H1z1 King of the Kill
Gaming Gives is now looking at sponsoring three different H1Z1 teams and creating a large H1Z1 competitive community. Gaming Gives sees this community growing exponentially and wants to a part of this community.
Our sponsored teams are expected to participate in the scrim lobbies setup through https://chickendinnershow.com/. So before applying please be sure to read the rules and details of their scrims.
We are looking at sponsoring three teams but are open to more. The sponsorship starts with players getting personalized stream overlays, AVIs, and headers. Then the better your team does, the more willing we are to put your team into events.
Gaming Gives goal with sponsoring H1 players and teams is to get our community more notoriety and give players that are overlooked in the community a chance to get sponsored and prove themselves.
We currently have one team full.
GG Black consists of:
More info on GG Black coming soon.
If you are interested in being a sponsored H1Z1 team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following.
Roster: Max (6)
What makes your team a good candidate for Gaming Gives?
Every player's Twitter Handle.
Twitch usernames (if applicable)
Team Clips (not necessary but recommended)
Team goals for the future.
Best of luck to all teams! We look forward to working with our community. If you have any questions or concerns please either email or tweet us.
Sponsorships for other games coming soon.
I got asked by an Entrepreneurship student about being interviewed for her project. I thought it would be interesting for you guys to see some behind the scenes action, see exactly how Gaming Gives functioned in the beginning, and my advice for if you are looking to start up anything of your own. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions be sure to tweet them at me @FurnyBaby.
What worried you the most as you started your venture?
Honestly, I did not expect us to get this big. Originally the idea that we came up with at the lunch table one day was just a few of us having our game consoles up and having people come for simple little tournaments to be able to make small yearly contributions from our group of friends. After we got the Gaming Gives name though, I would say that disappointing our players has always been my biggest fear. We do our best with a very small budget and provide players with a professional experience. We cut a lot of corners but make sure we hit key things that players want to see and that is what makes the Gaming Gives experience.
What excited you most about starting this venture?
Being able to do what I love. Don’t get me wrong I love donating to the charities, it makes doing what I love to do so much better and it is the ultimate goal. However, at the beginning I had a vision and the fact that I had a crew willing to help chase that vision is incredible. When I was in high school I was always more interested in the behind the scenes of larger events than the events themselves. I became obsessed with the planning stage of different events.
What resources did you use to start? Where did they come from?
I still consider the stage that we are in currently the “start” in the grand scheme of things. So resources wise my main thing that I need is my team. Consisting at first of just 4 close, motivated friends we expanded to a larger group of friends, then now I actually have two previous players volunteering their time for Gaming Gives. My team is so important because all in all I can’t get everything that we need donated and they help immensely getting TV’s, consoles, cords, and other little things that aren’t usually thought of until setup. Along with that they bring unique, valued ideas to the table that help move the organization along to raise even more money. They also tend to make sure that I eat and take breaks during the setup and execution because I usually forget about those things.
What moments do you remember most?
Our first Winter tournament had our first participant that was not known by any of the staff members. It was a huge moment to have a total stranger participate in the event. That event overall is one of the greatest memories as it featured our first commentated, professionally broadcasted live-stream. It was the first of many elaborate setups. From there the next greatest moment would have to be our second Call of Duty tournament. It was our most elaborate Summer 2016 setup, had the most consoles ever in an event, our highest attended gaming tournament at the time, featured 10-20 people that we did not know, and we had our first event sponsors T-Mobile and the US Army. Then our most recent tournament will probably be the event that I think back to in ten years. The event was magical and, to be honest, a pure miracle that it happened. This event was featured all over Central Illinois news stations and had our first out of state players, our first out of country players, most consoles ever, and overall the most elaborate setup we could possibly have.
Who helped you along the way?
Like I said in another question I could not of done any of this without my team of volunteers. I owe a lot of this organizations success to them. Outside of Gaming Gives thought my parents helped me many times throughout the journey. I would run ideas by them as they came to me and would help if I asked them. They were always there to support me. Limestone Community High School, where I graduated in 2015, was also a huge help. They provide us the venue and let us borrow many essential cords that would normally cost us a fortune, for free. One that may come as a surprise though is the charity that we donate to, the Pediatric Resource Center. The PRC keeps close tabs on us to see how we are doing and how they can help. Stephanie Johnson, the Executive Director at the PRC, always helps us with our flyers and anything we need printed. They’re awesome and we are so happy to be working with them.
How do you describe yourself to others?
