Gamers Outreach and ASUS Team Up to Bring Accessible Gaming to Children in Hospitals Nationwide

    Gamers Outreach

    Fremont, California (February 13, 2020) - ASUS today announced its partnership with Gamers Outreach as the organization’s official monitor sponsor for 2020, with ASUS kicking off the sponsorship by supporting displays for 250 GO Karts to be delivered to children in hospitals nationwide. Gamers Outreach is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software through its GO Karts to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals through the power of interactive play. ASUS will also serve as a returning sponsor of the annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser, taking place on March 28-29, 2020 at the EMU Convocation Center, that aims to raise over $700,000 to provide entertainment devices to hospitalized children and their families.

    "This support from ASUS is a massive win for kids and families," said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. "We strive to provide gamers in hospitals with the same quality gaming experiences they know at home. Having access to equipment from ASUS will help us deliver premium content, restoring a sense of normalcy and fun in the lives of patients undergoing treatment."

    GO Karts (Gamers Outreach Kart) are portable, medical-grade video game kiosks equipped with a gaming console, monitor, controllers, and assortment of games. Thanks to GO Karts, healthcare workers can easily manage and provide games to kids who have limited activity options. Currently deployed across more than 200 facilities, Gamers Outreach estimates that its collective fleet can support as much as two million play sessions for children annually. Learn more about Gamers Outreach at https://gamersoutreach.org/.

    “Gamers Outreach and the difference they make for children in hospitals is a truly incredible cause that we’re proud to be a part of,” said Gary Key, Sr. Director of Marketing at ASUS North America. “It is an honor to help serve hospitals, families and children during long-term stays by supporting the delivery of more GO Karts and the positive experiences they provide.”

    Gamers Outreach Supports Healing Through Gaming

    Gamers Outreach Supports Healing Through Gaming

    Founded in 2007, Gamers Outreach started as a group of high school students with a passion for playing video games. A long-time user of ASUS and Republic of Gamers products, founder Zach Wigal and his team built up Gamers Outreach throughout high school and college. After spending six months in 2009 volunteering at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gamers Outreach built its first GO Kart. The first cart was frequently used by Mott’s staff, and kids who were unable to socialize or participate in therapy now had easy access to recreation. Zach and the Gamers Outreach team also witnessed the wide variety of ways video games are used within hospitals as a means to provide relief. Whether it be for distraction, socialization, or even education, there are a range of purposes that games can serve within medical environments.

    The Gamers Outreach organization has since evolved into a community of gaming enthusiasts eager to make a difference for kids in hospitals everywhere through initiatives like GO Karts and events like Gamers for Giving. Since Gamers Outreach’s inception in 2007, the organization has brought GO Karts to over 200 children’s hospitals across North America. Gamers for Giving has also become one of the largest independent LAN parties in North America and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund Gamers Outreach programs year-to-year.

    Gamers for Giving 2020 Returns for 12th Annual Fundraiser

    Gamers for Giving 2020 Returns for 12th Annual Fundraiser

    In celebration of the partnership, ASUS will be a returning sponsor of the annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser, taking place on March 28-29, 2020 at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan. During the course of the weekend, Gamers Outreach is aiming to raise over $700,000 to provide GO Karts to hospitalized children and their families.

    For those interested in getting involved, Gamers for Giving 2020 fundraising has already begun, with campaign in support of the cause organized through the Tiltify platform at the following link: https://tiltify.com/gamersoutreach/gfg2020.

    Learn more about Gamers for Giving 2020 at https://gamersforgiving.org/, and follow Gamers Outreach on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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    Beca Truong
    Public Relations Specialist, North America
    Beca_Truong@asus.com

    About Gamers Outreach

    Founded in 2007, Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals. We aim to inspire and heal patients through the power of interactive play.

    About ASUS

    ASUS is a multinational company known for the world’s best motherboards, PCs, monitors, graphics cards and routers, and driven to become the most-admired innovative leading technology enterprise. With a global workforce that includes more than 5,000 R&D professionals, ASUS leads the industry through cutting-edge design and innovations made to create the most ubiquitous, intelligent, heartfelt and joyful smart life for everyone. Inspired by the In Search of Incredible brand spirit, ASUS won more than 11 prestigious awards every day in 2018 and ranked as one of Forbes’ Global 2000 Top Regarded Companies, Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Global Tech Leaders and Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies.