The Story of Gamers Outreach – 10th Anniversary Video

Gamers Outreach was founded by a group of high school students with a passion for playing video games.

To this day, we identify as video game enthusiasts who’ve become part of a larger community eager to make a difference for patients in the hospital environment.

An agency called 705 Hollywood was gracious enough to share the story of our organization, where we are today, and the hope we have for gamers to make a difference in the future.

We hope to see you during this weekend’s event!

10th Anniversary Chicken Dinner Tee

We’re excited to unveil the 2018 Gamers for Giving tee shirt, created by our friends at Meta Threads!

The shirt celebrates the 10th anniversary of Gamers for Giving, and pays homage to the incredible support our cause has received from the PUBG community.

Featuring a pan imprinted with the Gamers for Giving word-mark, it’s the perfect shirt to wear while you cook up some chicken dinners.

The tee is available exclusively through Meta Threads, and can be purchased here.

Not to tease, but we also have to share these incredible esports jerseys Meta Threads whipped up for Gamers Outreach staff and our stream guests. Will they be publicly available for purchase one day!? Who knows. But they sure do look cool.

Huge thanks to Meta Threads for their support! We’re proud to have them helping us level up our swag at this year’s Gamers for Giving!


Food Availability

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 will be 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 April 28th & 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Drive Impact

Huge news fellow gamers! We’re ecstatic to announce our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers have committed to building as many as 17 GO Karts for hospitals across southeast Michigan! This collective sponsorship from our local Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers will help us provide entertainment devices to thousands of hospitalized patients in our home state!

While the majority of our work to-date has been focused on children’s hospitals, these GO Karts will be offered to an assortment of pediatric AND adult facilities in the Metro Detroit region. Our founder, Zach Wigal, had this to say on the partnership:

“We’re so grateful to work with our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers in support of hospitalized patients and healthcare facilities throughout southeastern Michigan. Our organization is focused on improving a patient’s quality of life during treatment. We believe having access to entertainment and recreation aids the recovery process. With this commitment from our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, Gamers Outreach will be capable of providing GO Karts to a wide number of major hospitals throughout the Metro Detroit region. These units are sure to bring joy to thousands of patients for years to come!”

Many of our supporters are already aware of the special need for age-appropriate entertainment within children’s hospitals. As we’ve had the opportunity to learn more about healthcare environments, we’ve discovered games also have incredible potential to be a resource in adult hospitals as well. As just one example, the video below from Michigan Medicine illustrates how healthcare professionals make use of games for therapeutic purposes in our own hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Southeast Michigan has a vast number of hospitals currently unsupported by Gamers Outreach initiatives. By our count, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, and Beaumont Health represent nearly 21 facilities serving patients who could benefit from the entertainment and therapeutic relief video games provide.

The impact of Gamers Outreach initiatives is heavily driven by our community of supporters, and we’re thrilled to work with our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers to make video games accessible to children and adults being treated in Michigan hospitals.

Gamers Outreach will be recognizing our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers throughout this weekend’s Gamers for Giving fundraiser. We look forward to making an even bigger impact nationwide with the help of our community on April 28th and 29th! Hope to see you at the EMU Convocation Center, or online during the stream!

Gamers for Giving 2018 – Live on Twitch

Where would we be without Twitch?

The Twitch community has collectively raised thousands of dollars for Gamers Outreach programs, as well as numerous other charities making an impact in the world.

So many lives have been impacted thanks to this incredible platform, and we’re grateful to have the support of our friends at Twitch as we chase after this year’s $350K fundraising goal at Gamers for Giving.

The main Gamers Outreach broadcast will take place over the course of Saturday and Sunday, from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern.

Saturday’s content will feature a special PUBG tournament among our streamers, while Sunday will feature the third annual Bob Ross challenge – as well as a few special announcements as to what the future of Gamers Outreach has in store.

Be sure to join the action over at! We’re proud to work with Twitch as our official streaming partner of Gamers for Giving. We can’t wait to see you in the chat on April 28th and 29th!

ADTRAN Supports Network

Our network engineers don’t get the credit they deserve.

For months leading up to the event, a handful of individuals work behind-the-scenes to plan an extensive network infrastructure capable of allowing 1000+ people to game without interruption during the weekend of Gamers for Giving.

