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Local Gamers Raise Over $1,900 for a Great Cause

Gamers have the power to do wonderful things. From beating Dark Souls, to giving back to their community in a spectacular way, the video game community is growing and that means their ability to give back is expanding as well.

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The Long Island video game community came together to host an event called United We Game: For Jacksonville. Its goal was to raise money for the victims of the Madden tournament shooting and it was a glowing success. MT Summit Gaming, a Long Island eSports event organizer that hosts community orientated tournaments all around the island saw this tragedy and couldn’t sit by and do nothing. So they sprang into action, contacting a host of small businesses around Long Island and asked them to contribute in their own way.

MT Summit Gaming Takes Community Seriously

All tallied up, United We Game: For Jacksonville brought in over $1,900 and donated it to EA’s Public Fund which the company set up to help those impacted by the horrific event. None of the hosts pocketed a dime of the income. Every cent of profit went directly to the charity. People offered their time, equipment, and expertise at no cost, all to raise money for individuals they’ve never met. This just highlights the comradery that can be found all throughout the video game community.

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Joe Marchese-Schmitt President and CEO of MT Summit was asked: What gave you the idea to put this event together?

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while. The video game community, generally speaking, can be kind of fractured and we’ve been trying to think of ways to unite people for a while. “

“[The tragedy] hit particularly close to home for us, we run events like that all the time. With everything bad happening, we had to do something about it and we couldn’t let this pass us by, we wouldn’t have let ourselves live that down. We thought that if there was a chance to get people together, this was it.”

“Hopefully this event today goes the extra mile, not just in raising money for the families and the people that unfortunately passed away and for the people that were injured, but the goal today is also to show the world and remind the video game community that we are one cohesive united community that will stand together when tragedy hits.” 

Collaborating Long Island Small Businesses

United We Game: For Jacksonville wasn’t just an unbelievable cause, it showed that small businesses have the power to do a lot of good. When these local businesses come together and collaborate, they can have a nationwide impact. MT Summit Gaming realized that if they brought together companies that would normally be competing and offered them all a chance to do give back, something amazing would happen. That became a reality after the results of United We Game: For Jacksonville were realized.

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All of the companies listed below gave their time to make sure this event met a certain standard. Every piece of equipment, all the effort, and every second spent advertising and hosting brackets for no profit proves that this community will stand together through any hurdle that presents itself. 

To find out more about them, be sure to click through and see what else makes these companies special besides them giving their time to this cause.

Aon Gaming

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What made you want to be a part of this?

“[MT Summit] reached out to me and it’s for a great cause. I like games and so, of course, it’s a pretty natural thing. We wanted to bring our all” Michael LaBombard, owner of Aon Gaming stated.

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Long Island Retro Gaming

Why did Long Island Retro Gaming want to be involved today?

Chris aka Dbus explained, “This whole situation, you know what it is, it sucks. I wish I had better verbiage for it but I don’t. It’s unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that stuff like this keeps happening and I’m glad that all the different communities on Long Island, Long Island Retro and everybody else came together to toss this together and do something good.”

“At the end of the day, we have Tetris Grand Finals going on right now and obviously, there’s going to be a winner and there’s going to be a loser. But watching people play and have a good time is what’s it about.”

Find Long Island Retro Gaming on Facebook, Twitter, and their Website!

 

ESPORTS LONG ISLAND and Extra Life NYC & LI Guild

What does ESPORTS LONG ISLAND do exactly, for those that might not know?

“We’ve been putting on free tournaments for the local community and Nassau and Suffolk County. I enjoy putting on events and bringing a community that would normally be at home, together and give them a platform to meet other people in the area who play the same game who they never met before.” Mike Harris said. 

Find ESPORTS LONG ISLAND on Facebook, IG, and Twitter!

You said you also said you work closely with Extra Life. How does that work?

Harris continued to explain his role for the Extra Life BYC & LI Guild, “I’m the president of the Extra Life NYC & LI Guild. On a national level, Extra Life supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is Cohen Children’s Medical Center. My responsibility is to build a local group of ambassadors who promote Extra Life and get other people involved to fundraise for our local hospital.”

