Gamers, eSports Stars And Pro Footballers Can Face Off In Huge Online Tournament
With U$10million - more than £8.1million - up for grabs from the get-go, COVID-19 charity esports tournament Gamers Without Borders was never going to be low-key.
Throw in the best elite level gamers on the planet, Premier League superstars, 120,000 quarantined players, viewing figures on the verge of 50 million, and millions of pounds going to charities including UNICEF and Direct Relief, the seven-week series has levelled-up lockdown to become the biggest charity esports event of all time.
And it still has four days to go, giving you time to still catch the action. Gamers Without Borders has been running since the end of April and has been an esports megahit.
Dreamt up by SAFEIS - the esports federation of Saudi Arabia - the aim was to unite gamers of all abilities in a way that encouraged people to stay home and do their bit as a community and help fight coronavirus.
SAFEIS put up a $10million prize fund - the biggest ever of its kind - which the gaming world's elite players and franchises have been competing over ever since.
However, rather than keep the money for themselves, every team has played to win for charities battling COVID-19 on the frontlines, which has meant vital funds going to international organizations helping tens of millions of people around the world.
HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan is the chairman of SAFEIS. He said: "Gaming really is special in how it unites people across geographies with a shared passion. That's what Gamers Without Borders is all about: using that love for gaming and its digital nature to allow what is a genuine community to support in this global crisis."
Some of the big names competing at the tournament include teams like Nigma, Fnatic and Natus Vincere (NaVi).
Armchair gamers and fans alike have been able to stream every elite match, bringing a massive global audience to the series.
That's only been one part of the Gamers Without Borders' experience for amateur level players however.
Each week it holds community tournaments that are open to all. Heading into its final four days, around 180 tournaments have already taken place, attracting more than 120,000 gamers from 72 countries-ranging from Great Britain to Australia, Germany to Brazil, South Korea to Somalia.
The tournaments have homed in on the biggest titles in gaming, like Overwatch and Call of Duty, with participants encouraged to make their own donations to the official roster of COVID-19-related charities and agencies via weblinks and regular advertisements featured throughout.
It draws to a close this week, with a host of pro footballers following Dele Alli - who last week admitted to being more nervous playing Fortnite than when he competes for England or Spurs - in signing-up to take part in its closing FIFA 20 tournament.
From Friday, Dele will go toe-to-toe with Juventus and Argentina striker Paulo Dybala; an all-Portuguese battle will see Atlético Madrid wonderkid João Félix take on Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva; and GWB will welcome boyband royalty as singer-songwriter Liam Payne takes on Champions League winning Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Make sure you get involved by visiting www.gamerswithoutborders.com
Featured Image Credit: Gamers Without Borders
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