Each year, the charity I manage (Gamers Outreach Foundation) hosts a competitive video game tournament / BYOC LAN* party called Gamers for Giving. It’s a weekend long marathon that gives video game enthusiasts the chance to come together and share their passion for gaming while raising money and awareness for a great cause. Sponsors from the industry help cover the costs of the event, while attendee entry fees are used to fund the initiatives of Gamers Outreach. Everything is put together by a crew of volunteers.

The event is taking place within the Eastern Michigan University Student Center. It begins on Saturday, February 16th and will go non-stop until Sunday evening, February 17th. Headline activities at this year’s event include a 150 person BYOC LAN, a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 tournament, a Halo 4 tournament, a StarCraft 2 tournament, and a League of Legends tournament. We’ll be giving out over $6,000 in cash prizes to the winners of our headline tournaments!

Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support Gamers Outreach initiatives in 2013. We plan on using a portion of the funds to support Eastern Michigan’s ROTC program in connection with our organization’s military initiatives. We’ll also be creating a general funding pool for the construction of new GO Karts!

If you’re in the area, swing out to the event and support the cause! If you’re unable to attend, we’ll also be streaming the event through where you’ll be able to donate during the weekend!

Information and registration can be found at Hope to see you there!

*For those not familiar with the term “LAN Party,” LAN is an acronym for “Local Area Network.” As the organizers of the event, we set up tables, lay down electrical cords, and provide networking infrastructure that allows gamers to connect with one another to play video games.