SAN FRANCISCO - May 7, 2012 - Grantoo, a social gaming platform that brings college students and companies together in a socially responsible world of gaming, today announced its platform is now open to all college students with a “.edu” email address. Partnering with Grooveshark, the largest internationally available music streaming and discovery service, Grantoo is hosting a nationwide online gaming tournament, giving every student a chance to play against each other to win tuition grants and donate to charity.
Previously, Grantoo‘s tournaments were only open to a select 40 schools including Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and USC. Students spend an average of 45 minutes on the platform competing in each tournament.
The Grooveshark-sponsored tournament kicks off today and lasts until May 14 th. Grooveshark is donating a total of $5,000 to help college students pay their tuition bills and donate to charities including: Pencils of Promise and Engineers Without Borders. $2,000 will be awarded to the winner on May 7 th and $500 to the winners each day thereafter. Because Grantoo stands by the importance of giving back, every winner pledges to donate at least 10% of their winnings to a charity of their choice.
These company-sponsored tournaments have shown just how charitable today’s college students are. Although students are asked to pledge a minimum of 10% of their winnings to charity, winners so far are donating an average of 35% to charity with one student from Berkeley donating 100% of their winnings to Partners in Health.
“Grantoo offers social gaming for good, where together we are working toward solving real-world problems. Both companies and students can actually see the impact of their sponsorship and playing time; our brand sponsors are helping students pay for college and students are donating to a charity they care about,” said Dimitri Sillam, co-founder of Grantoo.
Grantoo is also adding some new features for its all-campus launch. Students can now chat within the platform as they play in the tournaments to connect with friends and meet new people.
Any college student with a “.edu” email address can sign up to play Grantoo’s games and participate in weekly tournaments by visiting http://grantoo.org/Account/Register.
Grantoo is a free social gaming platform where college students play casual games to win tuition grants and donate to charity. Grantoo partners with national brands that sponsor gaming tournaments to help college students and the causes they care about. The platform helps businesses connect with the college student demographic and better showcase their corporate giving. Grantoo was founded in September 2011 and is based in San Francisco, CA. Students can “play” their tuition bills and learn more information at www.grantoo.org