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Lightstream Donates GO Karts to Lurie Children’s Hospital

The portable, medical-grade video game kiosks help nurses provide bedside activities to children unable to leave their hospital room

CHICAGO, Thursday, September 19, 2019 Lightstream, an innovator in live streaming technology, delivered two GO Karts, portable, medical-grade video game kiosks, to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on August 6, 2019. These GO Karts were made possible through sponsorship and funds raised at Gamers Outreach’s annual fundraising event Gamers for Giving. A short video documenting the hospital delivery and history of Lightstream’s involvement with the charity can be viewed here.

Lightstream has been a proud supporter of Gamers for Giving since the company was founded, and has increased its involvement and sponsorship each year. As the title sponsor in 2019, Lightstream helped streamers raise enough money for dozens of Karts and even one of their own. A second Kart was donated through Lightstream’s community manager Brandon Stennis (IAmBrandon on Twitch) who participated as a streamer and raised the money from his viewers. Additionally, Lightstream matched donations for Mixer streamer ActaBunniFooFoo to raise enough for one Kart to be delivered to a hospital of his choice.

 

“Since the beginning, the Lightstream founders wanted to use our company to give back. Having been friends of Zach and Gamers Outreach for years, we became a small sponsor of the Streamer Zone at Gamers for Giving during our very first year of business with the goal of multiplying the streamers and Lightstream’s fundraising impact,” said Stu Grubbs, Lightstream CEO. “Every year we have increased that sponsorship as we were more successful and in 2019, we were proud to be the title sponsor for the event. While we have helped raise money for many karts over the years, 2019 was even more rewarding as we participated in our first hospital delivery and saw the real impact the karts and the organization have on these children and families. It feels special to take our love for gaming, our hard work on Lightstream, and use that to have an impact on so many lives.”

Gamers Outreach constructs portable, medical-grade video game kiosks called “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts). These kiosks enable nurses to easily provide bedside activities to children unable to leave their rooms in hospitals. Each GO Kart is equipped with a gaming console, monitor, and an assortment of games. The carts provide a safe, flexible, and efficient way to ensure kids have access to entertainment and coping mechanisms during long-term hospitalization. Each unit also has an internal lift mechanism, which allows healthcare staff to adjust the GO Kart to a patient’s bedside, accommodating a variety of medical scenarios which may limit a patient’s mobility.

In 2019 Gamers for Giving surpassed its goal generating nearly $640,000 in support of Gamers Outreach programs. They estimate these funds will help them support an additional 398,000 children and families. Since its inception in 2008, Gamers for Giving has become one of the largest LAN parties in North America. The weekend-long competitive gaming tournament, LAN party, and streamathon raises money through sponsorships, ticket sales, and donations from stream broadcasts to help fund Gamers Outreach programs year-to-year, including the GO Kart Program which provides entertainment devices to hospitalized children.

“We believe it’s important for Gamers for Giving to exist,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach.

“The event has become part of our cultural identity – it’s a chance for gamers to combine their passion for gaming with charitable action. It’s a live demonstration of what the community is capable of when we come together in service of others.”

For pictures from the ceremony please click here

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About Lightstream

Lightstream is a Chicago-based startup built with a true passion for live video production, gaming and supporting the explosive growth of creators and their communities. Its cloud-based technology and products transform difficult technical hurdles into streamlined workflows. Lightstream empowers creators to effortlessly share their passion, talent, and creativity on live streaming platforms like Mixer, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube and more.

About Gamers Outreach

Founded in 2007, Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals. We aim to inspire and heal patients through the power of interactive play.

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Media Contact:

Wendy Knowles
Lightstream
wendy@golightstream.com
(813) 447-9035

Ian Carr
Gamers Outreach
icarr@gamersoutreach.org
(203) 209-1203

Press Release: ESL Launches “Gaming for Good” Initiative with Gamers Outreach

ESL LAUNCHES “GAMING FOR GOOD” INITIATIVE, STARTING WITH GAMERS OUTREACH PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE CHILDREN IN HOSPITALS ACCESS TO VIDEOGAMES

Under “Gaming for Good” Initiative, ESL Will Donate A Portion of Intel® Extreme Masters Chicago Ticket Sales To Gamers Outreach 

Cologne, Germany – July 11, 2019 – ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced a partnership with Gamers Outreach, a charity organization providing gaming equipment, technology, and software to help children and teenagers cope with treatments in hospitals, as part of ESL’s new “Gaming for Good” initiative. Together, ESL and Gamers Outreach will launch an awareness, fundraising, exhibition, and integrated campaign in conjunction with Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Chicago on July 20-21, which will continue with various ESL events in the future.

ESL’s brand purpose is to create a world where everybody can be somebody. ESL is committed to using its position as the world’s largest esports company to demonstrate how gaming and esports can benefit great causes and organizations, such as Gamers Outreach.

“‘Gaming for Good’ is a natural progression to fulfill our brand purpose, and I believe it is important that industry leaders like ESL set the tone and use their brand for the good of society,” said Rodrigo Samwell, Chief Marketing Officer, ESL. “Partnering with Gamers Outreach will allow ESL to support children in hospitals, where gaming can help serve as a connection to the outside world, the motivation to fight a condition, and dream to become somebody. We are committed to working with Gamers Outreach to create awareness and fundraising campaigns that supports the organization’s programs through IEM Chicago and beyond. We call upon all gamers and esports athletes to join us at IEM Chicago to use gaming for good.”

Starting on July 11, ESL will host an IEM Chicago ticket fundraiser, where up to $10 from each ticket sold will be donated directly to Gamers Outreach. In addition, Gamers Outreach will have an exhibit booth onsite at IEM Chicago, where fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the charity and find out how they can volunteer. ESL and Gamers Outreach will also explore opportunities through Gamers Outreach’s Project GO Kart and Player 2 initiatives, in which volunteers build and deliver custom game stations for children that are unable to leave their hospital rooms during treatment and recovery. 

“As longtime esports enthusiasts, our team is beyond excited to work with ESL in a formal capacity,” said Zach Wigal, Founder, Gamers Outreach. “Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating experience for patients receiving treatment, but on a daily basis, we see the incredible impact games have on the lives of families. Video games are tools that help normalize healthcare environments, and our organization is committed to making video game content available and easy to manage. Games help produce a sense of joy, facilitate socialization, and can even assist with treatment. This partnership with ESL is an incredible opportunity for the community to make a difference in the lives of gamers receiving medical care. We’re proud to work with the team at ESL to raise awareness and support for Gamers Outreach programs.”

Much like ESL’s grassroots beginnings, Gamers Outreach was founded by a group of high school gamers near Ann Arbor, Michigan while volunteering at local hospitals. ESL will help to raise awareness and proceeds to support Gamers Outreach and their network of nearly 200 hospitals and more than 1.25 million children.

The partnership with Gamers Outreach is part of ESL’s “Gaming for Good” commitment to its current and planned corporate social responsibility initiatives. Gamers Outreach fundraiser tickets for IEM Chicago will go on sale on July 11. To purchase these tickets, please visit the IEM Chicago 2019 ticketing page and follow @ESL and @GamersOutreach on Twitter for the latest updates. 

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About ESL

ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. https://about.eslgaming.com/

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 through equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment. More information can be found at www.GamersOutreach.org.