Local LAN group hosts all night gaming party to benefit charity this weekend

Gaming, PC
Image courtesy of DESERTBASH.
Image courtesy of DESERTBASH.

Playing video games all night can definitely be fun, but one local group is making it even better by helping out a charity whilst doing so. DESERTBASH, a local area network (LAN) gaming group, is planning to host a LAN party this Friday in Mesa with all proceeds going to the Child’s Play charity.

The all-night gaming party is set to kick off this Friday at Howie’s Game Shack in Mesa at 4 p.m. and run until 4 a.m. Entry costs $20, all of which DESERTBASH promises will go to Child’s Play, and attendees are not required to bring their own PC to game on as all equipment will be provided on site.

The action will apparently go beyond idly gaming all night. The group plans to host several tournaments throughout the night for games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and even Minecraft. Attendees and competitors will have shots at prizes including PC gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, controllers, components and much more.

The Friday LAN party is apparently capped at 60 seats, with reportedly 15 spots open at time of writing this post. For more information on the activities and to secure a seat, visit the DESERTBASH event page.

This event is one of several recently hosted by DESERTBASH, as the group is returning from a brief hiatus taken in 2012. Their last small LAN party reportedly raised $800 for Child’s Play, a charity that supplies video games and toys for sick children in hospitals or therapy centers. The group has reportedly raised over $40,000 for the charity to date.

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Christen BejarChristen Bejar is a freelance gaming writer who started the local blog The Pause Button while studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For Nerdvana, Bejar reviews video games and also previews, recaps and photographs many local events from a gamer's perspective.