Fans Freak Out at PDXLAN with Unexpected Giveaway

Some hollered. Others hooted. Other just bowed down before NVIDIA’s Tom Petersen as if he were some kind of digital deity.

“Oh my gawd,” one gamer shouted.

We didn’t know that giving away these USB drives — detailed, reduced-scale reproductions of our award-winning GeForce GTX Founder’s Edition graphics cards — would spark an epic round of meticulously crafted miniature memory madness at PDXLAN.

But maybe we should have suspected it.

Best part, none of the more than 500 hardcore PC enthusiasts gathered in Portland for the four-day gaming event saw this coming. That is, until we wheeled out a cart loaded with hundreds  of these collectibles.

“Here’s what we’re gonna do,” Petersen announced to the crowd as jaws dropped. “We’re going to give everyone one.”

Glorious GeForce Giveaways

After nearly two decades, the PDXLAN gathering can feel a bit like a family reunion. It’s reminder in PC gaming’s strong roots in informal gatherings of gamers who hooked their PCs together at house parties to play in local area networks.

It’s a sign of the gaming community’s growing influence: the event is usually sold out within minutes of tickets being made available, and participants typically raise more than $75,000 each year for charity. And it’s also a look at gaming’s future – with vendors eager to connect with one of the most influential communities in gaming.

Master Builders

We wanted to do something special for the community at PDXLAN. These are gamers who don’t just use our products, they build their gaming rigs around them — often proudly displaying the GeForce GTX in carefully-crafted see-through cutouts.

So what better group of people with USB drives to match their graphics cards? These 64 GB capacity USB drives feature a fast, fully-retractable USB connector and an integrated eyelet to connect to a keyring.They’re crafted from metal and painted plastic for a premium, weighted feel.

The giveaway caused an uproar online, and off. “Holy moly, that’s incredible,” one tweeted. “Some lucky people right there,” another wrote.