Esports charity event to raise $10m for vaccine distribution effort

Esports organisations have come together to launch a charity fund to support multiple humanitarian aid organisations such as UNICEF, Gavi and Direct Relief in their work distributing COVID-19 vaccinations.

A charity esports and gaming festival, set up by Gamers Without Borders and the Saudi Esports Federation has also announced ESL Gaming as the event’s Technical Partner, and will see some $10 million (£7 million) donated to support vaccine distribution.

The nine- week online charity and esports festival will feature some of gaming’s big names as well as those from the wider sport and entertainment world, and will be broadcast in a live multi-language feed delivered by ESL Gaming. 

Following a successful inaugural event last year, the second edition of Gamers Without Borders will feature leading various game titles including Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League and PUBG MOBILE as well as one yet unrevealed title.

Viewers will also be able to donate to the cause and grow the overall charity fund further.

David Neichel, Head of International Growth and Advisor to CEO at ESL Gaming, said: “Gaming brings people closer together and connects communities across different borders. We are happy to once again collaborate with the Saudi Esports Federation for Gamers without Borders, creating a great experience open for all fans around the world with the goal to provide COVID-19 relief to areas that need it most

2020’s debut Gamers Without Borders event was also produced by ESL Gaming, and also raised a $10 million prize fund donated to seven global charities including UNICEF and International Medical Corps. Stars such as Snoop Dogg, One Direction’s Liam Payne, Liverpool and England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Juventus player Paulo Dybala, and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli were also part of the roster involved in the live-streamed action.

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