally, the Gamers for Giving Halo tournaments have been randomly seeded. Given the enthusiasm for recent LAN / online UGC events, we feel this will help provide a higher competitive experience for players taking part in our event. Players do not need UGC points to participate in the Gamers for Giving Halo tournament. The point system is only intended to help determine initial bracket placement.
    • All Halo stations will be equipped with ASTRO MixAmps, including a MixAmp for coaches. Be sure to bring your own controllers / headsets!
    • Check in for the Halo tournament will begin at 10 AM eastern time on Saturday, March 23rd. Once checked in, players will be able to warm up on the tournament stations. We anticipate beginning the tournament ~12 PM. Sunday’s (March 24) portion of the tournament will begin at 10:00 AM.
    • We will be streaming key matches on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel! Be sure to tune in at!
  • General Tournament Settings
    • All settings for PC tournaments have been posted on the Tournaments page!
    • Settings / rules for the Smash Bros tournament have been posted on the Tournaments page! The Smash Bros tournament will begin on Sunday @ 10:00 AM.

  • Battle Royale Competitions
    Last year, we hosted an open PUBG tournament and had over 200 attendees join in. We ran 12 rounds on private servers Saturday, added points based on kills and placings, and invited back the top 60 players to play in a 3-round final on Sunday. We received quite a lot of feedback after the tournament. Many participants thought this format was enjoyable, but a little too time consuming, and wanted to be able to play in the tournament without dedicating their whole weekend to playing PUBG.This year, Battle Royales are more popular than ever! Instead of forcing players to dedicate their whole weekend to one game, we’re planning to experiment with a format that will allow players to participate in as many as possible. These tournaments will make use of private / public servers. In the case of PUBG, we’ll be able to host our own server as we did last year. However, with each of the other games, we plan to utilize public servers to pit players against one another. These tournaments will also have staggered start times to allow participation across as many as possible.

    Comprehensive rules for each competition will be provided in our Discord channel. If you have any feedback or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re hoping to make this experience as enjoyable as possible, and will adjust as needed!

  • Casual Tournaments
    We’ll be hosting a number of casual tournaments during this year’s event. To help facilitate competition, our admins will provide brackets / help players find matches (assuming there is enough participants). Note: these activities will not be heavily monitored, and will be mostly left to participants to record results. Keep an eye on the #CasualTournament Discord chat for updates! Game titles include…

    • Quake Live
    • Unreal Tournament 2004
    • Rocket League (2v2)
    • Magic The Gathering: Arena
    • DotA
    • CS 1.6
    • StarCraft: Broodwar

That wraps up our tournament updates! If you have any tournament questions, feel free to pop in the Gamers Outreach Discord or drop me a note on Twitter.

Our team is looking forward to seeing you at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center on March 23rd & 24th!

Gamers Outreach on CNN

Exciting news, Gamers Outreach community! Our founder Zach Wigal has been named a 2019 CNN Hero!

CNN Heroes celebrates “everyday people changing the world,” each of whom shows how one person can truly make a difference.

Wigal, who founded Gamers Outreach in 2007, is representing our cause as part of this year’s list of nonprofit change agents.

As a team, we’re proud to share this honor with our volunteers and donors who make a difference for kids in hospitals every day! We hope this recognition is of benefit to the families we work to support in healthcare facilities nationwide.

You can check out the full article / videos on CNN’s website here.

As of this blog post, our annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser in is two weeks (great timing)! We hope you’ll join us at the EMU Convocation Center on March 23rd & 24th to celebrate this victory, and help make an even bigger difference for hospitalized children!

Official Press Release

Do you work for a media company with interest in covering Gamers for Giving? If so, this blog post is for you! Below you’ll find our super official press release for this year’s fundraiser. If you’d like to request an interview from one of our staff, or wish to attend Gamers for Giving in-person, drop us a line via our contact[@] email! One of our team members will get back to you!


Video game charity marathon “Gamers for Giving” aims to raise $500,000 in support of entertainment for hospitalized children.

Gamers to rally at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center through an in-person “LAN party” and online broadcast, helping thousands of hospitalized children across the U.S.

 Saline, Michigan – March 4th, 2019 – Gamers Outreach Foundation (Gamers Outreach), a 501(c)(3) organization, is returning to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center for its 11th annual “Gamers for Giving” fundraiser. The event takes place on March 23rd & 24th and aims to raise $500,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children and their families.