“We go to a lot of Cons and different events in the area to promote and then we also do a lot of events at the hospital with the kids.”

Find out more about Extra Life NYC & LI Guild on their Website, Twitter, and follow them on Instagram!

 

Waypoint Gaming

Speaking with Eric Marinaccio, COO for Waypoint Gaming, Gigamax Games asked a couple of questions to learn more about the company and their contribution.

Waypoint Gaming has only been open for about 4 months but have you done charity before?

“We haven’t done anything to this scale. We do have a lot of things planned to do other charities. We are working with Extra Life to get some stuff together.” Marinaccio explained.

How did you guys get involved with this event?

He continued, “Especially for this, the Madden community holds a special place in our heart. We do have a Madden player and when it first happened, a lot of people in the community were scared because they thought he was there. I knew he wasn’t able to go but the community started going crazy trying to find him. So, we wanted to give something back. We wanted to prove that it doesn’t matter what facet of gaming you’re in, you want to work together and prove that the gaming community isn’t all these little alcoves, we’re all the same.”

Learn more about Waypoint Gaming on their Website, Facebook page, and Twitter!

 

GenGAME

Has GenGAME taken part in charities like this before? 

“Over the course of our charitable involvement, we’ve at least raised over $10,000 for charity. For this event, in particular, we felt this was great to kind of bring everyone together and just throw a great event and raise some good money for the folks who really need it right now,” said Trevor Magnani from GenGAME.

This company has so much more to share with the Long Island gaming community. See what else they have to offer on their Website, Facebook, and Twitter!

 

Extra Life

Extra Life Volunteer, Jerelyn Zontini helped the Gigamax Games crew learn more about this charitable organization and what these events mean to her. 

How many of these kinds of events do you attend a year?

“Depending on the time of the year and the scope of the event, we will try to get to as many gaming events in the Long Island community. I got involved about 5 years ago. Being an event planner and community manager and seeing the surge and the excitement and the impact that eSports and gaming, to see it kind of surge and what it’s become, it’s wonderful to see here on Long Island that the community does come together for fun, for laughter for tears for competition, but that’s being a part of a community.”

There is a competitive nature in gaming, there’s going to be a winner. But once they’re behind the screen, it’s what they love to do. It’s almost beyond a sense of competition at that point. Do you see that a lot? Where it’s mostly comradery?

“Speaking as a volunteer for Extra Life, knowing that the proceeds of volunteering or gaming and the funds that are raised are going to the one Children’s Miracle Network Hospital on Long Island, and to see these people come together and sign up and want to raise funds for this not-for-profit, they’re directly impacting, not only their love of gaming but they might not realize it, they’re impacting the hospital on Long Island whose funds are given strictly for some programs, going directly back to the hospital. [Gamers] can see the difference that their fun and their fundraising is going.”

See how to get involved and start giving back with Extra Life by visiting their Website, Twitter, or Instagram page

 

Virtual Realms

Virtual Realms brought out two stunning VR setups and invited people to play a variety of games for free, all day. There was even a Beat Saber bracket where gamers slashed their way through fire beats to take home the title as Beat Saber champion while also giving back to the gaming community. This company created a place on Long Island for gamers to experience the latest VR gaming technology, host parties and overall just have an amazing time.

 

Small Businesses and Local Vendors

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Besides the companies that hosted brackets, free plays, and donated equipment, there were other small businesses that came to show support. They shared their art, creativity, and products with the crowd to elevate the entire experience. Take a few minutes and find out more about these talented artists, creators, and organizations. 

Video Game Community is Unique and Beautiful

There is one community in particular that made this event possible and without them, United We Game: For Jacksonville wouldn’t be able to raise any money at all. Gamers, competitors, and spectators are the life-blood of video game tournaments. Long Island gamers came out in a big way, competing and cheering on their favorite gamers, and their presence supported the competition and entire cause. Without the support of all the gamers that attended, it would have been impossible to raise this money.

It was heartwarming to see and speak to the incredible people that put this event together. Sometimes, gamers forget that they are a part of a community, especially one that is becoming more powerful by the day. Competing companies and gamers put their differences aside on that day to give back to the community in an amazing way.

