by Pamela Young, Published February 20, 2015
YPSILANTI – More than 1,000 video gaming enthusiasts will come to Eastern Michigan University February 21-22 to compete in one of the Midwest’s premier charity gaming events, Gamers for Giving.
The 24-hour, nonstop competition begins Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs through 10 p.m. Sunday in Eastern Michigan’s Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. It also will be internationally broadcast on www.Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach, by headline sponsor, Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers.
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, said founder Zach Wigal, 25, of Saline. Wigal is a senior in marketing at Eastern Michigan University
Gamers are participating in a number of tournaments including League of Legends; Counter-Strike Global Offensive; Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm; Console Tournaments for XBOX and WII U; Call of Duty Advanced Warfare; Halo Championship Series Event; Halo 2 Anniversary Tournament; Peggle 2 World Championship; and Super Smash Bros.
First place prizes can run up to $6,000 depending on the tournament. All events, except for Call of Duty, are sold out, however, spectators are welcome.
This is the first major fundraising event of the year sponsored by the Gamers Outreach Foundation, according to Wigal.
“This year’s competition goal is to reach $25,000,” Wigal said. “The funds will be used to help support the construction of portable video game kiosks, called Gamers Outreach Karts or GO Karts, for use in children’s hospitals.”
GO Karts contain a monitor, an Xbox console and Astro Gaming headphones, and are crafted for use in medical environments where children have limited mobility or access to activities away from their bedside.
“Our goal is to provide Go Karts to 80,000 children by the end of 2015,” said Wigal.
Several professional competitive gamers will be on hand to assist with the weekend’s activities. This year’s event will feature eSports stars Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico, Alex “Axeltoss” Rodridguez, Scott “SirScoots” Smith, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky and Dave “Walshy” Walsh. Celebrity cosplayers include Lindsay Elyse and Michelle “Missyeru” D’ Antonio.
For more information, contact Pam Young at 734-320-7976 or go to gamersforgiving.org