Video game industry influencers, companies to descend on Eastern Michigan University for 24-hour weekend of eSports competition

Competition to benefit Gamers Outreach Foundation charities

by Pamela Young, Published February 15, 2013

YPSILANTI - The eyes of the interactive entertainment industry will focus on Eastern Michigan University this weekend as video game enthusiasts from across the country compete in one of the Midwest's premier charity gaming events, Gamers for Giving.

The action begins Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m., and runs continuously through Sunday, Feb. 17, in Eastern Michigan's Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti.


Competitors from a previous Gamers for Giving event. Courtesy of Gamers for Giving

Gamers for Giving features tournaments with cash prizes for the hardcore enthusiast, as well as casual activities for those who enjoy the light-spirited side of gaming, says Zach Wigal, founder. Wigal is a marketing major at Eastern.

Gamers can participate in a number of tournaments including Halo 4; A Call of Duty Black Ops 2; League of Legends; StarCraft 2; and a BYOC (bring your own computer) LAN Party. Entry fees from the event directly support the Gamers Outreach Foundation's charities.

"Gamers for Giving is an opportunity for people who love to play video games to come together, share their passion for gaming, and raise money for charity," says Wigal, a Saline resident. "This year, we're trying to raise $15,000 to support the programs of the Foundation."

Founded by Wigal in 2008, Gamers for Giving is a non-profit competitive gaming tournament & LAN party that helps raise money for the charity initiatives of the Gamers Outreach Foundation. The foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit within the video game industry that facilitates activities such as building portable gaming carts for children's hospitals (dubbed "GO Karts"), and sending video game care packages to troops overseas.

"We've been able to deliver GO Karts to medical facilities in Michigan, but we'd like to expand the program to additional hospitals both within and outside the state" Wigal said. "We'll also be supporting Eastern's ROTC program in connection with our military initiatives."

Information and registration for this year's event can be found at A live stream will broadcast at

For more information, contact Zach Wigal by email at or by phone at 734.476.7506.




Pamela Young

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