Not sure if the question is asking about myself or Gaming Gives so I’ll do both.
I am the Founder of Gaming Gives Events and the Head of Event Operations. Basically, being in charge of event operations means that I oversee the planning of every aspect of the event. Currently, I do a lot of the nitty-gritty planning on my own, but now that we have many events under our belts my guys know for the most part the details of a basic setup. Now I have my exec. Board run different areas of the event and they report their issues to me. The main thing that I focus on now is online player registration and player retainment. Personally, outside of Gaming Gives I would describe myself as a motivated learner and mentor. I love learning about something new and teaching it to others. This has helped me train my volunteers. I am always curious about how things work and I think that has helped Gaming Gives immensely.
Gaming Gives is a charitable organization that raises money, currently only for the Pediatric Resource Center, by running various events. Mainly we run gaming or gaming-related events, but are branching out into other areas. We take pride in providing a professional experience to our players from the moment they find out about an event to when they leave the venue after the event. We work really hard to be a resource within the gaming community to support our players and get them more known in a very competitive community.
What advice do you have for me as a student of entrepreneurship?
I’m not going to give you the stereotypical “follow your dreams” crap. Sometimes your dreams are stupid. When you are doing this you need to be smart with every decision you make. So the advice that I would give a student entrepreneur is very simple.
1.Learn how to do stuff yourself.
This is the most important thing anyone can every tell you in life or in this area. Learn how to work a website, make basic repairs on things, and work-arounds for various things. This will save you a lot of precious startup money. In this age, you can learn anything in a week or at least have a basic enough understanding to pass. For example, doing all of Gaming Gives website work saves thousands of web designer fees. I also do all of Gaming Gives designing. This saves on hiring a graphic designer and someone with marketing experience. These are all really common things that small businesses will outsource when anyone can learn a basic understanding of all of this in a week.
2. Research. Research. Research.
Take your time on your initial start up purchases. Take into account every little detail and do not jump on the first one with a price tag. I have been able to donate a lot more money due to the fact that I plan way ahead and will spend the time between now and when I need whatever it is watching prices and keeping updated on other things in that area.
3. T – E – A – M
You will achieve nothing alone in this industry. If you are alone, then if you are good and lucky, you will eventually be overwhelmed. Having a solid team is not an expense. They are all assets with the potential to have the next amazing idea. I cannot stress this enough. I’ll be the first to say that in Gaming Gives nothing would be able to happen without each and every one of my team members. I could plan 95% of the event, have 99% of the stuff that we need, and have 98% of the ideas but without them filling in even the smallest of blanks, nothing can happen. To make anything work 100% of everything has to work and to do that you need a team.
Thanks for reading guys. Once again if you have any questions be sure to ask me on Twitter!
Founder of Gaming Gives Events
Head of Event Operations at Gaming Gives
First off, I wanted to start this message by saying thank you. Thank you in believing in us to bring you an amazing experience. Thank you for traveling to play for the kids. Thank you for being such amazing, sportsman-like competitors.
On December 28th, 2016, something magical happened in central Illinois. Something that has never touched Peoria before. Gaming Gives hosted not only the largest video game tournament in central Illinois but also the largest Charitable Competitive Video Game Tournament in Illinois. We did something as a team that two years ago was just a dream. I would even go as far to say that even 5 months ago this was a dream. To some of you, you were coming for your first LAN experience or just to compete. For me, this was a huge task for an amazing charity that a lot of people looked at as something that could not be done by a group of teenagers. The task of getting gamers from all over the country to come and play for a cause was something that was unheard of in this area and you guys did not let me down. You guys, literally the greatest of the competitive community, rallied to get people to our event. You did not let up even when it was coming down to the last few days and we needed a few more teams. You guys made this happen. You guys made this event a success for us.
Then just as quickly as it came it had ended. The huge, impossible task was complete but that did not stop you guys, our community. You took to social media sites like Twitter and Youtube and talked about the event and your experiences there. You talked about the professionalism of the event for how small we were and how you would come back in a heartbeat. So let me give you the statistics of what has happened with Gaming Gives since the event. You guys deserve it.
Gaming Gives Twitter Growth
October: Posted first tweet.
February: Event is completed
Growth made possible by our amazing community: 1300
(We had 3250 unique viewers view the live stream of the event.)
Now finally #GGPeoria raised our goal of $1000 for the Pediatric Resource Center. I cannot thank you enough for your amazing support. So, in return, I am going to just continue bringing you guys quality events during the Summer of 2017. Stay tuned for more incredible events and know that you were a part of something truly amazing.
