Gamers have a passion for their hobby. But how can that manic enthusiasm be seized, and made to work for good? Matt Winberry has the answer.
Matt is the founder of FTW, a charity devoted to geeks doing good. Their September 1st pre-PAX bacchanal of games, food, and spirits, gaming royalty will benefit, according to Matt, “The Imagine Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital. These guys are, quite literally, a biker gang. They sponsor an annual Children’s Ride event that brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars from the biker community.”
In the same way, Matt hopes that FTW will be able to raise money from the gaming community. On September 1st, gamers will assemble on top of the Columbia Tower, “the highest publicly accessible point west of the Mississippi River.” There, dice will be shaken, tables pounded, and foods consumed. Local Seattle game store Card Kingdom will be running a pop-up game store. The event features superstar game designers like James Ernest, founder of Cheapass Games and designer of Tak. Other game designers will be at the event, eager as beavers to play their game with you. Game companies like Calliope Games will also be present, and gamers will have a chance to play giant versions of both Tsuro and Tak. Cosplay is encouraged but not required, and you know that dressing up like the Karate Kid will make your Facebook feed more interesting. General admission to the event is $84.
Matt has run FTW for five years now. Previous events benefitted Meow Cat Rescue. Matt said they are “a no-kill shelter in nearby Kirkland, Washington. They were wonderful to work with, and they even brought kittens to the events! That’s right, people could take a break from playing games and go to the Kitten Room to play with said felines. They were cute and adorable and everybody loved them.”
His last charity event in the spring raised thousands of dollars for Seattle Children’s Hospital. He said of the event, “I’m always humbled by the level of support the gaming community grants events like this… We look forward to raising money to care for the next generation of gamers.”
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Feature image courtesy of FTW.