For the first time since our start as a video game news publication (we launched the TGG homepage back in May 2014), we at The Gaming Ground have been accepted to the amazing annual event known as E3. So I (Justin Shay “JayShay” Easler) am trying my very best to save up for the E3 2017 trip. However, here’s my problem: Given my current living condition, my jobs, and particular family-related problems, I cannot save up on my own, and given the small budget of our website, we cannot fund the trip on our own.
So that is the main reason behind why I decided to start a GoFundMe account in-order to make this trip possible. Sadly enough though, at this moment, we haven’t been able to raise all that much (roughly 65 USD). However, with the help of our lovely audience, we can make this happen (I will toss in some of my own money as well – Robin Ek). So we are looking at saving 2,600 USD for the trip. My family has personally contacted every connection we can to cut costs as much as possible, and this is the number we’ve come up with. This figure accounts for everything from the hotel, to food, to the travel, both to Los Angeles from my home in South Carolina and to the event from the hotel. Of course, we’d like to see a little bit of breathing room for any surprise costs, but at the moment, this figure accounts for the best-case scenario.
Even so, we know and respect that not everyone may be able to donate to our campaign, but we at least ask that the word spreads so that (should the campaign be funded) we can better serve our audience at this event. Of course, this is no pleasure trip for me personally. As the idea of being in a city larger than my home in Spartanburg is terrifying. Nevertheless, I want to do this trip with the hope that I can do as I’m expected to: Deliver unbiased news to the audience I love to serve.
Now, if you individually don’t feel the need to help us make our trip or you’re unable to help us out, then that’s perfectly fine. As we don’t want to push people to help us out when they can’t or don’t want to. In either of those cases, just by simply spreading the word by sharing this article would be a huge help for us (TGG). I would also like to point out that in the case that we are unable to make the trip, we have two options. 1. We can either refund the money to our audience 2. Alternatively, we can move that money into a private account where we can use that money to make the next E3 or possibly another geek/nerd culture relevant event, such as Comic-Con or one of the PAX Events (you can leave a message on the campaign with your donation that states your preference). If we do get funded and are able to make it to E3, and we do not use all the money that we have funded by the end of the trip, the remaining amount will be put towards another event to help us out in the future.
In any case, we’re very thankful and grateful for any support that we can get to from you guys to make this E3 trip happen for real. However, sadly enough I have some sady news to share wih you all. You see, even though the campaign has been around for quite some time now, we haven’t had much luck with support…So “if “we can’t make it by the deadline, then it’s not the end of the world, because we could just aim for E3 2018 instead. Anyways, thank you boys and girls so much for your help and support =) And we hope to keep on doing what we’ve always done for you guys in the future as well (no matter the out come of our “TGG’s road to E3 2017” campaign).
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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