We Are LANFEST: 12 Years of Connections

Twelve years ago, Patrick Timmell spotted an article on a bulletin board in Buffalo that led him to MassiveLAN. What began as curiosity became a pivotal part of his life. He attended his first event and felt an immediate connection with the community that gathered around rows of glowing screens, sharing strategies and stories.

Over the years, Patrick moved from attendee to volunteer, pouring his energy into organizing and supporting the events. The growth of MassiveLAN mirrored his own, as he watched the small gathering swell to a bustling hub with 300 dedicated gamers.

For Patrick, MassiveLAN isn’t just about gaming; it’s about community. Every event brings new challenges and triumphs, weaving a rich tapestry of memories with friends who share his passion.

“I found LANFEST and my home chapter through an article on our venue’s bulletin board,” Patrick often tells newcomers. “I’ve been part of this for twelve years, dedicating time to serve and enjoy the community we’ve built.”

As Patrick looks forward to each new gathering, he knows these moments are more than just games; they are the heartbeats of a community he loves, a community he never plans to leave.

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​With more than 4 million volunteer hours and 22 years of gaming, LANFest strives to build healthy communities through gaming by providing safe spaces for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and affiliations! This year we're celebrating creating safe spaces through gaming by creating Home-based LAN Events across the US where members of LANFest communities from all across the nation can have fun, build community, and share that goodness locally through LANs Across America!


LANs Across America 2024!

We're bringing a LANFest event to YOU! Join LANFest in our 3rd Annual LANs Across America where you can be featured on the LANFest Twitch Channel during the event as we celebrate grassroots gaming and the communities we build by hosting Online and Home-based LAN events! LANs Across America brings friends and family together for the holidays as we encourage gamers to host a LAN event in their homes with friends and family! Community Members that register their Home-Based LAN and meet the minimum fundraising goal are eligible to receive a Sponsor Bundle and LANFest Swag to showcase at their event!



Register your Team to host a Home-based LAN event by creating a team through the LANs Across America 2024 DonorDrive! By registering your team to host a Home-Based LAN event December 6-8, you have the opportunity to get your LAN featured on the LANFest Twitch Channel as we celebrate 21 Years of LANFest!

      • The top 5 fundraisers in Quarter 2 (April-June) will be entered to win an Intel i9 1300KF processor!
      • Raise $25 and receive an exclusive 2024 LANFest Fundraiser Lanyard
      • Raise $100 and receive an exclusive 2024 LANFest Fundraiser Keychain
      • Raise $200 and receive an exclusive 2024 Magic The Gathering pin set (limit 25)
      • Raise $500 and receive a Razer Huntsman Keyboard (limit 30)

Register to Fundraise HERE!

  • By registering as a Team to host a Home-based LAN event you have the opportunity to earn a Sponsor Bundle and LANFest Swag to showcase at your event! In order to be eligible to receive these rewards your team must;
    • Register to host a Home-based LAN Event during LANs Across America
      • December 6-8, 2024
    • Post on Social Media about your participation in LANs Across America and share it with LANFest by tagging us, @LANFestgames!

Did you know that LANFest was created all the way back in April of 2002? The first LANFest event was in collaboration with the Intel DuPont Campus in Washington! That means that LANFest is 22 years old! Join LANFest in the celebration during the LANs Across America Campaign and thank our community for another amazing year of gaming, community, and charitable giving! Learn more about how you can celebrate with LANFest below! 👇

  • Donate $50 to building healthy communities, and receive a Limited Edition LANFest stainless steel mug!

Share Your Story!

With 22 Years of Gaming, Fun, and Charitable Giving, LANFest and members of the community certainly have amazing stories to tell! Now tell us them! We want to hear from YOU! Share your story of how LANFest has been part of your life! Share how you and your friends conquered a LANFest Tournament or maybe won that lucky raffle, no matter how crazy, goofy, or whacky the memory, we want to hear it!

  • Share Your Story at the link HERE!

Share Your Donation on Social Media!

Want to share with your friends, family, and community how you made a difference in your community by giving back to LANFest? Share the LANs Across America Campaign page on social media and be sure to tag LANFest (@LANFestgames)! We'll be sure to share your post with our community and thank you for your generous donation to our campaign and building healthy communities through gaming!



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