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Gamers Outreach and Child’s Play are teaming up for the kids!

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Fellow gamers, today we have some incredible news to share! Gamers Outreach is partnering with Child’s Play to construct GO Karts for kids in more than 120 healthcare facilities across the U.S. and Canada!

Holy cow, right!? Below is the formal press release with all the details!

Game Industry Charities Unite In Support Of Hospitalized Children
Child’s Play & Gamers Outreach partner to construct “GO Karts” for more than 120 healthcare facilities across U.S. & Canada.

Los Angeles – July 25th, 2017 – Gamers Outreach Foundation (Gamers Outreach) today announced a partnership with Child’s Play Charity (Child’s Play) to build GO Karts for more than 120 healthcare facilities across the U.S. and Canada.

GO Karts (Gamers Outreach Karts) are portable video game kiosks constructed specifically for the hospital environment. Each unit is equipped with a gaming console, games, monitor, controllers, and occasionally VR devices. GO Karts are secure mobile entertainment units which allow healthcare professionals to easily provide children with access to recreation at the bedside environment or during long-term treatment.

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As many as 350,000 children could benefit from the newly constructed GO Karts on an annual basis, which are expected to race forward in October of 2017.

With grant funding provided by Child’s Play, GO Karts will be produced for each hospital in the Child’s Play network across the U.S. and Canada. The partnership marks a substantial period of growth for both organizations, which respectively work to improve the lives of children through toys and games.

“This partnership is a massive win for hospitalized kids and healthcare professionals that support their well-being,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “Child’s Play has been a champion for pediatric care since 2003, and they’re one of the original pioneers of philanthropic engagement within the gaming community. We’re incredibly excited to be working with their team, and to see the joy of gaming be shared with so many children and families.”

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“Child’s Play is thrilled to be able to work with Gamers Outreach to provide their GO Karts to our partner facilities,” said Kristin Lindsay, Child’s Play Foundation Coordinator. “These kiosks are an ideal solution for children’s hospitals to bring the familiar fun of video games to kids while keeping things simple to use and maintain for Child Life staff. Games are a key factor in normalizing the hospital experience for pediatric patients and Child’s Play is proud to assist that mission.”

To get involved or learn more about the partnership, visit www.GamersOutreach.org and www.ChildsPlayCharity.org.

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About Child’s Play

Founded in 2003, Child’s Play is a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in its network of over 220 facilities worldwide, including hospitals and domestic abuse shelters. Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, the organization sets up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, the organization purchases new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. Donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.

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.

Streamer Spotlight: VernNotice

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In this latest installment of our Streamer Spotlight series, we spoke with VernNotice! If you’re behind, you can catch up with our previous spots on TheHaleyBaby and LadyDevann here.

What made you decide to get into streaming, & how long have you been doing it for?

I’ve been playing video games my whole life. I found a love of editing montages and other gaming videos way back when I was a freshman in high school, and that led to the birth of a YouTube channel in 2007. It focused mostly on gaming montages and editing tutorials until I started recording commentary videos. This is when I found my passion for not only video games, but entertaining and interacting with people as well.

From there it was a natural progression into streaming. I don’t remember the exact day I started streaming, but I want to say I’ve been doing it for about five or six years now. I’ve only been a full-time streamer for a little over two years, though.

Could you walk us through an what a typical streaming day looks like for you? From waking up all the way to when you head off to sleep?

Keeping a schedule is without question one of the hardest things to do for me. With all the traveling and random events throughout the year, a normal sleep schedule is not something I’m accustomed to. When I am home though, and things are going as usual, I’ll typically wake up around noon — I’ll eat a light breakfast and then head to the gym shortly after. I spend a couple of hours at the gym before coming home and getting whatever random chores need to be done that day (cleaning, laundry replying to emails, etc.). That will usually take me up until stream time which I do my best to start at 7pm EST every day. Then I’ll stream for about 6-8 hours. Finally it’s shower and bed time.

That is an ideal day. Though, sometimes things don’t go as planned.

How do you stay healthy and active with a hobby or passion that requires that you game/stream a certain amount of hours every week? Do you have a workout regiment or diet you try to stick to?

