Final Reminders: Gamers for Giving 2017

Gamers for Giving 2017 begins TOMORROW! At this moment, a small army of volunteers are working to transform the EMU Convocation Center into a home for this year’s event

 Join us on-site or on one of our live streams as we raise $200,000 to build GO Karts for hospitalized kids around the country!

Streams will go live on Saturday @ 12:00 PM. Sunday’s broadcast will go live @ 10:30 AM

Here are some final reminders:

  • Not attending in person, but still want to support the cause? Donations can be made here.
  • Event waivers and parental consent forms (for participants under 18) can be found here. Please bring this with you to the event!
  • Passes for the Smash tournament are still available. Online sales will end tonight at midnight. Please note: passes are $20.
  • If you are attending the BYOC LAN party, please make sure you bring everything you’ll need, including an ethernet cable (preferably 25 ft)! You can find a handy checklist here.
  • Join the Gamers for Giving Discord server to communicate with other attendees and receive event announcements!
That’s all we’ve got. Be sure to help spread Gamers for Giving hype by tweeting us with the hashtag #GFG2017!

We hope to see you on April 1st & 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Guest Feature: Wintergaming


Joining us as a member of the Gamers Outreach stream team, local StarCraft hero Evan “Winter” Ballnik will be broadcasting live to help raise funds at Gamers for Giving!

With thousands of games of StarCraft 2 logged, Winter is one of the few players in the world to reach Grandmaster Random (all 3 races) in StarCraft 2. Now a full-time streamer, Winter focus on producing entertaining, educational, and enjoyable StarCraft content on his Twitch and YouTube channels.

During last year’s Gamers for Giving, Winter streamed for 32 consecutive hours, (woa) and held down casting duties for both our StarCraft and Counter-Strike tournaments, along with some of our other crew members.

This year, Winter will be joining us in a designated stream lounge, broadcasting alongside other streamers to build GO Karts for hospitalized children around the country.

Winter is also sponsoring this year’s StarCraft tournament! Praise be!

Be sure to show him some support on Twitter and Facebook, and say hello on April 1st & 2nd!

Thank You Twitch!


We have to give a HUGE shout out to Twitch for helping us work with so many incredible streamers this year. Without their platform or their support, a lot of our fundraising efforts simply wouldn’t be possible. Twitch has been fantastically generous in empowering our efforts, helping to coordinate travel for many of our special guests attending this weekend. They’re really the best, aren’t they?

And of course, we’re proud to have Twitch has the official streaming platform of Gamers for Giving 2017! We’ll be getting our own stream started at approximately 11:30 AM Eastern time. Be sure to join us over at!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd, LIVE ON TWITCH!


Online Guest: summit1g


Joining us online during Gamers for Giving – renowned Twitch streamer Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar will be broadcasting this weekend in support of the cause!

An ex-competitive Counter-Strike player turned full time streamer, summit1g is one of the most recognized broadcasters online – with over 20,000 Twitch Subscribers, and a viewership community of nearly 2 million strong!

Summit1g will be streaming over on his Twitch channel Saturday in support of our quest to raise $200,000 for GO Kart builds across the country.

Be sure to give him some love on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, and check out his stream during this weekend’s event!

Guest Feature: Goldenboy


Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez joined the gaming scene years ago as a competitor when he experienced the same competitive sensations behind the controller as he had as an athlete throughout high school. His love for esports led to pursuing tournament titles in Halo, Call of Duty, and even Asphalt 4 for the cell phone.

His lovable personality and positive reputation as a community mentor unexpectedly put him at the forefront of the industry when, in 2011 at the MLG National Championships for Black Ops, Alex was invited to cast an event. Since then, he has been invited to host and cast events for ReedPop, Microsoft, Square-Enix, Sony, Activision, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, MLG, IPL. WCG, UMG, ESL, Paradox Interactive… ok, basically everybody.

Goldenboy will be bringing back his luscious voice and charm to Gamers for Giving for the fourth year in a row. You’ll be able to catch Goldenboy on various stream broadcasts during the event, and word has it he even plans to stream a bit himself!

Be sure to show him some love on Twitter, and say hello during the event!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Welcome Lightstream


Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to have met a number of generous people in gaming. One such group at the top of our list is the crew from Lightstream (formerly Infiniscene). If you’re not already familiar, the people at Lightstream are a collection of industry veterans who’ve been making content creation easier and more accessible than ever before. Their broadcast studio is an intuitive platform that empowers gamers to quickly stream their own gameplay through websites like YouTube and Twitch.

In addition to supporting our fundraising efforts at our last Gamers for Giving event, Lightstream recently matched more than $12,000 in donations to help construct GO Karts for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Their enthusiasm for our cause has been inspiring, and words can’t adequately express how thankful we are to have their support!

Lightstream is joining us once again at this year’s Gamers for Giving! You’ll find them in our streamer area, working with our team of streamers to spread the love across the interwebs.

Be sure to give them a shout on Twitter and Facebook!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Guest Feature: Ms Vixen


GO Kart builder and champion of charity causes, Lanai “Ms Vixen” Gara will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2017!

Considered one of the most popular female streamers on Twitch, Lanai specializes in First Person Shooters and was formerly ranked #1 in the world for Call of Duty World at War in Free For All in 08-09! Due to her competitive spirit, Lanai never turns down a good fight and her out-going personality has made her a fan favorite among the gaming industry.

Be sure to give her some love on Facebook and Twitter, and check out her stream this weekend during Gamers for Giving!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Zowie Supports Gamers for Giving


Today, we’re excited to welcome Zowie a brand by BENQ as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving 2017! A longtime supporter of our efforts, Zowie / BENQ will once again be providing us with equipment for use at our annual fundraising event.

Zowie is the leading monitor brand for competitive gamers. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat panel displays, and monitors for any application. Their cutting-edge models lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics.

BENQ monitors will be deployed throughout the Gamers for Giving Halo and Call of Duty tournaments.

We’re incredibly thankful to have BENQ’s support. Be sure to show them some love on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their products during this year’s event!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

DXRacer Sponsors Gamers for Giving


As fellow racing fans, we’re always glad to work with the folks at DXRacer, and the company will once again be joining us as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving!

DXRacer chairs are known for their race car aesthetic, but are also ergonomically designed to ensure comfort and proper posture during late night gaming sessions.

As a company that is local to Ann Arbor, Michigan, we’re proud to welcome DXRacer as a sponsor of Gamers for Giving 2017.

DXRacer will be equipping our streaming area with their chars, and we may even have a few units as prizing. The company’s support will help us make an even larger difference in hospitals across the country.

Be sure to give DXRacer a follow on Twitter, and Facebook!

We’ll see you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Local 4 Detroit

Gamers Outreach founder Zach Wigal had the chance to stop by Local 4 Detroit this morning and discuss this weekend’s big fundraising event! Check out the segment below, brought to you by our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers!