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Save The Date: Gamers for Giving 2018

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Exciting news, fellow gamers! Our next annual Gamers for Giving event will take place on the weekend of April 28th & 29th, 2018!

In case you’re not familiar: Gamers for Giving is a LAN party + streamathon that generates resources for Gamers Outreach programs. Through ticket sales, sponsorship, and online donations, last year’s event raised more than $300,000 in support of providing entertainment devices to children’s hospitals around the nation (which we are now deploying)!

Gamers for Giving will once again take place within the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, a venue which hosts a wide array of events including concerts, trade-shows, and banquets. Tickets will go on sale in the month of January (date TBA).

We’ll release more information regarding the 2018 event over the coming months – including our fundraising goals, streaming schedule, and list of activities. As usual, you can expect a full weekend of competitive tournaments and casual LAN camaraderie.

You can stay in sync with the latest news related to Gamers for Giving 2018 by following the Gamers for Giving blog, or following Gamers Outreach on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to use the official hashtag #GFG2018 on Twitter!

2018 is going to be a massive year for Gamers Outreach. As of this blog post, we’re in the process of scaling our programs from ~30 facilities to nearly 200 across the U.S., Canada, and even a couple hospitals overseas! We can’t wait to share our progress with you at Gamers for Giving. We’re looking forward to another year of gaming competitions and streams in support of hospitalized patients!

Hope to see you at the EMU Convocation Center on April 28th & 29th, 2018!

Super Smash Con is Upon Us

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Starting August 10 and continuing through the 13th, Super Smash Con will be taking over Chantilly, VA — bringing with it every tournament, panel, and cosplay contest that you’ve ever wanted (+ oh, so much more) related to Nintendo’s greatest fighting franchise – Super Smash Bros! The event is open to all ages.

If you’re interested in donating to Gamers Outreach at any point throughout the weekend, be sure to check out the campaign page! If at least $3,500 is raised, we’ll be able to construct a GO Kart on behalf of the Smash Con community! But truly, any amount helps make a tremendous difference in our quest to provide hospitalized children with access to recreation,

For those who will be at the show – be sure to visit our very own Jared Richter, who will be staffing a Gamers Outreach exhibit. You’ll also catch Jared sharing recent Gamers Outreach stories on a panel alongside the folks from Panda Global. The panel will be taking place on Sunday (8/13) around noon.

Best of luck to everyone competing, and huge thanks to the organizers of Smash Con for including us in their event!

Benefit for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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Are you a Gamers Outreach supporter residing in SoCal, or someone making a trip out to the west coast in the next couple weeks? If either of those is a yes – we’ve got an event for you!

On August 17th, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is hosting a soiree to raise funds in support of the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases (CCCBD), and Gamers Outreach is sponsoring the event! The CCCBD was ranked the #1 pediatric hematology-oncology program in California and #7 in the nation in 2016. Their work and dedication helps thousands of children both at CHLA and around the world.

This fundraiser is a part of CHLA’s “emerging leaders” program, which brings together business leaders and entrepreneurs from Los Angeles in support of patient treatment.

As friends of the cause, you’re invited to attend! This event is a great opportunity to learn about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the role Gamers Outreach programs have at the hospital.

During the evening, you’ll have the chance to interact with some of our crew members, hospital staff, young professionals, and a number of game industry friends from around Los Angeles, all in support of fighting cancer! We’ll also be hearing from a young man named Yssa, known to his family and friends as “Ironman Yssa”. He’s 12 years old and was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Over the past several months, he’s gone through a couple rounds of chemo and a partial leg amputation. Through it all, he never loses his smile.

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Here’s how to attend! 

Visit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles fundraising page, located here, and make a donation of $35 or more by clicking the “Donate Now” button. After you make the contribution, a representative from the hospital will contact you via email to provide more details on the event and confirm your attendance.

Date & Time:
Thursday, August 17, 2017
7:00pm

Location:
PRANK | DTLA
http://prankbar.com/
1100 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Organized by:
Council Members Dana Falk, Shareena Kumar, Joseph McCullough, Jimmy Tran, Meghan Roberts, Natasha Zaharov 

Featuring:
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Patient Story, Yssa Gutierrez

Star Sponsor:
Zach Wigal, CHLA Emerging Leader | Founder, Gamers Outreach 

Schedule:
7:00pm Check-In & Reception
7:30pm Program

Attire:
Business Casual

Our team is proud to support patients and families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. If you’re in the area, we’d love for you to join us during this special evening. Should be a great night! Hope to see you there!

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!

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.

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!

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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Photo by Tim Seppala, Engadget

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!

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!