Staying active and living a healthy lifestyle was such a struggle in the beginning. So much so that I completely neglected my personal health for a long time. Growing up I’ve always been a bigger dude, but I was always heavily into sports, too. When I started streaming full time and really grinding out streams and games to make things work, it was easy to forget about something as important as taking care of my body. Recently though, I’ve been taking steps and making improvements to ensure a more healthy and fulfilling life. I purchased a motorized standing desk, and I’ve developed a regular gym routine that I’ve absolutely fell in love with. I even started doing cooking streams three times a week in hopes that I’ll stop eating so poorly. It’s all a work in progress, but that’s life.

When it comes to your community, what characteristic do you like about them most?

The community that has gathered around my channel has become sort of like a little family for me. I do my best to interact and get to know every name. We laugh and joke and just have a great time with each other every stream. They are always so supportive no matter how I’m feeling or what I’m doing. It’s why I’m so comfortable branching out from the normal “gaming” streams they’re accustomed to, and streaming things like me cooking dinner or even reading a book. Streaming can take such a mental toll on a person and it provides such relief knowing that those people are going to be there for the ride no matter what.

What made you want to get involved with a non-profit like Gamers Outreach?

For one, as content creators, we have the potential to reach a lot of people. While the streams are focused on having a good time and entertaining people, it’s nice to take a step back and talk about real life situations and issues. Giving charities the spotlight on our streams is a great way to bring awareness and actually do some good on top of the everyday entertainment factor.

I’ve done a lot of traveling and events for charities throughout the years but being from Michigan, Gamers Outreach is literally in my backyard. On top of that I’ve used a GO Kart myself after a tonsillectomy and more recently my brother had one available to him during a stint in the hospital. As someone who loves games and has had extended stays in the hospital, GO hits pretty close to home.

Do you have a favorite memory from your work with us?

The fact that this year (2017) was my first ever Gamers for Giving event is actually disappointing. It’s been so close for so long and just now things have finally worked out to where I was able to attend… And I had an absolute blast the entire weekend. My favorite part had to be the Bob Ross challenge. It was an insanely fun challenge where the streamers had to follow along with a Bob Ross video and try to paint with him (me being ignorant to any sort of creativity made it a little intimidating). The “challenge” part was trying to do this painting with the basic colors and one paint brush we were provided with. Throughout the event your stream was able to donate to unlock different colors, brushes etc. “Sabotages” were also introduced, as a way to mess with the other streamers participating. It was an amazing part of the the event that was filled with laughs and some backstabbing and ultimately raised a ton of money for the cause.

The question on everyone’s mind… What are you currently playing? And in addition to that, what game have you had the most fun streaming to date + why?

As a variety streamer, I bounce around a lot of different games and try to keep things interesting in the channel. We are currently playing games that range from Outlast 2 and The Walking Dead, to Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds and LawBreakers. As far as picking favorites it really depends on the day. The Gears of War franchise always provides for some good times with friends — though, I’m a very competitive person so things can get pretty heated. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is also one of my favorite games to stream. I’ve logged so many hours in that game that I could practically play it with my eyes closed which makes it perfect for “chill” days or when I just want to hang out with chat while still providing some sort of gameplay. I’ve also logged a ton of hours into GTA V which have provided some amazing memories throughout the years.

 

Want more Vern? You can find him on Twitch here, and keep up with his Twitter musings here.

Player 2 Initiative: Catching Up With Volunteer Jon Shim

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Jon Shim playing LEGO Batman with a patient at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For roughly two years now, our Player 2 program has provided a way for gamers across the country to support local children’s hospitals by volunteering to offer both their expertise in gaming as well as their working knowledge of the hardware itself — two things which help the hospital and its patients in a multitude of ways.

Around this time last year we sat down with Jon Shim, a Player 2 volunteer, to get a first hand account of what his experience with the program had been like. We caught up with him last week to hoping to hear about any new experiences or stories that had taken place since the last entry, and while he’s recently moved on to a full-time career that’s made it difficult to continue to volunteer regularly, he was able to walk us through was like watching the program grow and evolve from its inception all the way up to the present day.

What are some of your favorite aspects of doing volunteer work?

I think a few of my favorite things about this type of work are seeing the impact that it has on not only kids, but their friends, family members, and the community in general. The other thing is seeing others wanting to get involved in that same cause and watching how much happiness it brings to everyone who’s involved in it in some way or another.

How has the Player 2 program changed at all over the years? 

