Compuware crowned winner of inaugural Live Downtown Games

Week-long activities come to a close at Cadillac Square with donation to Forgotten Harvest of $12,500 and 7,109 pounds of food

July 27, 2012

DETROIT — Throughout the week, Detroit’s finest have flexed their muscles – both physically and intellectually – in the inaugural Live Downtown Games. Teams from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing Solutions spent the week competing, collaborating and celebrating, with all the hard work coming to a close in Cadillac Square at noon for the closing ceremonies. Compuware took home the coveted Live, Work, Play trophy and will get to display it over the course of the next year until the 2013 events kick off next summer.

Forgotten Harvest received a donation of $12,500 today, in addition to the 7,109 pounds of food the five participating companies collected in the week leading into the games. The financial donation came as a surprise to Forgotten Harvest.

"This has been a great week for Detroit. The Live Downtown Games have created a sense of community and friendly competition among these five companies who launched the Live Downtown program a year ago," said Dave Blaszkiewicz, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. "Everyone who has participated this week as a competitor, a volunteer or a spectator is a winner in my book but the biggest of all is Downtown Detroit."

The standings as of Friday are as follows:

2012 Live Downtown Games Medal Count

Team Gold Silver Bronze Total
BCBSM 1 1 2 4
Compuware 3   2 5
DTE   1 3 4
Quicken Loans 2 2   4
Strategic Staffing Solutions   1   1

Monday, July 23: Obstacle Course: winner based on team time through the course

Quicken Loans: First Place: 500
DTE: Second: 400
Compuware: Third: 300
BCBSM: Fourth: 200
Strategic Staffing Solutions: Fifth: 100

Tuesday, July 24: Can Food Build

Compuware: First Place: 500
Quicken Loans: Second: 400
DTE: Third: 300
Strategic Staffing Solutions Fourth: 200
BCBSM: Fifth: 100

Can food drive

Quicken Loans: First Place: 500
Compuware: Second: 400
S3: Third: 300
BCBSM: Fourth: 200
DTE: Fifth: 100

Wednesday, July 25: Field Day – each event will be scored as follows, four events total:

Quicken Loans: First Place: 500
BCBSM: Second Place: 400
Compuware: Third: 300
DTE: Fourth: 200
S3 Fifth: 100

Thursday, July 26: Volleyball Championship (points doubled due to multi-day activity)

Compuware: First Place: 1000
Quicken Loans: Second: 800
DTE: Third: 600
BCBSM: Fourth: 400
S3: Fifth: 200

Friday, July 27: Detroit Trivia:

Compuware: First Place: 500
S3: Second: 400
DTE: Third (tie): 300
BCBSM: Third (tie): 300
Quicken Loans: Fifth: 100

Participation Points

Compuware: First Place: 500
Quicken Loans: Second (tie): 400
S3: Second (tie): 400
DTE: Fourth: 200
BCBSM: Fifth: 100


The Live Downtown Games mark the one-year anniversary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing Solutions’ launch of the Live Downtown program, which is coordinated by the Downtown Detroit Partnership. The program provides incentives to employees who move to downtown and helps retain those who are already living there. This celebration between Live Downtown participants is the next step in creating a unique environment that promotes collaboration, networking and friendly competition among businesses.

The first year Live Downtown Incentive program brought 187 new residents downtown, and currently has 286 total people in the pipeline. To date, more than $800,000 of employer incentives have funded the program to date, with an overall high satisfaction. Of the new residents, 72 percent moved from the suburbs, with 23 percent from the city, and five percent from outside of Michigan. Eighty-eight percent rented properties, with 12 percent purchasing homes in the downtown district, Lafayette Park and Midtown.

Additional photos and information from the week’s events can be found at The official hashtag of the Live Downtown Games is #DETgames.

Live Downtown was created to incentivize people working in Downtown Detroit to consider investing in a home in the city they work. The program has focused on and will continue to focus on building density in downtown and the following nearby neighborhoods: Corktown, Lafayette Park, Eastern Market, Woodbridge and the Midtown areas of Brush Park, Cass Park, Art Center, and Lower Cass. For more information on the Live Downtown program, visit

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