Community Updates: Healing Through Gaming

Community Updates: Healing Through Gaming

Feb 21, 2024

Pioneers fans,
February is well underway. In light of the recent Super Bowl LVIII shooting at Union Station, we have a special edition newsletter with details on the Pioneers' response.  Below are the Pioneers' recent highlights since the last newsletter:

  • Pioneers Super Bowl Parade Response

  • QuikTrip Pioneers Secure Top 8 in Oceania Open Qualifier 2

  • Remember to Grab Your Pioneers Rocket League Decals 

  • Register for the Stateline Showdown Series Online Valorant Tournament

  • Midwest Fest Tickets Now Available for Purchase

Supporting the Community: Healing Through Gaming

In the aftermath of the Kansas City Chiefs victory in Super Bowl LVIII, celebrations took a somber turn during the victory parade. The joyous occasion turned tragic when a shooting occurred at Union Station, leaving one person dead and 22 others injured. In response to this heartbreaking incident, the Pioneers are joining forces with a broad coalition of community partners to make a positive impact.

To bring comfort and joy to those affected, especially the kids impacted by the recent events, we are launching an initiative to gather donations. We're seeking consoles, computers, gaming equipment, video games, gift cards, and more. The goal is to offer these children an opportunity to find solace and happiness during their recovery through the power of gaming.

At the Pioneers, we understand the transformative potential of gaming, especially during challenging times. By collaborating with our partners, local businesses, and gaming community members, we aim to turn this initiative into a reality. It goes beyond just games; it's about providing these kids a chance to escape, even if momentarily, into worlds of adventure and excitement, helping them heal and smile again.

We invite you to join us in this meaningful endeavor. Every contribution, regardless of size, can make a significant difference. This one's for the kids.

For more information on how you can contribute, please contact Sam Kulikov, Pioneers Chief Marketing Officer, at Together, let's make a positive impact on the lives of those affected and show the strength of our community.

QuikTrip Pioneers' Oceania Open Qualifier 2 Recap

Building on their Oceania Open Qualifier 2 performance, the QuikTrip Pioneers continued their quest in the Top 16, navigating a Swiss system format on February 16. Faced with formidable opponents, they kicked off with a decisive 3-0 victory over ninja low taper fade. Undeterred, they met Ground Zero Gaming, securing a 3-1 win and advancing with confidence.

The stakes heightened as the QuikTrip Pioneers went head-to-head with Chiefs Esports Club in a thrilling matchup. Demonstrating resilience and skill, the QuikTrip Pioneers secured a hard-fought 3-1 victory, cementing their spot in the playoffs. The stage was set for intense competition as the top 8 teams in the Oceania region vied for supremacy in a single elimination bracket from February 17-18.

While the QuikTrip Pioneers showcased their determination, the playoffs brought a formidable challenge against Chiefs Esports Club, resulting in a closely contested 3-4 loss. Although their playoff journey concluded sooner than hoped, the QuikTrip Pioneers remain undaunted, gearing up for the next opportunity to make their mark. Stay tuned for the Oceania Open Qualifier 3, scheduled between February 24 and March 3, as the QuikTrip Pioneers continue their pursuit of excellence in the competitive Rocket League arena. 

QuikTrip Pioneers Decals Available in Rocket League 

In a thrilling development for Rocket League enthusiasts, the QuikTrip Pioneers Gaming decals have officially hit the Rocket League store, marking a significant chapter in our rebranding journey and partnership with QuikTrip. As the curtain rises on the latest Rocket League Championship Series season, these exclusive decals redefine our visual identity and encapsulate the dynamic fusion of team spirit and brand collaboration. Joining the elite ranks of 31 teams with available decals this year, the QuikTrip Pioneers Gaming collection offers a standout opportunity for players and fans to flaunt their support with a touch of distinctive style. Head to the Rocket League store today and gear up to make a bold statement as we dive into this electrifying season!

Get Ready for a Valorant Showdown: February 24, Stateline Showdown Series!

Calling all Valorant warriors and tactical masterminds! The Pioneers, in collaboration with LEVELUP Arena and proudly presented by the Army National Guard, are thrilled to announce the first online tournament of the Stateline Showdown Series, featuring an adrenaline-pumping Valorant competition on February 24.

Gear up for intense 5v5 battles in a single-elimination bracket, where only the most strategic teams will emerge victorious. With a maximum capacity of 32 teams, this tournament is your chance to showcase your Valorant skills.

How to Enter: Ready to accept the challenge? Gather your squad and register for the FREE event here. Don't miss the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the region, and remember, it's not just about the glory – there's a $500 prize pool up for grabs!

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your Valorant journey, this tournament is the perfect platform to test your skills and forge unforgettable gaming moments. Seize the opportunity, register your team, and let the games begin!

Midwest Fest 2024: Your Ticket to the Ultimate Gaming Celebration!

Attention gamers, creators, and enthusiasts of the Midwest! Tickets for Midwest Fest 2024 are now available for purchase. Get ready for a multi-day extravaganza celebrating the talents of our vibrant community – a grand stage for gamers, creators, and artists alike. Midwest Fest promises an unforgettable experience with thrilling competitions, valuable insights from industry experts, and so much more!

Whether you're a seasoned competitor, a passionate creator, or just eager to soak in the gaming vibes, Midwest Fest has something for everyone. Choose from various badge options, including General Admission, VIP, Creator, and Staff badges. Plus, if you're eager to be part of the behind-the-scenes magic, volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in joining the event staff.

Don't miss your chance to be part of the Midwest's premier gaming celebration! Head over to Midwest Fest's official website for all the details and to secure your spot at this epic gathering at Hy-Vee Arena from June 7-9. Let's make Midwest Fest 2024 a gaming experience to remember!