Video Game Charities Invade PAX East

Saline, MI March 6, 2011—Video game industry charity organizations Gamers Outreach Foundation and the Able Gamers Foundation will be teaming up to host a special panel called "Gamers Doing Good" at the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo in Boston, MA, March 11-13.

Discussing the various ways games can be used to help others, and how gamers themselves can combine their passion for gaming with charitable action, the panel is scheduled to take place on Friday at 5:00 PM in the Cat Theatre. Panelists include Stefanie Shea and Zach Wigal of Gamers Outreach, along with  Mark Barlet, Steve Spohn and Ben Herz of The AbleGamers Foundation. Avery Alix of PopCap Games (moderator) will also be on hand, as well as Christopher "Frost" Sheffield of Radioactive Nerd.

In addition to the panel activities and meeting and greeting supporters, Gamers Outreach Foundation will be bringing its recent fundraising campaign with independent game publisher, Wicked Interactive, to PAX East.

Since December, Wicked Interactive has been working with Gamers Outreach to raise money for a GO Kart for the Dallas Veteran's Hospital. For every new account created in Mission Against Terror, Wicked Interactive is donating $1USD, with all proceeds donated  directly to the construction of a new GO Kart.

Project GO KART is an initiative of Gamers Outreach that funds the construction of portable entertainment kiosks which are used to transport video games and other sources of entertainment to patients who have limited access to activities outside their rooms.

PAX East attendees will find the special Mission Against Terror campaign postcards in their swag bags.

For more information on the "Gamers Doing Good" panel on Friday, March 11, featuring Gamers Outreach's own Zach Wigal and Stefanie Shea, visit: http://gamersoutreach.org/paxeastpanel.

Those of you not attending PAX can still get in on the fun. Just download M.A.T. from the following link to have $1USD donated to GamersOutreach on your behalf: www.subagames.com/distribute.aspx?webid=403987&pageid=6.

  

Set in a near-future not so different from our own time, M.A.T. pits teams against one another in a bitter battle for the survival of the human race. Unanimously hailed for its solid game-play and wide variety of game modes, M.A.T. has taken North America by storm, after becoming quite popular in Asia and other parts of the world. Most recently, M.A.T. launched Occupation Mode, the latest game update which brings hardcore, capture-the-flag-style gameplay and a cache of new weapons and other surprises to the supernaturally-charged shooter. For more information, visit: http://mat.subagames.com.

About Gamers Outreach

Gamers Outreach is a 501©(3) non-profit organization that works to use video games in ways that improve the lives of others. Gamers Outreach builds portable gaming carts for hospitals, send video games to troops overseas, and host online gaming tournaments to raise funds for charity. Gamers Outreach also hosts a competitive gaming tournament in Michigan each year (this year's event is June 18th!) called Gamers for Giving. For more information, please visit: http://www.gamersoutreach.org.

About AbleGamers Foundation

The AbleGamers Foundation is a 501©(3) public charity that runs AbleGamers.com, which provides news, reviews, and advice on disabled technology and the accessibility of mainstream video game titles. As an alternative to Serious Gaming, mainstream video games supply many disabled individuals and veterans with rehabilitation as well as social stimulation in situations where they may otherwise be shut out of“normal everyday life.” For more information, visit: http://www.ablegamers.org.

About Wicked Interactive

Wicked Interactive Ltd. is a video game publisher, founded in 2008, and based in Toronto, Canada -- the tech capital of Ontario. Through its SUBA Games platform, Wicked Interactive plans to create a centralized destination where North American gamers can access a range of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game experiences. The Wicked Interactive Mission is to provide an exciting and robust MMO game experience that is free and enjoyable to everyone. For more info, visit: www.wickedinteractiveltd.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Elaine Beemer

Gamers Outreach Foundation

Director of Special Events&Development

elaine@gamersoutreach.org 


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