Gaming event to boost charities

Gamers for Giving, a video game tournament and bring your own computer—local area network party, kicks off Saturday morning at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center.

At 10 a.m. Saturday the doors will open at the Student Center second-floor ballroom for participants and guests. The event will last until Sunday at 10 p.m.

The Gamers Outreach Foundation, a non-profit founded by EMU alum Zach Wigal, is hosting the event in cooperation with the Intel LANFest series and EMU Student Government.

The foundation hopes to raise $15,000 for its various charitable initiatives, including sending gaming equipment to troops overseas and its custom GO-Karts (Gamers Outreach Karts) to hospital patients with limited mobility.

“We’re expecting 400-500 people,” Wigal said. “Ninety percent of people are coming in from Michigan and the Midwest in general, but we have people flying in from New York, Atlanta, San Francisco …
it’s a pretty widely attended event.”

The Gamers for Giving is sponsored by Intel, Astro 343 Industries, Treyarch and other top names in gaming and technology. The latter two companies have donated copies of their most recent titles, “Halo 4” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” for tournament play.

The LANFest “League of Legends” and “Starcraft 2” tournaments as well as LAN party seats are sold out. Seats are still available for the “Halo” and “COD” tournaments—entry fee is $25 per player. Each player must bring his or her own wired Xbox 360 controller.

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