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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!

Bluehole Inc. Matches $100K in Donations

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IGN’s very own Matt Porter posted an article today with a few special announcements regarding the upcoming BATTLEGROUNDS Charity Invitational.

The game, which has only been out for a month and a half, has already sold 2 million copies. In celebration of their success, Bluehole Inc. (the game’s developer) will be matching up to $100,000 in donations in support of Gamers Outreach programs!

This is absolutely massive for Gamers Outreach and those supported by our efforts!! To date, this is the largest matching commitment a donor has ever made on behalf of our cause. We’re so, so, SO thankful to the Bluehole team, and all the streamers participating in this week’s event!

IGN also touched on the array of Twitch livestreams that will be live on Thursday, May 4th from 9 AM – 5 PM PST. As noted in the article, you can check out the BATTLEGROUNDS Twitter feed for all the news related to participating streamers. Additional streamers will be announced heading into Thursday.

If you’d like to help us unlock this $100K match, head over to PLAYERUNKNOWN’S fundraising campaign and make a donation here.

Massive thanks to Bluehole for being so generous and rallying their community behind this effort. We can’t wait for Thursday! Keep your eyes on our Twitter, Facebook, and IG for more info as the event draws closer.

GO Kart for Mary Bridge Children’s

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Another GO Kart has been deployed to the Pacific Northwest! Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital of Tacoma, WA has received one of our new units thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North.

Rotary clubs are social networks comprised of individuals around the world dedicated to making lasting change in their communities. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects at both a local and worldwide scale.

Through member contributions, the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North was one of the first organizations committed to helping us construct our new GO Karts for hospitalized children. It was exciting to see their first unit delivered to patients at Mary Bridge Children’s, and we’re incredibly grateful for their support as we worked to develop our new GO Kart throughout 2016. It just goes to show – whoever you are, or whatever your affiliation with gaming / hospitals might be – anyone can band together to help support patients and families!

The new unit started accumulating mileage the moment we finished installing games. Hospital staff recently sent us a photo of a patient named Makoa (below), whose parents had this to say…

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“Makoa loves playing with the new Xbox! He was so excited when it was brought in. He loves playing Minecraft, just like he’s at home. It really helps him to forget everything else he’s going through. Thank you so much to (Gamers Outreach). It’s really going to be a great distraction and bring comfort to so many kids.”

We’re so glad to see this GO Kart supporting patients at Mary Bridge Children’s, and look forward to hearing many more stories like Makoa’s for years to come! Thank you to the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North for making this contribution possible! Their donation has been added to our impact map.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS 2017 Charity Invitational

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Update: PLAYERUNKNOWN is matching up to $100K in donations! Full story here.

As you’ve likely seen, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is sweeping the gaming community by storm! Just one month after early access launch, the battle royale phenomenon has landed among the top 10 all-time list for games played on Steam.

To celebrate the launch of the game in Early Access and the gamers who’ve contributed countless hours of play and feedback, the BATTLEGROUNDS Community team will be holding their first Charity Invitational, with all proceeds going to Gamers Outreach!

Join us on Thursday, May 4th from 9:00 am PDT to 5:00pm PDT as 64 EU streamers and 64 NA streamers vie their way through an intense series of competitions in the name of supporting hospitalized kids.

For those of you interested in finding out who will be competing, the BATTLEGROUNDS community team is publishing daily announcements between now and May 3rd via @PUBATTLEGROUNDS on Twitter, with the rule sets that will govern the aforementioned tournament to go live on their dev blog on May 1st.

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!

As always, keep your eyes on our Twitter & Facebook pages for more info as the tourney draws near, and we’ll see you on the Twitch stream May 4th!

GO Karts for SIUH

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From coast to coast, our new GO Karts are rolling out to children’s hospitals across the land! Shortly before Gamers for Giving, we had the opportunity to deliver two of our new units to Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). SIUH is the first facility in the state of New York to receive our new GO Karts, and of the hospitals on our waiting list, were arguably the most patient as we worked to develop the new units!

One of the great things about our work is having the chance to meet so many inspiring individuals and organizations who actively work within pediatric hospitals, helping to make life better for patients and their families. This delivery was made possible thanks to the efforts of a group called Charity Gaming, a nonprofit which works to provide video games to hospitalized children in New York. Thanks to a live streaming marathon, as well as internal donations from supporting members of the hospital, at this very moment, two GO Karts are now rolling through the hallways of SIUH! Manhattan’s New York 1 news station even stopped by to cover the delivery!