Gamers for Giving is a weekend-long competitive gaming tournament, LAN party, & streamathon that raises money in support of Gamers Outreach programs. Since 2008, the organization has been working to improve the patient experience in hospitals through digital entertainment – video games – in an attempt to ease the burdens of treatment. Through its “Project GO Kart” and “Player 2” programs, the organization estimates it has capacity to provide recreation to more than 1.1 million children annually in hospitals across the U.S.

The event attracts thousands of gamers each year, as well as prominent content creators from within the video game industry. Sponsors help cover production costs while ticket sales and online donations drive charitable impact. Those who attend bring their own computers / video game consoles and enjoy a weekend of gameplay with fellow enthusiasts, all while raising money for the cause.

“Gamers for Giving is an important piece of our identity,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “This is an event that celebrates gaming culture, and the good our community is capable of achieving. With the help of our supporters, we hope to break past our fundraising goal and deliver entertainment to hospitals across the nation!”

The event will be streamed live on in partnership with a variety of  influential streamers and personalities from the video game industry. Tickets are available to the general public; and anyone with interest in supporting the cause can donate directly or find information to fundraise at


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About Gamers Outreach

Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience for young people. Gamers Outreach eases those burdens by providing equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment. More information can be found at

About Gamers for Giving

Gamers for Giving is a weekend-long competitive gaming tournament, LAN party, & streamathon that raises money in support of Gamers Outreach programs. Ticket sales and donations help provide entertainment devices to hospitalized children. More information can be found at

The 2019 Stream Team

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

Reaching our $500K fundraising goal wouldn’t be possible without the support of companies like Twitch and the collective power of the streaming community!

The following broadcasters will be joining us on-site LIVE at this year’s fundraiser!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll be producing our own broadcast on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel! This year’s stream will feature key matches from our HCS Grassroots event, as well as our annual Bob Ross challenge! We’ll also be hosting a scientific debate to determine the greatest breakfast cereal.

We’re excited to have a number of incredible casters assisting with hosting duties, including WalshySirScootsGoldenboyAxeltoss, Elamite Warrior, Bravo, Lady Devann, Jess Brohard, and Tsquared! Streamers Drift0r and Bognogus will be joining us this year raising funds from home!

Our main broadcast stream will run on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern time!  A more detailed breakdown of our run-of-show will be posted prior to the event here!

We’ll see you all online March 23rd & 24th!

2019 Food Options

Curious to know where you’ll be able to grab some noms during this year’s Gamers for Giving? Don’t worry – there are a number of options to choose from!

While the Convocation Center doesn’t have a dedicated food court, concessions will be open, and there are a few delivery joints near the venue that can have food brought your way. Here’s a breakdown of what’s available…

  • Concession Stand: The Convocation Center will be opening its concession stand from…
    • 9 AM – 8 PM on Saturday
    • 9 AM – 7 PM on Sunday
  • Outside Food & Beverage: Attendees will be able to bring their own outside food and beverages into the venue! Feel free to stock up on snacks at your local grocery store before coming over to the event. Just remember – alcohol is not permitted.

We hope this list will provide you with a few helpful options during the course of the weekend.

We’ll see you March 23rd and 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Gamers for Giving 2019 – 4 Weeks Away!

That special time of year is quickly approaching – Gamers for Giving 2019 is just under 4 weeks away!!

While LAN seats are entirely sold out, passes still remain for those who wish to compete in our console tournaments for Halo and Super Smash Bros. All tickets are sold through our friends at LANFest, and 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 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Discord Server

Want to interact with fellow Gamers for Giving attendees? Need an additional teammate to compete in one of the console tournaments? You should join our Discord server! The Gamers Outreach Discord server is a gathering place to share news of Gamers Outreach programs + Gamers for Giving event activities throughout the year.

The server is open to the public and can be found here.

During Gamers for Giving, our staff will use Discord to convey important announcements, relay tournament information, and as an outlet to communicate with other attendees. This server is especially important for PC gamers participating in the LAN. Many of our event announcements will be conveyed through Discord, so be sure to join the server and get prepared for this year’s event!

We hope to see you in the chat on March 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Expanding Halo – Prize Pool & Donation

Matched by donation, Beyond Entertainment & ASTRO Gaming bolster prize pool.