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MT Summit Gaming: Local eSports & The People Behind It

MT Summit Gaming: Local eSports & The People Behind It

Gamers are a special breed. They put their time and effort into their craft and break down any barrier in their way. Gathering achievements in the games play and out in real life, Mid Tier Summit Gaming, also known as MT Summit, is an organization stands as an inspiration to anyone interested in the video game industry. Hosting tournaments that range from Super Smash Bros to Dragon Ball FighterZ, this Long Island, NY based company is doing something amazing for the gaming community. Bringing together different competitors of all skills levels, the tournaments they host are focused on bringing the community up, together.

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A New Take On Competitive Gaming

Mid Tier Summit recently hosted the College Pro Tour. Gigamax Games was on location and spoke with both competitors and the driven individuals behind this eSports organization. It was amazing to learn about the gamers taking part in the tournament and the people that founded Mid Tier Summit.

Find the interviews with the gamers that took part in MT Summit Gamings, College Pro Tour!

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Organizations like MT Summit are the embodiment of what can happen when gamers come together to accomplish a goal. Turning that idea or dream into something bigger is possible, no matter where someone is from or what they’re doing today. Gigamax Games sat down with many of the founding members to learn more about how this company was brought into existence and what was the driving force behind it all.

Interviews and New Friends

Gigs and Mack caught up with Chris, the CFO for MT Summit and wanted to see what drove him to play a part in helping build up the gaming community around Long Island, “I’m shy, [MT Summit] gave me the opportunity to branch out and gaming was a great platform because I felt comfortable with it. Other people who may or may not be shy can get into something that seems very scary, like competing. When I first started, my goal was to come in as a little bit of the money man. My intentions were to do something different that I’ve never done before. My goal is to reach people.”

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Even though Chris primarily plays shooters and doesn’t compete in fighting tournaments, he found a way to get involved in the community he loves. There’s no right or wrong way to play a part in the video game industry and there’s a place for everybody.

Born Leader

Taking a second to escape the crowd, the Gigamax crew sat down with Joe, CEO of MT Summit and Tim, Creative Lead. Joe was asked how he found himself leading the organization and gave a surprising response, “Alex reached out to me, while I was still at the University of Virginia and asked if I wanted to help work on [MT Summit] and I said, no I don’t. That ended that for a while. I kinda came back to it later and was like, you know what, it could be fun. I’ve played video games my entire life and gaming is definitely a growing industry.”

Joe continues, “My initial hesitation was that I’m a public policy guy and I was getting my masters degree and when he asked me I was in the middle of writing my thesis. I realized as things were winding down that I had some free time, and this could be something really cool. “ A natural born leader, Joe had the unique ability to step into a leadership role. Again, this is a prime example of an individual that loves gaming and has his own unique set of skills finding his spot within the amazing gaming community. It was fascinating to learn about how Joe got involved and goes to show no one knows what tomorrow can bring.

The Creative Vision

Tim, Creative Lead is responsible for all the branding materials that come out of MT Summit. He too had an interesting journey that led him to take a vital seat within the organization. “Alex kinda approached me one day when we were hanging out and said, hey Tim you do all this art stuff right, and he showed me logos they were working on. Fortunately, they weren’t spending too much money on it. What ultimately wound up happening was that I said, give me 5 minutes and I’m going to make a quick rough sketch. At first, all I was there to do was to set up the branding and logos, evenly I was asked if I wanted to be a part of [MT Summit].”

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Now, Tim holds a critical role in MT Summit. All the posters, merchandise, and anything else with graphics, Tim is the one that puts it all together. An artist at heart, he found a way to turn that talent into means of being enveloped by the gaming community that’s so close to his heart.

Inspired and Determined

The one with the initial vision to bring MT Summit into existence was, Alex. With aspirations of one day being a professional eSports competitor, a master at fighting games in his own right, he saw an opportunity to do what he loves but in a different way. Alex is the main tournament organizer, in charge of the brackets and getting players involved. “I participated in a tournament called Defend the North and there weren’t any tournaments like this back at home. That was last year around February.”

