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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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Gamers for Giving 2017 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 event website frequently as we roll out our final updates leading into this weekend’s big fundraiser!

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!

SEA Children’s Receives 10 GO Karts

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Well fellow gamers, the long awaited day has finally arrived! Yesterday at Seattle Children’s Hospital, we hosted our first ribbon cutting ceremony for the next generation GO Karts!

In addition to christening the new GO Karts, this week also held special weight in our hearts. Coincidentally, Gamers Outreach turned 10 years old this past Monday. It was this week in 2007 when our high school Halo tournament was canceled, leading to the start of our organization. What better way to celebrate than by delivering an equivalent number of new GO Karts?

Talk about serendipity, right?

For those who’ve been following our blog posts, for the past year, we’ve been working to construct a new version of our portable gaming kiosks – affectionately known as GO Karts. Now that the process is complete, we’re in a position to build way more GO Karts, way more efficiently – which means way more hospitalized kids will have access to recreation!

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Driven by funds raised at last year’s Gamers for Giving, and donations throughout 2016, we’ve already been able to build more GO Karts than have been constructed in the entire program’s existence. Now we’re working to deliver this new batch to hospitals across the country – and yesterday we dropped our largest donation to-date at Seattle Children’s Hospital!

This particular delivery was a true community effort, pioneered by Aaron Greenberg and Team Xbox, with support from Infiniscene and the CREAG Foundation, along with streamers such as Mr_Monopoli, CrReam, Darkness429, and Stallion83. Through their efforts – 10 next generation GO Karts now exist within Seattle Children’s Hospital!

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“I have the pleasure of working with patients and their families in the ICU and often use the GO Kart system,“ said Jennifer Baker, child life specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The GO Karts have been a valuable resource in providing entertainment, distraction and normalization for these patients.  It is an honor to be receiving such a generous gift knowing how much joy these bring our patients at Seattle Children’s.”

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Aaron’s enthusiasm has been inspiring – both for our staff, and our partners. As lifelong gamers, it’s been humbling to receive such an outpouring of support from Team Xbox. We’re incredibly grateful to know this gift will be of such value to patients and staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

This contribution wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the collective gaming community. Aaron’s fundraising efforts were amplified by the team from Infiniscene, who matched more than $12,000 in donations to bring these GO Karts into existence.

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“It’s amazing to see this project come to life,” said Gamers Outreach founder Zach Wigal. “We’re a team of passionate gamers, and we’re thankful to support patients and their families within hospitals. To do so through a medium we love is incredibly special. ”

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With this delivery, Seattle Children’s Hospital has the most GO Karts of any healthcare facility we support – for now ;).

Our deepest thanks to everyone who supported Aaron’s campaign, to Infiniscene for generously matching donations, and to our community – for being with us these past 10 years as our cause has grown! You’ve all made an incredible difference in the lives of hospitalized children across the country! Here’s to the next 10. Let’s help others level up!

We’ll see you at the next one.

Next Generation GO Karts Race Forward

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Video game industry charity provides recreation to children undergoing hospital treatments; aims to donate 100 GO Karts in 2017

March 22, 2017 – Gamers Outreach, a 501(c)(3) organization, today announced the delivery of its next generation “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts), medical-grade gaming kiosks which provide recreation through video games to children undergoing hospital treatments. With help from Team Xbox, Gamers Outreach delivered 10 next generation Xbox GO Karts, the biggest donation in Gamers Outreach history, to Seattle Children’s Hospital. These new GO Karts come equipped with a gaming console, monitor, controllers, an assortment of games and help provide patients with a familiar social environment through gameplay. Each kiosk also has an internal lift mechanism, allowing hospital staff to adjust the height of the kiosk to their patient’s bedside. 

GO Karts are provided to hospitals across the country through individual donations and Gamers Outreach initiatives. A total of 36 first generation GO Karts currently support 19 hospitals across the United States. Gamers Outreach aims to donate 100 next generation GO Karts to hospitals this year and ultimately, place a kiosk in every children’s hospital across the country. Thirty-seven next generation GO Karts are already committed through individual donations to children’s treatment facilities. The funding commitment for a next generation GO Kart is $3,500 and includes all of the aforementioned equipment, as well as shipping, setup, and service.

“It’s amazing to see this project come to life after a year of planning,” says Gamers Outreach founder, Zach Wigal. “The GO Kart  initiative started as a one-off passion project and has grown to a program that supports patients nationwide. With our next generation of GO Karts, we’re able to deliver these kiosks more efficiently, and ultimately have a much greater impact in the lives of the kids and families going through hospitalization.”

Gamers Outreach’s annual fundraiser, Gamers For Giving, aims to raise $200,000 this year and will take place in Michigan on April 1st and 2nd. The two-day long LAN party brings thousands of players, professional gamers and Gamers Outreach supporters together at the event’s venue and through a weekend-long online stream, with a common goal of raising money to place GO Karts in hospitals.

Gamers for Giving is proudly supported by a number of partners including, but not limited to: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, truth®, and 5-Hour ENERGY. With their help, Gamers Outreach moves closer to the goals it’s committed itself to with each passing day.

Anyone can support Gamers Outreach by visiting gamersoutreach.org/donate. There, one can  make a contribution, sign-up to volunteer, or start their own fundraising campaign to donate a GO Kart to a children’s hospital in their community.

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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.

About Gamers For Giving

Founded in 2008, Gamers for Giving is a competitive gaming tournament and LAN party that helps generate resources for the initiatives of Gamers Outreach. Hosted in Michigan, the event has become one of the largest independent LAN parties in the United States. Funds raised during the event help support Gamers Outreach charity programs, such as building portable gaming carts for children in hospitals.

Let’s Raise $200K


At this year’s Gamers for Giving, we’re raising $200,000 to help build GO Karts for kids in hospitals. Please consider supporting our efforts by making a donation here.

Gamers Outreach is a charity that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. As an organization, our intent is to help inspire and heal patients through interactive play. For nearly a decade, we’ve been visiting healthcare facilities across the U.S., working to ensure games and technology are accessible for patients, and manageable for healthcare professionals.

Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience – especially for young people. We’ve seen it firsthand, and we’re doing everything we can to ease those burdens.

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We’ve become most known for constructing these things called “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts). GO Karts are portable, medical-grade video game kiosks deployed inside hospitals. Each cart is equipped with a gaming console, monitor, and assortment of games. The kiosks are mobile and fully secure, enabling medical staff to easily provide children with access to bedside activities.

Last year, we set a $100,000 fundraising goal in an effort to construct more GO Kart for hospitals nationwide. We ended up nearly doubling our intended goal, and raised more than $172,000.

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Due to the success of the event, we decided to make a few investments that helped us scale the GO Kart initiative. As we’ve documented in multiple blog posts throughout the past year, we’ve been able to improve the manufacturing process, and as a by-product, build a whole bunch of new GO Karts, way more efficiently. In our first batch (currently being rolled out to hospitals) we’re delivering as many GO Karts as we’ve built in the entire program’s existence. This was all made possible with the help of you – our fellow gamers.

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Now – we’re ready to go full throttle. Hospitals are actively seeking durable, reliable tools to easily manage interactive technology, and GO Karts are a proven solution for supporting patients.

Within a year, our hope is to construct at least 1 GO Kart for every U.S. children’s hospital. This can only be done with the support of the gaming community, and we’re kicking it off at Gamers for Giving 2017.

At this year’s event, we’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal. This will be the largest amount we’ve ever raised in a single weekend, and will help give us the boost we need in 2017 to move forward on building our second batch of next-gen GO Karts for an array of hospitals that we’ve yet to support.

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!

Some Engadget Love for Gamers Outreach

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Photo by Tim Seppala | Engadget

Back in early 2016, we were contacted by Engadget who were interested in doing an in-depth piece on us and the work we’ve done thus far. That piece — which went live this week — could not have been done with greater care and due diligence. They visited the hospitals and spent time with the children (and staff that look after them everyday) to get a better idea of the impact that Gamers Outreach has on their day-to-day lives.

We couldn’t be more thrilled with how it came out — you can give it a read here if you haven’t already done so… And even if you have, maybe you should give it one more go. It’s a good share for anyone who’s unfamiliar with the work that we do, but may be interested in learning more. Or, for all of our wonderful volunteers, it’s worth passing on to friends and family so they can see exactly who you’ve been helping.

GO Karts Roll Out

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The long awaited day has finally come. Like birds which leave the nest, our first 2.0 GO Kart units are en route to hospitals across the United States! Fly GO Karts, fly!

Can you blame us for being sentimental? This project has been in the works since early 2016, and we’re so grateful to FINALLY begin deliveries!

Representatives from Gamers Outreach will be overseeing this first batch of GO Kart installations, ensuring all units are fully equipped and operational after they arrive to their designated location. We’re also coordinating hospital visits with donors so they can see their GO Karts firsthand, and learn how each unit will get put to use in its new home.

The new GO Karts are being shipped throughout February & March, with donor visits and dedications following between now and shortly after Gamers for Giving 2017.

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A GO Kart packed and ready to ship! We’ll post photos of the complete setup after our first delivery.

To everyone who supported this effort, THANK YOU! We can’t wait for you to see the impact these GO Karts will have for children and their families for YEARS to come! We’ll be posting plenty of photos along the way, and sharing news of each arrival!

With the deployment of these new units, we’re effectively doubling Project GO Kart’s current impact. Even so, there’s still a long way to go. The United States contains nearly 200 major children’s hospitals – and that’s not including specialized clinics or smaller practices. We need the help of the gaming community to continue this effort. It’s our goal to create equipment that will help ensure games and technology are accessible within hospitals!

Want to support our quest? Consider supporting the cause by making a donation here! Interested in helping us set up GO Karts across the U.S.? Sign up to join the Race Crew!

We’ll see you at the first delivery!

Gamers for Giving Registration is Open!

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Gamers rejoice across the land! Registration to participate in Gamers for Giving 2017 has opened!

All tickets are sold through our friends at the Intel LANFest series, and can be purchased here.

Gamers for Giving 2017 will be taking place on April 1st and 2nd at the EMU Convocation Center. This year, we’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal to provide recreation and therapy to hospitalized children across the country. Specifically, a large portion of the funds raised will go towards constructing GO Karts – portable video game kiosks which are used to ensure patients have access to bedside activities during long-term care. Last year, we raised enough money to improve our manufacturing process, and over the coming weeks, more GO Karts will be delivered than we’ve constructed in the entire program’s existence!

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Gamers for Giving funding will also help us expand the presence of our new initiative, Player 2, which empowers gamers to support families and staff undergoing treatment within hospitals.

Eager to help us reach the goal? Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website.

Here’s a full breakdown of the passes available to purchase:

  • BYOC LAN Seat: $30 Online | $40 at the Door
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN. This ticket also grants you entry into all of our headline PC tournaments. As an attendee, you’ll bring your PC / console and have a dedicated space to play video games with fellow attendees for the entire weekend! Internet / 2 power outlets are provided with each seat. We’ll also be supporting a variety of casual PC game servers for leisure-play. Check out the LAN Party section of the website to see a list of things you’ll want to bring.
  • VIP LAN Seat & Sky Loft: $125 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this ticket if you would like to participate in the BYOC LAN as a VIP. This ticket includes a number of extra benefits, including…

    • Access to the Gamers Outreach Sky Loft: The Sky Loft is a hospitality lounge with privileged views of the arena floor, set aside as an area for guests, partners, and streamers. Premium food items and beverages will be served in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the entirety of the Gamers for Giving venue.
    • Extra Table Space: VIPs receive an extra foot of table space.
    • Early Access to the Venue: VIPs will be able to set up their rigs before the doors of Gamers for Giving open.
    • Gamers for Giving T-shirt: VIPs receive a Gamers for Giving t-shirt as part of their purchase!
    • Skip the Check-in Line: VIPs will be able to bypass the check-in line the morning of Gamers for Giving.
  • Halo Team Pass: $160 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Halo 5 tournament on Xbox One. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Call of Duty Team Pass (MWR / IW): $160 Online | $200 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered AND Infinite Warfare tournaments. Tournaments will be hosted on the PlayStation 4 console. This team pass grants a total of 4 players + 1 coach with access to the event. Only 1 member from your team needs to purchase this pass for your group. Team information will be collected when you check-in at the event.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee Player Pass: $20 Online | $30 at the Door
    Purchase this pass to compete in the Gamers for Giving 2017 Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament on GameCube. This pass grants 1 player with access to the event.

As usual, press and spectators will be able to access Gamers for Giving for free! If you are a parent accommodating a minor, a member of the press, or you’re someone who just wants to come and check out the event, you’ll only need to visit the spectator check-in desk when you arrive.

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!

Gamers Outreach Founder Recognized in Forbes

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Exciting news, Gamers Outreach community! Our founder, Zach Wigal, has been selected to join the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2017!

The 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 is the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.  Now in its sixth year, the 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth. Forbes selects 30 game changers who are under 30 years of age in 20 industries — 600 in total — who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more. 30 Under 30 awardees are a passionate and formidable bunch, and for good reason. Their goal is nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world. You can read more about the award itself here.

Wigal, who founded Gamers Outreach in 2007, represents our cause as part of the 2017 gaming category.

On social media, Wigal had this to say:

“Grateful to be joining the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2017! This is an award to be shared among everyone on the Gamers Outreach team. I’m so proud of our volunteers who make everything we do a reality. I’m thankful for our board, and the people who’ve stepped in as mentors to help guide our efforts over the years. I hope this spreads awareness of our team’s work, and leads to making an even bigger difference for hospitalized kids and their families in 2017!”

As a team, we’re so proud to share this honor, and we’re thankful to Forbes for recognizing the work of our volunteers and donors who continue to help us make an impact in the lives of hospitalized children. To echo Zach’s words, we hope this serves as a platform for continued growth and impact in 2017!

Our deepest thanks to everyone who has been involved with the cause and supports our mission. Let’s help others level up!