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PhiLANthropy Charity Gamefest :: Presented by Tespa East
Sat, Mar 12, 2016, 10:00 AM – Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 10:00 PM EST
The Tespa East Region is proud to be hosting PhiLANthropy, an intercollegiate charity LAN event driven by and for the collegiate gaming communities.
March 12 - 13, 2016 at the Harvard Science Center (1 Oxford St, MA, 02138)
To all registered attendees: Please note our venue location remains at Harvard University but the specific building has changed from Harvard Northwest Building (52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA, 02138) to Harvard Science Center.
We are partnered with Blizzard Entertainment and Tespa, the largest network of collegiate gaming and esports organizations in the world, with chapters throughout North America.
This event is the first event of its kind. PhiLANthropy is part of Tespa's Regional Event Challenge (REC) that challenges collegiate leaders to come together to create an extraordinary collegiate gaming event. More about the REC can be found here.
Proceeds from this event will support the Boston Children's Hospital through the Extra Life charity foundation.
If you are a Tespa member located outside of Boston, please consider filling out the Transportation Reimbursement Form for the opportunity to have Tespa reimburse your chapter's travel costs!
Saturday (3/12): 10 AM - 1 AM
Sunday (3/13): 10 AM - 10 PM
Free entry to any of the tournaments with a purchase of a corresponding event ticket! However, you may only sign up for 1 tournament *excluding entering both Smash for Wii U and Street Fighter V*. All of the events will be kicking off at 2pm, besides Smash for Wii U, which will begin at 5pm. We will be giving out more than $3,000 in prize money!
Console game tournaments (Sm4sh, Melee, and SFV) will be Saturday-only; the rest of the tournaments span both Saturday and Sunday of the event.
- League of Legends
- Heroes of the Storm
- Sm4sh (Smash for Wii U)
- Smash Melee
- DOTA 2
- Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void
- Street Fighter V
Full tournament rules for the respective games' information, brackets, and scheduling can be found on our Battlefy page.
Sponsorship & Guest Information:
Sponsors for PhiLANthropy include:
Diamond Level: Tespa
Gold Level: Soylent, SteelSeries
Silver Level: Monster Energy
Bronze Level: Das Keyboard, BenQ, Chase & Co. Collars
- Former pro League of Legends player Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis
- Dan Dez, indie developer of OBEY
- Chris Sheldon-Dante, indie developer of Descendants: Voidborne
- Scott Richards, indie developer of Talon
- Speedrunners Scott "xem92" Kuva & Jerry "JerKro" Kroboth
Panels are free to attend and will feature notable and local gamers, developers, and professionals in the gaming industry.
Saturday, 12 PM - 2 PM
Get an inside look at the art of speedrunning with two speedrunners who participated in the most recent AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) event! They will share their experiences, provide insider tips, and even give you the chance to try a speedrun of your own! (BYOC)
The Growing Influence of Tabletop Gaming on Video Games
Saturday, 3 - 5 PM
Chris Sheldon-Dante, indie developer of Descendants: Voidborne
Join indie developer Chris Sheldon-Dante (Descendants: Voidborne) as he talks about how video games can benefit by adopting design principles from the tabletop community. We will discuss a variety of tabletop mechanics and look at how better design can lead to more satisfying matches for everyone. Some topics we will touch on are; self-balancing with negative feedback loops, how permutation driven variation can increase replay-ability, and how indirect competition can be used to keep losing players engaged. We will look at examples of tabletop and videogames that have successfully and unsuccessfully applied these principles. Finally, we will shift focus to look at the design behind Voidborne and a discussion of what the future of strategy games might look like.
Sunday, 2 - 4 PM
Dan Dez, indie developer of OBEY
Interested in indie games? Come learn about OBEY from the indie game's developer, Dan Dez. "OBEY is an asymmetrical multiplayer game. We've all played games where you send commands to teammates or AI units. OBEY instead puts you in the position to command your enemies (human opponents), and to be commanded by them. Players are always free to obey/disobey." You'll get the chance to speak with Dan and even try out the game for yourself.
Collegiate Gaming & The Future of Collegiate Esports with Snoopeh
Sunday, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Former Pro League of Legends player Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis
Join former League of Legends professional Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis to discuss where esports has came from, where it is and where it is going. Snoopeh has been involved in every facet of the esports industry from playing, team management, tournament organising, game development and broadcasting. He encourages you to come prepped with a question as we brainstorm about the future of collegiate esports and the industry more broadly. Feel free to hang out afterwards to say hi and take some pictures!