Heads up, Halo competitors! With support from Beyond Entertainment, ASTRO Gaming, & 343 Industries, we’re proud to announce the Gamers for Giving 2019 HCS Grassroots competition will feature an expanded prize pool!

A total of $20,000 will be up for grabs to those competing at this year’s tournament, with half coming from our friends at 343 Industries, and half coming from our friends at Beyond Entertainment / ASTRO Gaming. This will be our largest pot at a Gamers for Giving event to-date!

What’s more: with respect to the charity objective of Gamers for Giving, each of our partners has pledged to match their prize pool contributions by donating towards our $500,000 fundraising goal. These funds will make a tremendous difference in helping us expand the impact of Gamers Outreach programs throughout the year.

“Beyond and ASTRO Gaming are longtime supporters of Gamers Outreach,” says Joseph Bentley from Beyond Entertainment. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to support the Halo community and donate to a great cause.”

The prize pool will be broken down as follows:

  • 1st Place: $9,000
  • 2nd Place: $5,000
  • 3rd Place: $3,000
  • 4th Place: $1,500
  • 5th Place: $750
  • 6th Place: $750

“Gamers for Giving has been a staple for the Halo community for over a decade,” said Tahir “Tashi” Hasandjekic, Lead Esports Producer at 343 Industries. “We’re very thankful yet another Halo tournament will be featured in 2019. We’re excited to join forces with Gamers Outreach as part of the HCS Grassroots program and are thrilled that ASTRO Gaming and Team Beyond are contributing as well to take the 2019 event to the next level.”

In addition to this new level of support, we’re excited to share we’ve expanded the available number of team passes to 64. This is the highest number of passes we’ll be making available given our event spans two days. Don’t delay on securing your slot in the competition!

We’re proud to facilitate a heightened level of competition at Gamers for Giving 2019. With this announcement, we hope to play a role in building momentum for Halo esports by continuing the excitement Halo fans experienced during UGC St. Louis. Gamers for Giving has always been an event that brings our community together in celebration of competition – with the added intent of doing good along the way. We’re looking forward to an incredible weekend of high-level play from our fellow Halo fans.

Unable to attend in-person? Catch the action at or donate in support of the cause here.

Team passes are available for purchase through our friends at LANFest here.

We hope you’ll join us on March 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!

2019 Registration Update

Well folks, we’ve set a new record… Gamers for Giving 2019 BYOC LAN seats sold out in less than 20 minutes this year! Absolutely incredible! That’s 588 general seats and 48 VIP seats – a total of nearly 700 seats if you include our own admins and guest streamers! Wowza.

It’s amazing to see so much excitement around this year’s event, and we’re appreciative of everyone’s enthusiasm for the LAN and our cause.

That said, like many major ticketed events, registration wasn’t without a few challenges. Within the first minute of ticket sales, we crashed the LANFest payment portal. Once fixed, over 500 seats were in queue for processing.

During this process, some tickets were oversold (i.e. within the same moment the same ticket was bought by 2 people). We’ve spoken with LANFest about the problem. They will be issuing refunds for duplicate tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Those who receive refunds will be placed on a waiting list. In the event any seating becomes available (e.g. someone cancels, etc.) you will be the first to know. We will also be giving affected individuals early ticket access to Gamers for Giving 2020 (should attending be of interest).

Thanks to everyone who has rushed to be apart of this moment with us. We’re grateful for your support, and apologize for any frustration caused by today’s traffic.

Passes for our Halo tournament and Smash Bros tournament are still available, and of course, spectators are able to attend the event for free.

All passes can be purchased here.

We’re looking forward to an incredible Gamers for Giving fundraiser, and hope to see you on March 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Registration Has Opened!

Gamers rejoice across the land! Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2019 has opened!

All tickets are sold through our friends at the Intel LANFest series and can be purchased here.

Gamers for Giving 2019 will take place on March 23rd & 24th at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

This year, we’re hoping to raise $500,000 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children across the country. We’ve been able to make incredible progress these last few years, which has largely been made possible thanks to Gamers for Giving!

As always, news related to this year’s festivities will be available on the Gamers for Giving website. Be sure to check back frequently as we’ll be releasing updates weekly. For a listing of available tickets, see here.

You can help spread Gamers for Giving hype by using the hashtag #GFG2019 on Twitter or Instagram. And even if you can’t make the event – you can still organize a fundraiser in support of the cause!

We hope to see you on March 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!