Staff and patients were thrilled to rev up their units for the first time. Huge shout out to Charity Gaming for all their work in raising the funds to make these GO Karts a reality. We’re so proud to play a role in helping you supporting the kids of New York!

Charity Gaming’s donation has been added to our impact map on the home page and GO Kart program page of the Gamers Outreach website. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible! We hope these GO Karts make a tremendous difference at your hospital!

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And the final number is…

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Gamers for Giving 2017 has come to an end, and the results are in!

Thanks to the collective efforts of the gaming community, and after tallying donations we received at the event, we’re proud to announce the grand total raised was an incredible $315,069.00!!

This is an epic victory to be shared among everyone who supported this year’s efforts! Our entire team has been inspired. To our attendees, on-site broadcasters, and online streamers who came together in support of providing recreation to hospitalized children – WE THANK YOU!!

The end result? We’ll be able to make an incredible difference in the lives of patients and their families throughout the year – delivering more GO Karts than we’ve ever constructed before!

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Over the next couple months, we’ll be working to complete deliveries of our latest batch of new GO Karts. Once finished, we’ll then be able to exercise resources generated at Gamers for Giving to roll out GO Karts across multiple hospitals around the country.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our sponsors. Companies such as Lightstream, 5-Hour ENERGY, Twitch, Cables & Kits, our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, and many others came together to facilitate this weekend’s event. Their sponsorship amplified our fundraising – and we’re grateful for their commitment to our event and cause!

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An outpouring of thanks is deserved by our streamers – who rallied their communities to help us tackle the weekend’s big goal. Collectively, our on-site stream team’s efforts accounted for more than $90,000 raised during the event! We’re blown away by the power streamers have to impact change, and we’re honored to have their support.  Streaming platforms like Twitch have enabled gamers to raise awareness and funding for causes like never before. It’s truly remarkable witnessing the difference gamers can make through online broadcasts! And of course, a special shout out goes to summit1g – who raised more than $50,000 in a single day of streaming! Astonishing.

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Last but certainly not least, we owe gratitude to our army of volunteers – whose efforts can never go unnoticed at Gamers for Giving. It’s thanks to their generosity Gamers for Giving is a reality. Our crew spends numerous hours throughout the year gathering resources and equipment to bring our annual fundraising event to fruition. Many sacrifice vacation days and time with friends/family to create our event each year, and make a difference in the lives of hospitalized kids. To all our volunteers – THANK YOU for making this year’s event the most successful Gamers for Giving we’ve hosted to date!

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Ultimately, our hope is to place at least 1 GO Kart in every U.S. children’s hospital, providing recreation to children who otherwise may not have access to activities away from their bedside. Seeing our $200K goal crushed on Day 1 of the event was incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait for you to see the difference these resources will make within hospitals.

The support we received this past weekend was humbling, but it’s also just the beginning of our annual quest! Interested in getting involved or supporting our efforts? Be sure to swing by the Gamers Outreach Donate page to learn how you can contribute, fundraise, or volunteer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us online and at the event. We’ll see you throughout the year!

Thank You!

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Wow.

What a weekend!

Our deepest thanks to all of you who made this year’s Gamers for Giving so incredibly special. Words don’t adequately express our appreciation to everyone in the gaming community who helped DEMOLISH the $200K fundraising goal!

We plan to announce our final total at some point later this week as we wait for some donations to clear, and get a final count on everything collected at the live event.

In the meantime, our crew of volunteers are in the midst of tear down at the EMU Convocation Center, and then we’ll be catching up on some much needed sleep. We’ll see you in a few days with the GRAND TOTAL!!

Gamers for Giving 2017 IS LIVE!

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That special time of year has finally arrived. Our annual fundraising event is THIS WEEKEND!!

Here’s everything you’ll need to get involved:

  • Donate: You can support our fundraising efforts by making a donation here.
  • Watch: Our main event broadcast will go live on Twitch at 12 PM Eastern Saturday. You’ll also be able to tune in on Sunday starting at 10:30 AM Eastern.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal to build GO Karts for hospitalized kids. Anything you can do to support the cause would be incredibly appreciated!!

We’ll see you on the other side!

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