Best-selling gaming headset and leading gaming accessory maker Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR), today announced it is once again working with Gamers Outreach, a charity that empowers hospitalized children through video games. In this latest venture, Turtle Beach has provided hundreds of the brand’s esteemed Recon Controller for Gamers Outreach’s GO Karts program, which creates portable video game kiosks specifically designed for hospitals. The GO Karts are beneficial for patients, doctors, nurses, and child life specialists as they provide bedside recreation for children unable to leave their hospital rooms.
“Gamers Outreach is a powerful organization using gaming to do amazing things for children in hospitals around the world, and we’re grateful to be working with them again,” said Cris Keirn, Interim CEO & SVP, Global Sales, Turtle Beach Corporation. “When it comes to gaming and the benefits it adds to the health and recovery of kids, this was an easy decision. We’re happy the Gamers Outreach team came to us about donating our Recon Controllers for their new GO Karts. This is a great initiative we’re happy to continue supporting, and we’re looking forward to working together again in the future.”
Gamers Outreach started its GO Karts program to provide kids with an outlet for relief, socialization, and a sense of normalcy during treatment in the hospital. The carts provide a safe, flexible, and efficient way to ensure children have access to entertainment and coping mechanisms during long-term hospitalization. As many hospitals have adopted stricter protocols following COVID-19, kids have experienced new levels of isolation, and the GO Karts provide access to games and socialization even when it can’t be in person.
“Having worked with Turtle Beach a few times already, we knew they’d jump at the opportunity to help out with our next generation of GO Karts so that kids in hospitals have the best gaming experience possible,” said David Fraser, Director of Development, Gamers Outreach. “Turtle Beach donated a generous 800 Recon Controllers which are perfect for our new GO Karts for a variety of reasons. They are top-quality wired controllers which helps with security. They provide a variety of exclusive gaming audio features when a headset is connected. They’re durable and will provide long-term use, and as a bonus they come in just the right color to match our GO Karts.”
Each Gamers Outreach GO Kart provides support to an estimated 2,900 hospitalized kids per year, and Turtle Beach’s 800 donated Recon Controllers will help support upwards of 750k children annually. The latest GO Karts featuring Turtle Beach’s Recon Controller begin rolling out to hospitals in October, with over 250 GO Karts planned to be in hospitals by the end of 2023. The GO Karts will be found in hospitals primarily across the U.S. and Canada but will also be available in locations in the UK, Germany, and Australia.