Although I’m not currently active with the Player 2 program, it has definitely changed in few ways since its beginning. When it was first starting out, it was challenging to get a lot of people involved with it — that was the biggest hurdle. In time, more and more people started becoming aware of it and began reaching out to see if they’d be able to participate. What’s changed the most, in my opinion, is the awareness within the hospital’s environment itself. All of the Child Life Specialists I’ve come across are completely, 100% on board with it, and make it a point to tell every new kid that comes into the hospital all about it. The Child Life Specialists are the real difference makers with the Player 2 program; without them, we would not have had as wonderful of a experience as we have with the kids.

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Any new stories you can share with us since the last time we spoke?

One of the things a lot of people don’t know is the amount of time Player 2 volunteers spend with the kids outside of just gaming. Whether it’s arts and crafts, playing musical instruments in a child life room, doing laps around the floor while pulling one of them in a wagon, or countless other things, the bond that forms between the child and the volunteer is memorable for both of them.

For those want to volunteer but worry it may interfere with school or work, could you ballpark how much of a time commitment volunteering for Player 2 was for you?

By and large, as a member of the program you were limited to only 4 hours a week of volunteering. 4 hours doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but it only takes a quick joke told in a few seconds to make someone’s day worlds better than it may have been earlier that day, so if you think about it, all those jokes add up to a lot happy days over the period of months you spend helping out.

Last but not least, what was your favorite game to play with these kids & why?

Definitely LEGO Star Wars. The LEGO games are a huge hit with all age groups really, and with all of the Star Wars movies that have been coming out, a lot of kids loving nothing more than the opportunity to play as the characters in that universe. One really fun thing about it is that game requires teamwork… You really do have to be a great Player 2 through and through to get past a lot of tasks that you need to overcome.

 

We want to thank Jon for his time with the Player 2 program, which no doubt involved as many smiles as it did trips to Dagobah. Soon, we’ll feature stories similar to Jon’s from volunteers who’ve been doing the same noble work all across our country.

Interested in volunteering? Check out this blog to learn how you can be a part of the Player 2 pilot!

Streamer Spotlight: TheHaleyBaby

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In the last entry in our new, on-going series featuring the streamers that have helped contribute to Gamers Outreach over the years, we spoke to LadyDevann! This week, we’ll be talking to her friend (who also happens to be another content creator at the top of their game) — TheHaleyBaby!

How did you originally get into streaming?

I have been a Twitch Streamer for almost 3 years! The first thing I got into was the Call of Duty competitive scene, and I would travel all over for tournaments. During that time, I saw so many people stream on justin.tv and always DREAMED of doing something like that. My boyfriend at the time introduced me to Twitch and suggested I should do it because of my bubbly personality. I looked into it and thought, “You know what, this could turn into a good thing. Here we go!”

What’s a typical day in the life of TheHaleyBaby look like? 

Oh boy, the life of a streamer! I’m a late night streamer, meaning I start pretty late (around 7-8pm CST) then I streamed until about 3 or 4am so I sleep a lot during the day. Most of my family and friends think I’m a vampire. Usually I wake up around 1 or 2pm, put some clothes on, do my hair and make up then I go get some food.

Depending on the time, if I have errands I will go and make sure everything is taken care of like grocery shopping, checking my PO box or even clothes shopping. Once home, I usually change into comfy clothes (since I stream long hours) and open up my emails to make sure I have everything replied to and am ready to go. After that, I make sure all my stream overlays are updated, camera is working, figure out what game to play then I go live! Afterwards is usually when I eat (that’s at around 4 or 5am) so I eat a lot of breakfast food. After that I’ll shower, watch some TV and by 6 or 7am I go to sleep. That’s the life of a nocturnal streamer!

How do you manage to stay healthy and active given the demands of your occupations?

I do a bunch of different type of things, actually. I’m not a really “healthy” person when it comes to food ’cause, well… I love all foods! I don’t go to the gym because I’ve never really been that type of person, BUT I dance A LOT! On stream, I do some Just Dance to move around and stay active. If I’m having a lazy day or have time, I’ll go in my garage and learn some choreography — mainly K-pop songs.

What’s the one thing you love most about your community?

My favorite aspect of my community is how caring they are. I try to do a lot of work with non-profits, and seeing how we can all come together and help raise money for a certain cause is just really heartwarming. I’m very blessed to have my type of community.

What made you want to get involved with a nonprofit like Gamers Outreach?

When I told my community about Gamers Outreach, they didn’t respond with a simple, “Oh yeah, lets do it!” The first thing my community said was “Why didn’t we do this sooner? Let’s raise some money!”

