Gamers Without Borders (GWB) is due to run charity esports tournaments until June, and while the CS:GO competition is set to commence this coming Friday, May 29, the online charity event is already the biggest ever.
In the first four weeks of matches in different game titles, GWB has gathered 120,000 players from 72 countries. The unprecedented esports initiative, organized by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), has seen $6.5million out of its $10million charity prize fund already donated to global charities tackling COVID-19.
Alongside ESL, the world’s largest esports company and technical partner, Gamers Without Borders has attracted 42m social media video views with an innovative virtual broadcast feed across seven languages bringing all the action.
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), said: “It’s inspiring to see Gamers Without Borders and Saudi Arabia connect the global gaming community and help respond to COVID-19 through supporting these international charities.”
“To have brought together such a huge number of global gamers to watch, game, donate and learn in just four weeks really shows the power that esports possesses. Gaming has proved it transcends all borders – and there’s more to come in the next few weeks.”
The Gamers Without Borders Dota 2 competition concluded on the 17th of May with Team Secret claiming the title and the large portion of the $2,000,000 prize pool. The team decided to split their earnings to two charity organizations and donated $375,000 to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and $375,000 to The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
A total of eight CS:GO teams will join the fray tomorrow, playing for a share of another $2,000,000 prize pool. The entire prize money will be donated by the teams to the charity of their choice.