This year, we’ve made a few improvements to our hardware thanks to our friends at ADTRAN.

ADTRAN is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. Their products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. Many of their product solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations and millions of individual users worldwide.

As anyone who has run LAN parties knows, network equipment for an event of our size can be quite expensive. Thankfully, with ADTRAN’s support, we’re able to scale our hardware for the increased number of connections at this year’s Gamers for Giving without worrying about the budget.

Be sure to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter. Their team has been a massive help in making our LAN event possible!

We’re looking forward to everyone enjoying a weekend of gaming at this year’s event! We’ll see you on April 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center.

PUBG Tournament Format

For those of you gearing up to play some PUBG with us at Gamers for Giving this weekend, we wanted to make you aware that our tournament settings have been posted!

During Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be hosting a PUBG solo free-for-all tournament in first person perspective. Players will progress through rounds of the tournament by accumulating points weighted by kills and placing.

The grand prize winner will receive $1500, free Chipotle burritos for a year, our 10th anniversary Gamers for Giving trophy, and a PUBG swag pack. The second place finisher will receive $800 and a PUBG swag pack. Players that finish in 3rd – 10th place will receive a PUBG mouse mat.

Details regarding the tournament format can be found here.

In addition to our headline tournament, we’ll be hosting a variety of perpetual casual servers for attendees to enjoy during the weekend. The custom games servers will be live during the event.

We look forward to enjoying a whole lot of chicken dinners with you all at Gamers for Giving!

We’ll see you on April 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Welcome SteelSeries

SteelSeries has long been the go-to provider of hardware for PC gaming enthusiasts. For many years, their name has been synonymous with performance-grade equipment and esports culture.

The team from SteelSeries has been gracious enough to provide us with an assortment of headsets, keyboards, mice, and mouse mats that will be given away to attendees on-site and to donors online! They’ll also be outfitting our streamer area for any of our special guests in need of equipment.

We’re excited to welcome SteelSeries to Gamers for Giving as a partnered hardware provider, and for their support in our quest to raise $350K for hospitalized children!

Be sure to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to seeing you on April 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

2018 Local Servers

Are you a PC gamer who attends a LAN party to, you know, actually play on the LAN? Well, we’ve got good news! We plan on hosting a number of local servers at this year’s event! Here’s what we’ll be running:

  • CS:GO
  • CS:S
  • TF2
  • TF2:MVM
  • HL2:DM
  • BlackMesa
  • Garry’s Mod:TTT
  • Minecraft Creative
  • Minecraft Survival
  • UT2004
  • GoldenEye Source

We’ll also be hosting custom online servers for PUBG! You’ll be able to find our Gamers for Giving servers listed in-game during the weekend of the event.

And don’t forget – all our headline PC tournaments are open to LAN attendees! The full list of competitive events can be found on our Tournaments page.

We’ll see you on April 28th and 29th at the EMU Convocation Center!

Gamers for Giving 2018 is THIS WEEKEND!

10 years in the making.

At long last, the big weekend is finally in sight! Gamers for Giving 2018 will be taking place THIS WEEKEND at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center!

On April 28th and 29th, hundreds of video game enthusiasts from across the country will be joining us to participate in one of North America’s largest LAN parties.

In addition to the gaming festivities, we’ll be chasing down a $350,000 fundraising goal in support of providing entertainment devices to hospitalized children. What’s more: this year’s goal is being matched by our friends at PUBG Corp. which means we could potentially raise as much as $700,000!

Here’s a quick highlight of some of our recent news updates:

  • As of this blog post, passes to compete in our Halo, Call of Duty, and Smash Bros. Melee tournament still remain! Get yours here.
  • Our NZXT x PUBG PC giveaway will end on April 30th! You can enter for a chance to win here.
  • From across the world, we’ll be joined by a number of incredible streamers at this year’s Gamers for Giving! Check out the full lineup and say hello!
  • We’ve made a ton of progress in the hospital environment since last year’s event, but there’s still more work to be done. Learn about our cause.
  • Unable to attend, but still want to support this year’s fundraiser? Check out this helpful guide for how you can donate, stream, or spread the word!

Whether you’re streaming from home, or joining us at the EMU Convocation Center, we look forward to having you be a part of this year’s efforts! We’ll see you on April 28th & 29th!