What’s a memory from Gamers for Giving that stands out to you?

My favorite memory is when my two closest friends and I, LadyDevann and Ms_Vixen, all hit our $10k goals. Confetti was everywhere, we were laughing, smiling, and hugging… we were all proud of each other and how our communities came together! Never been more honored and happy in my life!

And of course… What are you currently playing?!

There are always SO many games I want to play. Currently, I’ve been playing a lot of Call of Duty: Zombie Chronicles, Overwatch, Friday the 13th, and even some PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds! But other than those I like to occasionally throw in a spooky game :3

 

If you haven’t been watching TheHaleyBaby, you should be! You can find her Twitch channel here, and can follow her on Twitter to find out exactly when she’s going live!

Streamer Spotlight: LadyDevann

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As part of a new, on-going series, we wanted to get some time on the books with the streamers that have lent a hand in making Gamers Outreach what it is today — by some measure or another.

Lady Devann is without a doubt one of those people. Hailing from the midwest (much like our organization), she’s made a name for herself in the cosplaying world on top of having built her own streaming community from the ground up. We were lucky enough to get some time with her recently to find out how she got her start in the scene, how she came to be involved with Gamers Outreach, and what she does when she’s not busy trying to hide from Jason in Gun Media’s recently released “Friday the 13th“!

How long have you been streamer for now? How did you first get into the scene?

I first started streaming in 2015, started off with no cam, no mic, no social media backing and started the long crawl! I previously was writing articles and video games reviews for a couple different websites, and wanted to do more with video but I hated editing for YouTube. My boyfriend suggested with how eccentric I am that maybe streaming would be a better outlet to share my love for games. He introduced me to Twitch and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Could you walk us through a day in the life of a streamer?

My days vary a lot. I try my hardest to wake up before noon and get active, but a lot of times I find myself having stayed up way too late the night before. On a good day, I wake up, go through my social media from overnight, check emails, do any errands or Discord calls, edit vlogs, and spend time with my cats (who get very cranky and demanding if they’re not given enough attention before my casts.) My boyfriend and I usually take our corgi for a long walk after lunch to get some movement, so I usually get online around 6EST and stream until midnight or 1 am. It’s hard to wind down after that and I usually turn to reddit or social media to do so, but lately I’ve been trying to read before bed instead.

How do you stay healthy and active with a profession that requires that you game/stream a certain amount of hours every week?

Honestly, this is, in my opinion, one of the hardest aspects of being a streamer. It’s something I struggle with on a daily basis. Working from home, and not really needing to leave my house often has definitely made my depression a lot worse. To counter this, I’ve been setting daily goals for myself; making sure I wake up at a certain time everyday, playing Just Dance to get some cardio in, taking my dog for a walk — little things. I have a Fitbit to track how many steps I take in a day and actively try to drink more water — but even with all that, being so sedentary leaves me naturally tired being at rest so much. I got a gym membership and a personal trainer that I meet with once a week to try and motivate myself to be more healthy, so while I still struggle to go to the gym on days I’m not meeting my trainer, having his guidance and advice on different work outs to do and having that human interaction has helped tremendously. I also created a section in my Discord where my subscribers and I can keep each other motivated by posting fitness memes, healthy food recipes, work out advice and more!

I love video games, they are my passion so playing them for long hours is the easy part — it’s the physical part and making that step to be active and move around that is hard. I wish I could say there was one simple trick to make those steps, but it’s really just determination and motivation.

What would you say is your favorite aspect of your community or following?

My community is so supportive of each other and welcoming it’s amazing! There have been times when chatters have entered my stream depressed, and my community members reached out to them to talk to and to be friends with to change that around. I distinctly remember an email I received from one individual who said he was planning on committing suicide, but the community was so kind and caring to him, he felt like he found a home and changed his mind on ending his life. This was something that really touched me, because I didn’t have much involvement in that.

I don’t recall if I saw his initial chat messages that day or not, but several regular community members went out of their way to change a strangers life and to be kind, and that’s something that I will never forget. It could have happened in any chat, in any stream, but the fact that it was my regulars was beautiful to me.

What made them want to get involved with a nonprofit like Gamers Outreach?

I am a firm believer in giving back to make this world a better place. I was volunteering at a Stack Up booth at a Halo tournament when I happened to overhear Zach Wigal talking to the other booth member about the tournament and the charities. Being the nosy person I am, I had to learn more.

