Do What You Love, Help Kids
Join the GFL League of Pros as a developer, creator, or mentor.
League Of Pros: Esport Solos
The League Of Pros: Esports is an esports league hosted by Games For Love in partnership with Drop-In Gaming platform (DIG), to create a pro-esports league of non-pro gamers within AAA organizations.
League Of Pros: Esport Teams
Have you ever thought of making a difference in children’s lives by having fun and playing games? Are you ready to transform your everyday working activities into an exciting adventure? Are you ready to become a Hero of a kid’s life? To share your professionalism in spreading positive energy around many important companies around the world? If so, become one of us.
League Of Pros: Cause Jam
Dear Gamer and Game Creator. Your knowledge helps many kids around the world to learn important skills and abilities to create amazing games. It empowers players with important knowledge and skills that can help them respond effectively in real-life saving lives of so many kids.
League Of Pros: Networking
Become a part of monthly event designed to provide individuals with a space for a self-reflection and community gathering. The event also encourages a sense of community and togetherness, as attendees come together to capture moments of joy and connection through a group selfie.
League Of Pros: Women in Tech
Games for Love encourages the visibility of a female as a role model in the tech industry. It can be challenging for young women to envision themselves succeeding in tech careers. Efforts to highlighting successful women in tech can help inspire and motivate others.
League Of Pros: Rewards and Recognitions
Games for Love acknowledges and appreciates the efforts, achievements, and contributions of individuals or groups. It promotes a sense of accomplishment. Rewards and Recognition are promoted to individuals who donate time, professionally and involvement at the organisation for saving kids lives.
League Of Pros: Mentoring
In Mentorship Track, League Of Pros members are mentoring mentees in our Interns International Program, Teaching in our Kids Of STEAM Program, or available as a resource to help local children’s hospitals and child life teams on best practices and troubleshooting for ensuring success of our GFLX program.
League Of Pros: Career Development
Becoming a part of Games for Love family supports you building a professional network which helps you through career development. Being in a direct contact with gaming industry, coding or STEAM professionals is crucial for career development. Our networking channels can open doors to potential job opportunities and provide valuable insights. Our reference will be a key to your success.
League of Pros in Numbers
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What's In It For Me?
We know that giving is fun, but so is receiving.
Unite your passion foe gaming with your desire to make a difference
Engage in healthy competition with colleagues and industry peers.
Make your gaming hours count towards your company's volunteer programs.
Create lasting impact through your favourite hobby.
Cultivate team-building and camaraderie within your organisation.
Earn recognition and awards for young gaming skills.
Ways to give and receive as an industry professional:
How do I sign up for the League of Pros: Esports?
How do I know if my company has a volunteer grant or dollars for doers program?
Can I choose which game I want to play?
How are my gaming hours counted towards volunteer grants?
How is the money raised distributed?
Can I participate in both the Esport Solos and Esport Teams?
I don't have a team yet, can I play on Solos?
I have a group from my company that want to participate, we want to partner, can we?
Do I have to be good at the games?
Can we donate games made by us to be played in the League?
Do I have to stream while playing?
I am a pro Esports player that also works at a company that provides volunteer grants, can I participate?
My company does not have a volunteer grant, but would like to sponsor, can I join then?
My company does not have a volunteer grant, but I would like to donate the an amount directly so I can participate, is that possible?
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10 million children in 5 years
About Games For Love
We help kids for life. get well. heal through play. learn to code. get degrees. get jobs. give back.
Our six core programs, which we call our Program Ecosystem™, work in tandem to meet the needs of kids as they grow and provide an ever-present community of support.
Why did you decide to join Games For Love?
In 2019, I had been working on a personal The Legend of Zelda fan game project that had become more of a vertical slice prototype of a type of game I’d like to make. However, my vision for it was beyond the scope of the time I would like to commit to it and with it being a fan game using assets from another IP it meant I definitely could not market it. This left me wondering what my next steps should be.
I met Nathan Blair at the Christian Game Developers Conference a few years back and kept in touch over the years. Recently, he reached out to me about this opportunity to be a part of Channel Surfing+, which happened to come around this turning point in my previous project. After we discussed the volunteering details and I saw the opportunity to continue developing 2D games as part of this project, it made sense to bring all the workflows and technologies I learned working on that vertical slice towards bringing new games to life in the VR arcade channel. That way I could continue to hone my craft while also gleaning knowledge and experience working in a team with people from various disciplines and levels of experience.
Share your experiences volunteering with Games For Love.
It’s been a pleasure working with a small team on a VR arcade channel for the upcoming Channel Surfing+ game where each of us have our own strengths to bring. I have a background in 2D game development, so I thought at first I would be of little help for a VR game in 3D space, but the VR arcade was a perfect fit where I could create new 2D games for the arcade machines that the player can engage with using VR controls. It’s encouraging to watch the progress being made on all fronts in this channel and in the full team as well, and it gives me good motivation to bring some new things to show off for each team meeting.
Programmer: Jeff Kapochus
If you could live in a video game world, which would you choose and why?
My mind immediately races toward Mass Effect. I was obsessed with Star Trek and Star Wars as a kid, and the concept of living on a starship in space surrounded by beautiful, wonderful, and terrible aliens is the most exciting thing I can think of.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
I desperately want to be working full-time in the video-games industry. Honestly, that’s the dream I’ve had since I was 9 years old, sitting on my living room floor in my underpants playing Final Fantasy IX.
What has been your favorite moment volunteering for Games For Love?
I think the best moment for me so far was jumping into our first team meeting. It was a wonderful moment of being surrounded by people who were only there for the love of what they were doing and for the cause they were supporting.
What tips or advice would you give to a game developer starting out?
Games development is a competitive market, and 99 studios out of 100 are going to reject you for one reason or another, but don’t let them tell you that you can’t make games. Keep learning, keep creating, and finish what you start.
Pro Spotlight: Feat. Brandon Garcia
What motivates you to be the project manager and assistant producer?
It’s motivating working with other talented volunteers and helping them stay organized so that we can make an impact to our organization.
How did you hear about Games For Love and what interests you in working with them?
I heard about Games For Love through LinkedIn for a Project Manager Volunteer position. I believe in the mission of the organization and I’m fortunate to be able to contribute my time to make a difference.
Where do you see Games For Love growing in the next year?
I see Games For Love growing and reaching a broader audience to make a bigger impact.
Recruiter: Nichole Manning
What is one of your most memorable experiences volunteering with Games For Love?
I can’t think of just one. I am in constant awe of the number of people who want to volunteer their time and talents to Games For Love. The outstanding roles are usually filled in a matter of days! It’s refreshing to know that there are so many people who care about giving to the greater good.
One of my favorite parts of recruiting for GFL is reviewing the volunteers’ portfolios. I am blown away by the amount of talent that I’ve seen in the few short months that I’ve been volunteering. It’s like opening up a treasure chest every time I click on a portfolio link. It’s definitely something I look forward to!
How did you first find out about Games For Love?
I was a referral of Mario Duff, the GFL project coordinator. She was the first friend I met when I moved to San Diego over 16 years ago, and remains one of my closest friends. Mario knew I was passionate about recruiting, but understood that I was having a tough time finding a role in the industry due to the economic effects of COVID-19. Joining GFL allowed me to build upon my recruiting skills while helping out a great cause. I’m extremely grateful to her for sharing this opportunity with me.