This realization eventually lead him to come up with the vision for MT Summit Gaming. But first, there were obstacles he needed to overcome. “I need[ed] people that were reliable enough to help me start this.” Eventually, he went on to cultivate the amazing team he’s working with today. One at a time, he connected the dots with help from the team and formed the MT Summit we see today.

It was clear he had a passion for what MT Summit stood for. Every word was sincere, and there was no doubt he was giving his all to bring this organization to new heights. “It’s honestly amazing, this whole process has been amazing.”

Even with this passion, there were still lessons Alex was learning. [One of the main challenges was] “understanding this position more, as a tournament organizer there are still things I don’t know. I’m self-taught” To continue learning, Alex faced these challenges head-on with his incredible team. Speaking with other event organizers around Long Island, collaboration played a large role in his education and has proven to be incredibly beneficial as the College Pro Tour came together in a spectacular way.

Final Thoughts

This story should be an inspiration to anyone that wants to get involved in the gaming community. Years of experience is a plus but drive, determination, and a willingness to learn will pay off in success.

Each one of these individuals had a very different story and took a unique path that led them to the door of MT Summit Gaming. The brainchild of Alex, he went on to find a reliable group of like-minded people with a shared dream to accomplish a spectacular goal. They’ve already reached some impressive milestones within the Long Island gaming community and it’s just the beginning.

There is so much more to the story behind MT Summit Gaming. This is not just the beginning of their journey, but the start of a fascinating story. To learn more about MT Summit, be sure to check out their Facebook page. If you want to find out more about the team, there’s no substitute for attending one of their events in person.

Special thanks to MT Summit Gaming for inviting the Gigamax Games crew out to Long Island for this impressive event. Be sure to check back again soon for even more updates on local eSports tournaments and the entire video game industry.

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MT Summit Gaming: Jabs and Frags

MT Summit Gaming: Jabs and Frags

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This weekend marks another incredible local eSports event hosted by MT Summit Gaming. It’s happening this weekend, January 20th and it’s a little different from their past events. Called Jabs and Frags Tandem Tournament, both tournaments for Street Fighter V and Call of Duty World War II will be taking place simultaneously. 

The two-part event will be a place for local gamers from two very different communities to join up and meet like-minded people in a friendly, competitive environment.

Location and Sign Up

Saturday, the doors open at 4:00pm at the Cradle of Aviation Museum located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, New York 11530. Tickets are available for both spectators and competitors. If you’re serious about being a competitor, take a look at the rules and regulations for both the Call of Duty: WWII and Street Fighter V tournaments.

First Place Prizes

With some huge prizes on the line, things are sure to heat up once the action begins. There are two tournaments taking place at the same time so that means double the prizes and excitement.

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Street Fighter V

First place takes home…

  • Qanba Obsidian Fight Stick
  • Copy of DragonBall FighterZ for the console of your choice
Call of Duty: WWII

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First place team takes home…

  • $200 in gift cards
  • 4 Nubwo N2 Gaming Headsets

Raffle Prizes

The hosts are putting on one exciting raffle as well! Below is just a preview of the raffle prizes Gigamax Games will be bringing. MT Summit Gaming still has so much more to offer!

Prize Pack 1: Funko Call of Duty John “SOAP” Pop Games Figure and a $50 Amazon gift card.

Prize Pack 2: Funko Street Fighter Blanka Pop Games Figure and a $50 Amazon gift card.

SPECIAL PRIZE: The Super NES Classic!

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Find more information about MT Summit Gaming and their upcoming event Jabs and Frags on Facebook

MT Summit Gaming runs their events a little different from other eSports organizations. The entire production is focused on creating the best possible experience for the gamers and spectators. Jabs and Frags has a particular surprise in store that will make competitors feel as though they’re competing on a global scale. MT Summit Gaming ensures that these events are friendly while also remaining competitive. They are masters at what they do and the tournaments they’ve been hosting continue to leave their mark on the local eSports community.

Don’t forget to stop by the MT Summit Gaming page on Gigamax Games.

Be sure to check back after the event for interviews with the tournament winners and exclusive behind the seans shots from Jabs and Frags!

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