San Francisco, California – October 25, 2012 –  Helloooo, San Francisco! Ümloud!, the Bay Area’s biggest annual non-profit gaming fundraiser, today officially announced that Tim Schafer, gaming industry giant and renowned rock god, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for its 4 th annual event. Benefiting Child’s Play, a gamer-targeted charity that supports children’s hospitals around the world, Ümloud! returns to San Francisco’s DNA Lounge Thursday, December 6, for an encore engagement of  raucous  Rock Band 3 performance and ’tis-the-season celebration.

Raising the whammy bar on this year’s proceedings, the great Tim Schafer will lead the evening’s activities. Celebrated for  Psychonauts, beloved for  Brütal Legend, feted for  Grim Fandango, and founder of San Francisco-based Double Fine Productions, Schafer will lend his signature wit to the festivities, introducing each of the dozens of participating bands that will perform, playing  Rock Band 3 set lists and peripherals. 

“Everyone knows gamers have big hearts—and that’s not just because of the sedentary lives many of us live,” says Tim Schafer, President and CEO of Double Fine Productions. “It’s because we understand the value of community, of giving back, and Ümloud! is the perfect way to have a rockin’ evening while supporting Child Play’s noble efforts in taking care of the next generation of gamers.” 

Advanced tickets are available at  Additionally, the fundraising race is on, with bands “French KISS” and “Forever Alone, Together” competing to earn the headlining slot by raising the most money. To take part in the show and become an Ümloud! band, visit and reserve a space for $200; only three of these coveted band packages remain. Participating acts will receive entry to Ümloud! for the entire band and ten of their biggest fans. As well as a stupendous swag bag of donated goods and photographic evidence of your night of stardom, bands will share in the rare honor of being introduced by Master of Ceremonies, Tim Schafer! 

“We are thrilled to have none other than Tim Schafer as our honorary MC for this year’s Ümloud!,” said Joe Markert, Chief Operating Officer of Ümloud!. “No one embodies the spirit of fun and giving that is the core of the event better than Tim. Plus, we have a feeling there may be a few Tim Schafer groupies out there that will be glad to hear the news!”


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