Last year a bunch of gamers arrived at my house in West London, as we attempted to raise some money for Special Effect as part of their Gameblast event.
We put on some showmatches, and generally tried to entertain as much as our limited experience could manage. We made some friends in the form of essentials.tf, who gave us their time and expertise in the production side, and Omnibombulator of huds.tf aided massively in the set up of the stream graphics and website during the project. The event raised just over £3000, putting us in the top 3 independent groups raising money for the charity that weekend.
This year we have broken away from Gameblast, and hugs17 is to take place as a 26 hour standalone event benefiting Special Effect over the weekend of the 6/7th May 2017. This is to facilitate a move into a venue being given to us in Hammersmith, West London. This venue has an inner London quality business connection, meaning that it's incredibly unlikely that we'll have the same stream drops as last year. We also have more room for a bigger guest list, and as a bonus I won't have to spend 2 weeks cleaning up afterwards.
The site has been redesigned with the help of my closest out of game friends/business partners, Arrogant Pixel. It is filled with some of the juicy scheduled events that we can confirm at this point, and will be updated as we get closer to the event.
In terms of events for this year, we have confirmed the return of the popular Joy of Painting section. We have also made ties with some members of the jumping community, who are prepping an incredible 2 hour slot, and we'll be offering the same "high level" public gaming experience alongside our streamers and some of our invited gamers that can't make the trip to London.
As with last year, we are depending on donations of items to raffle away. We are also looking for more potential event sponsors, and anybody that thinks that they could have something to give to the project. Contact myself, or anybody listed on the team members portion of the site if you're interested.
With the event announcement, we have released a brief trailer featuring some of the standout moments from last year's event. For more information as it arrives, including event confirmations, follow us on twitter or visit hugs.tf.
We'd love to hear any of your feedback from last year, especially in terms of what you guys want to see in events. Otherwise, we'll see you in chat in May!
TLDR Hugs.tf's 2017 event will be taking place in Hammersmith, West London, over the weekend of the 6/7th May 2017. The event will be begin at 17:00GMT and run for around 26 hours, ending 19:00GMT on the Sunday.