DreamHack Supports Gamers for Giving

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DreamHack.

The mecca of LAN enthusiasts.

For years we’ve admired their illustrious events from afar, hoping to one day make the journey to Sweden and participate in the world’s most epic gaming extravaganza.

DreamHack started in November 1994 when Kenny “K2-ICE” Eklund and Martin “DH_admin” Öjes rented the local school cafeteria in the small city Malung, Sweden and invited their computer enthusiast friends to join them for a weekend of coding and hacking.

Today DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter are the world’s largest digital festivals, the indisputable largest LAN parties in the world with over 26,000 visitors, 22,483 unique devices in the network each and close to 10 000 visitors who enjoy DreamHack with their own computer. DreamHack also features world class esports events, DreamExpo, cosplay and a celebration on all things Internet happening several times each year all around the world.

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Our team was incredibly excited when DreamHack announced their expansion to the U.S. – and we hope to see their events bolster the LAN community here in the states.

On that note, we’re incredibly proud to welcome DreamHack on board as a supporter of Gamers for Giving 2017! Gamers Outreach is partnering with DreamHack to equip our streamers with an allotment of high-end broadcast PCs. You can also expect to see our crew at a few of their events (TBA) throughout 2017.

We’re inspired by the DreamHack team and all they’ve accomplished over the years for the gaming community. Show them some love on Facebook and Twitter, and join us in welcoming them to Gamers for Giving 2017!

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

Guest Feature: Walshy

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Known within the competitive gaming community as “Walshy,” David Walsh is a man who’s identity has become synonymous with the world of esports. As one of the original pioneers for competitive gaming on consoles, Walshy is a three time Major League Gaming National Champion, and boasts a resume inked with victories across multiple tournaments from around the world.

His desire to contribute to the progression of the video game industry has extended into game development. Having recently earned a Computer Science degree at Grand Valley State University, Walshy now resides in Seattle, where he works as a Technical Designer for First Strike Games.

Outside his new career, Walshy continues to host esports events worldwide, and recently completed a hosting gig at the Halo World Championship. For Halo fans, Walshy provides unparalleled in-depth analysis of pro game play, drawing on his former experience as a top Halo competitor.

Walshy serves on the Board of Directors for Gamers Outreach, and has been an advocate of our efforts since 2008. Gamers for Giving attendees will be able to find Walshy hosting our main broadcast stream from this year’s event, hosted at www.Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach

Be sure to say hello to Walshy if you make it to the event! You can also hit him up on Twitter to let him know you’ll be attending.

We look forward to seeing you on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center!

Local Servers

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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:

  • Minecraft
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Garry’s Mod
  • Trouble In Terrorist Town
  • Half Life 2: Deathmatch
  • Public CS:GO Servers
  • Tournament CS:GO Servers

A full rundown of activities we’re planning for the LAN can be found on the LAN Party section of the Gamers for Giving website.

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

*Image credit Tim Seppala, Engadget

Special Guest: Hiko

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Professional Counter-Strike player Spencer “Hiko” Martin will be joining us as a special guest at Gamers for Giving 2017!

As a youngin’, Hiko grew up playing football, hockey, and baseball until a sports injury gave him some time to play video games for a summer. It was at that point video games started to become a thing. After many years of channeling his competitive spirit into PC gaming, Hiko rose to prominence in the esports scene after his team took home a third place finish in the first major CS: GO tournament at ESWC 2012. Now, Hiko is one of the world’s top competitors.

Last year, through an online stream at the event, Hiko was able to raise enough money to build two GO Karts for hospitals in Michigan. We’ll be showcasing the units he constructed at this year’s event, and he’ll once again be streaming live over on his Twitch channel!

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Be sure to show him some love on Twitter or Facebook, and say hello if you’re able to come out to the event!

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

Gamers Outreach Welcomes Truth Initiative

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This year, we’re proud to be supported by the Truth Initiative, America’s largest non-profit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past.

Truth Initiative works to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use through education, tobacco-control research and policy studies, and community activism and engagement. Since 2000, the organization’s advocacy has helped bring teen cigarette use down from 23 percent to 6 percent (as of 2016).

As an organization that promotes the health and well-being of children within the hospital environment, we’ve been inspired by Truth’s mission, and hope to spread awareness for their cause during this year’s Gamers for Giving.

Representatives from the organization will be onsite throughout the weekend, handing out all kinds of swag and goodies. You can learn more about their efforts by visiting https://www.thetruth.com/.

Be sure to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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

Gamers for Giving is THIS WEEKEND!

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We’re only a few short days away from Gamers for Giving 2017! Be sure to check the website frequently as we roll out our final updates leading into this weekend’s big event!