After talking to Zach and hearing about Gamer’s Outreach and what it does I felt so inspired. My mother was a RN at a childrens hospital, and having previously worked in the medical field myself I knew the importance of emotional support and finding things to lift the spirits of those hospitalized.

What’s your favorite memory from any Gamers for Giving you’ve attended?

This year TheHaleyBaby and I “competed” in raising money for the children. Our stations were next to each other and our communities were trying to out-raise the other (in a completely playful way, switching from each stream to contribute to both of our campaigns.) In the end, together we raised over 20 thousand dollars for the charity. We each have two karts in our communities’ names, and we also decided to use the remainder of both of our amounts raised to make a kart together in the name of the Chipmunk Army and the Devannation!

To celebrate all of this, we played the “Pie Face” game where we took turns turning a dial that had a chance of hitting us in the face with whip cream. There’s about a 1 in 6 chance that you’ll get hit with the whip cream, so I had Haley turn the dial first — of course she doesn’t get hit, passes it to me, and I immediately get hit! I passed back over to Haley and she avoids yet ANOTHER hit, so it comes back to me and I was hit once again! I have never seen the whip cream triggered so fast, so close together. I think I still have some whip cream in my nose from laughing so hard!

And last but certainly not least, the question on everyone’s mind… What are you currently playing?

Friday the 13th! I’ve been completely addicted to it and can’t put it down!

 

If you don’t already, you be sure to subscribe to LadyDevann’s Twitch channel, and give her a follow on Twitter to know when she’s going live!

Blank Children’s Receives GO Kart

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Our first GO Kart for the state of Iowa was recently delivered to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines! Constructed by 16 year old Johnathan Dooley, this particular unit represents a pure community effort – driven by friends, family, and fellow gamers.

Blank Children’s Hospital is a 108-bed environment that embraces and encourages families to be a part of their child’s healing and recovery. Everything within the hospital, from equipment to decor, is designed specifically for children – which makes our GO Karts a perfect fit for patients going through treatment!

Inspired by our board member Fwiz, Johnathan Dooley became involved in our cause last year when he learned about our efforts online and from our annual fundraising event, Gamers for Giving. As a high school student, Johnathan wanted to make a difference through his passion for playing video games. After creating a fundraising campaign, he began reaching out to his peers and family members in support of his quest to bring a GO Kart to Des Moines, Iowa. It didn’t happen overnight, but thanks to a bit of persistence (and being extraordinarily patient as we worked to construct GO Kart 2.0), Johnathan was able to raise all the funds necessary to build his GO Kart for kids at Blank Children’s!

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It was our honor to have Johnathan and his father join us at the hospital, and see the GO Kart delivered firsthand. We’re so proud of his accomplishment. Johnathan’s success is a lesson for all of us. No matter what age you are, it’s always possible to make an impact.

We’re glad to be supporting patients at Blank Children’s Hospital, and hope this GO Kart will be of service for years to come!

In the words of DJ Khaled, “and another one.”

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Bluehole Contributes $100K; Visits Seattle Children’s

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In early May, streamers from across the gaming community took part in the first ever PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Charity Invitational. The event, which brought together 128 Twitch streamers from Europe and North America, was a celebration of the game’s incredible success and the gamers who’ve supported its development. With a $100K match from Bluehole Inc, the gaming community raised more than $223,000 in support of our quest to provide hospitalized children with access to recreation.

This week, we had the chance to give the Bluehole team a tour of Seattle Children’s Hospital and demonstrate how these funds will impact our programs. During our tour, staff from Seattle Children’s Hospital spoke to Bluehole’s CEO, Gang-Seok Kim, about the importance of video games in the hospital environment, and how GO Karts play a daily role in the lives of patients.

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“I was honored to visit Seattle Children’s Hospital to see first-hand all of the incredible work that Gamers Outreach does,” said Gang-Seok Kim, CEO of Bluehole Inc. “Helping create new video game kiosks is one small way to show how much we appreciate the dedication and kindness that the staff at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and the team at Gamers Outreach puts forth every day.”

Donations from the Charity Invitational event, including those matched by Bluehole, Inc. will go towards supporting children and teens throughout the healing process via our unique GO Karts (Gamers Outreach Karts), which are portable, medical-grade video game kiosks that enable hospital staff to easily provide bedside recreation to children who are unable to leave their rooms in hospitals.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this incredible fundraiser! Our current expectation is to activate these funds throughout the summer, with new GO Kart deliveries taking place at some point in August / September. We can’t wait for you to see the results!