Founder of Gaming Gives Events
Head of Event Operations at Gaming Gives
Gaming Gives is pleased to officially release the talent for #GGPeoria. These guys will be commentating, analyzing, and interviewing #GGPeoria players. Gaming Gives staff and represented charities wants to thank them all for coming out to this event on their own dime. Without generous volunteers like themselves and Gaming Gives staff we could not raise as much money as we do for the kids. Now lets get to know the casters.
I first started playing Call of Duty back in Call of Duty 3, I didn't watch/play competitively till Modern Warfare. I was super young at the time so chances of me truly doing anything was slim. In World at War, I was one of the top ranked players on Gamebattles. After World at War finished, I didn't play as much or watch until Black Ops 2, when it came about, I had just discovered that play-by-play casting existed. I never really wanted to cast, it just sort of happened, I really wanted to be a journalist inside of eSports, but hey I'm not complaining. I've been casting for four years now, and don't plan on stopping any time soon. I'm looking forward to casting this LAN because of what it's doing for others, I'm happy I can help somebody out in some way, it feels good man.
At a young age I had quickly found an interest in sports, I played sports, specifically basketball, all the way up into College. However, my interest and love of competition began to change. I wanted to know as much information as I could on every little detail. During that time I found myself listening to sports commentators such as Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan, & Bob Costas. I was lucky enough to get my first casting opportunity around December during Advanced Warfare. I immediately wanted to get better & tried to learn every single thing I could & have been obsessed with casting ever since. This is my first event casting with Gaming Gives & can’t wait to be apart of it.
Working in E-Sports is a dream come true for me. Casting for 3 years and only making 300 dollars and sleeping on hotel floors only for the love I had for commentating was tough. I gave up everything to finally be where I am today and there is so much more that needs to be accomplished. Working for UMG and having E-Sports as an official job for me is everything I could have asked for. Success is never owned, the rent is due everyday.
Tonight, Gaming Gives hosted their first official Online Tournament after taking a break for their Summer LAN Events. With new website infrastructure, a supportive staff, and an awesome fan base we are hoping to continue Online Events on many consoles and many games.
In tonight's round robin tournament, the stream witnessed some great, old-fashioned, standard dubs SND. After watching four matches and having some fun in some pickup games with players our victors were clear! Team Thy Gods took a 3-0 victory in the round robin tournament. Thy God player Exzires The God gave an excellent example of how to play on Breach, dropping 10 kills in their 6-2 victory against Forum Esports. Great job tonight to Team Thy Gods consisting of Knightt (@Knlghtt) and Exzires The God (@exzrs) be sure to give them a follow on Twitter! Thanks to everyone who came out and played tonight! Here is a highlight reel from the stream!
The full stream can be found HERE for the next few days.
Gaming Gives CEO/Owner
Gaming Gives: The Merge
Hello, my new players, you all do not know me or my staff at the moment and some may even be hesitant of this merge. I assure you though this was done with you all, the players, in mind. My name is Evan and I am the owner/operator of Gaming Gives Events. I started Gaming Gives two years ago with some friends as more of a dream than a reality. Now two years and 10 LAN Events later I can honestly say this is one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my life. Now enough with the mushy stuff. Here is the plan, at Gaming Gives we mainly focus on bringing players LAN events. These, however, are not your typical LAN events. We take pride in bringing players in the Midwest high-quality, professional like tournaments to casual and competitive gamers alike. Our events are streamed, casted, staffed, and played on stage and under the spotlights in a theatre. Except our uniqueness does not end there. We also donate most of the proceeds to charities. Now when I say most I am saying in 2015 we donated 95% of what we brought in to Easter Seals Disability Services. That means we ran all of 2015 on only 5% expenses. We do this through our amazing staff of 11 talented, hardworking individuals that have the same passion: Video Games and Charities. So I hope you all stick around and enjoy the fun we are bringing you. PYT is sticking around and will be our Online Events Coordinator. I have put my trust in him to keep running amazing events and I hope with the addition of myself and my staff his events will only get better. I look forward to you all switching to the #GreatnessSquad as we look to raise money to help children. If you're not playing for yourself or your team #DoItForTheKids because that is why I am here. Thanks guys, if you need to be in contact with me about anything; whether it be ideas you have, questions or concerns, feel free to email me at email@example.com
Gaming Gives Owner/Operator