Want to support the cause? Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Fundraise: We recently built our own fundraising platform which allows gamers to stream in support of Gamers Outreach programs! You can start a general fundraiser, or even rally your community to construct GO Karts for a hospital of your preference. Not a streamer? No sweat! You can still use the platform to reach out to friends, family, or colleagues in support of the big weekend’s goal! Create your first fundraising campaign here. Need artwork for your stream? Download our logo and Twitch banners here.
  • DonateAny amount helps! Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website, or by visiting www.GamersOutreach.org/donate.
  • Watch: Gamers Outreach will be streamed live all weekend on our Twitch channel, and with help from a variety of streamers in the gaming community. Be sure to check out our Stream page for all the details!
  • Spread the Word: Unable to make a donation, but still want to be involved? Help spread Gamers for Giving hype on social media! You can use the hashtag #GFG2017 to help promote this year’s event and encourage friends to get involved.

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 1st & 2nd!

Special Guest: SirScoots

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Esports historian, builder of GO Karts, friend and advocate – our favorite gaming veteran Scott “SirScoots” Smith will be joining us at Gamers for Giving 2017 as the host of our primary broadcast!

Scoots is one of the most experienced figureheads within competitive gaming. After entering the scene as a Counter-Strike competitor in 1999, Scoots joined the team of GotFrag, which was a leading source of news for hardcore enthusiasts interested in esports and professional gamers. After the website was purchased by Major League Gaming in 2007, Scoots became the COO of Evil Geniuses (acquired by Twitch), one of the most storied professional gaming teams in esports. Having led players and teams to multiple tournament victories, Scoots stepped down from active duty at EG to pursue new ventures within gaming. If you’ve kept up with competitive Counter-Strike, you’ve no doubt recently seen Scoots behind the analyst desk, working to host some of the world’s largest esports events.

Scoots has been a champion of our efforts the past few years. His involvement has directly led to the construction of multiple GO Karts for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and his passion for our work has inspired multiple gamers to make an impact in their own local hospitals.

At Gamers for Giving, Scoots will be hosting our main broadcast stream over at Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach, keeping you up-to-date on the latest news from the show floor. You’ll find him mingling with our streamers as they help overtake this year’s $200K goal! You may also catch Scoots on his own personal Twitch account, repping the cause during this year’s event.

Be sure to give Scoots some love on Twitter, and join us as we stream this year’s Gamers for Giving live on Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach!

We’ll see you April 1 & 2 at the EMU Convocation Center!

ADTRAN Sponsors Gamers for Giving

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Thanks to a partnership with ADTRAN, we’re excited to announce Gamers for Giving 2017 attendees will have access to Wi-Fi throughout the duration of this year’s event!

Yes! At long last, Wi-Fi will be available for everyone!

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.

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Staff member Jared Richter goes mad with power realizing he holds the access points.

Our friends at ADTRAN were nice enough to send us all kinds of hardware goodies to ensure adequate Wi-Fi access will be available throughout the arena floor. Now you’ll be able tweet freely from the event from your mobile device – and perhaps claim a few trophies in Clash Royale!

In addition to their hardware sponsorship, ADTRAN has committed to constructing two GO Karts for Hunstville Hospital in Alabama – which will be our first units delivered to the state!

We’re so excited to welcome ADTRAN to this year’s event. Be sure to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter, and connect to the Wi-Fi at Gamers for Giving!

We’ll see you on April 1 & 2 at the EMU Convocation Center!

Special Guest: Fang_i3anger

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During this year’s 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! Throughout the weekend, each of these streamers will host broadcasts for their respective communities to help us conquer the $200K fundraising goal!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll also be producing our own stream on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel. On that broadcast, we’ll be keeping you posted of the weekend’s festivities, and tracking the progress of our streaming partners as we work to build GO Karts for hospitalized children!

With that said, we’re stoked to announce FIFA pro Fang_i3anger will be in attendance at Gamer’s for Giving 2017!

Sometimes referred to as “Fangs”, Fang_i3anger takes her namesake from the HBO classic “True Blood”! You can find her on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, as well as her Instagram.

Feel free to say hello to Fangs at Gamers for Giving 2017, and we’ll see you in 12 days!

Special Guest: VernNotice

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During this year’s 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! Throughout the weekend, each of these streamers will host broadcasts for their respective communities to help us conquer the $200K fundraising goal!

In addition to the streamers involved, we’ll also be producing our own stream on the Gamers Outreach Twitch channel. On that broadcast, we’ll be keeping you posted of the weekend’s festivities, and tracking the progress of our streaming partners as we work to build GO Karts for hospitalized children!

This year’s Gamers for Giving will have VernNotice joining us at the event in Ypsilanti, Michigan!

If you’re a fan of Vern’s, you probably know the that the only things he loves more than gaming are music and Superman ice cream. We’re not entirely sure if he’ll be bringing his own to Gamers for Giving 2017, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

You can keep tabs on Vern on Twitter, or, better yet, tune in to his stream on Twitch which can be found here.