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Rady Children’s Upgrades Fleet

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Our friends at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego, California received a whole bunch of new GO Karts this week, bringing the total fleet count to 5 units inside the hospital!

As one of the largest pediatric hospitals in California, gaming is in constant demand at Rady Children’s. In 2014, the hospital provided care to more than 196,000 children. Nearly 20,000 of those cases were inpatient admissions.

Our first GO Kart was donated to their facility in 2015 thanks to funds raised by Serious Gaming. The GO Kart was put to immediate use, and has been in constant daily circulation since its delivery.

Noticing its frequent demand, internal donors at the hospital rallied together to make this recent delivery possible. Now, multiple floors within the facility have access to GO Karts as a way to ensure games are accessible to patients that are unable to access playrooms during treatment or long-term care.

We’re excited to see these GO Karts roll into their new home, and hope they’ll be of benefit to patients and families for years to come!

 

And the grand total is…

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On May 4th, streamers from across the gaming community took part in the first ever PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Charity Invitational. The event, which brought together 128 Twitch streamers from Europe and North America, was a celebration of the game’s incredible success and the gamers who’ve supported its development.

With the collective effort of the streamers who participated and the support of their viewers – along with an insanely generous $100K match from Bluehole Inc. – our fellow gamers raised an astounding $223,357.00!!

These resources will make such a difference for children and their families. Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience – especially for young people. Our mission as an organization is to help ease those burdens by providing equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment. We’re primarily concerned with ensuring games are accessible and manageable within hospitals. That’s why we construct GO Karts – portable video game kiosks built specifically for the hospital environment, which enable healthcare professionals to provide children with access to bedside activities.

Later in 2017, we also plan invite gamers to serve in the hospital, either by helping to watch over GO Karts, or to become a digital activity manager through our pilot-program, Player 2.

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The funds raised by the community will allow us to expand all of these efforts in a substantial way, and will ultimately make a measurable, tangible impact in hospitals we serve.

If you’re interested in getting involved throughout the year, be sure to swing by our Donate page to learn about all the ways you can contribute, volunteer, or fundraise.

Our deepest thanks go out to everyone in the gaming community that supported this fantastic event. And of course, we’re endlessly grateful to PLAYERUNKNOWN and the entire development team at Bluehole Inc. Between organizing this fundraiser, and matching $100K of the contributions – this was the largest fundraiser anyone has organized for our cause, and we’re truly humbled by their support and belief in our efforts.

We can’t wait to put these resources to use, and for you to see the difference you’ve all made in people’s lives. Thank you all for your support. Let’s help others level up!

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Charity Invitational is TODAY!

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Bluehole Inc. plans to match up to $100K in donations. Help us unlock every dollar by making a contribution here!

Today is the day! The PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) 2017 Charity Invitational kicks off across Twitch.tv at 9 AM Pacific!

Throughout the day, more than 100 streamers from North America and Europe will be taking part in an epic PUBG tournament in support of Gamers Outreach programs! Bluehole Inc (the game’s developer) will be matching up to $100K in contributions received from across all participating community streams!

Interested in making a donation or watching the event? The primary PUBG fundraising page and stream can be found here.

These funds will make a tremendous difference in our quest to provide hospitalized children with access to recreation. HUGE amounts of appreciation go out to everyone involved with this effort!

If you’re a streamer that’s interested in joining the fun and rallying your community – you can still participate and help raise money in support of our cause even if you’re not part of a officially sanctioned team! We recently built our own fundraising platform which allows gamers to stream for Gamers Outreach programs! You can start a general fundraiser, or even rally your community to construct GO Karts for a hospital of your preference. You can create your first fundraising campaign here, and broadcast throughout the day! Need artwork for your stream? Download our logo and Twitch banners here.

As a general rule of thumb to donors / streamers: it’s best practice for donations to be collected through Gamers Outreach – with tools such as our fundraising platform or our general donation page. Feel free to reach out if you need any help getting started or making a contribution!

Be sure to follow all the action live on Twitch.tv – and keep up with the latest news by following the PUBG Twitter.

We’ll see you online! Best of luck to all the teams competing, and THANK YOU!