The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a slew of charity events in esports, but the biggest one is yet to come.
Gamers Without Borders is set to host a series of charity esports events, boasting $10 million that will be awarded to various charities. Included in that is a Dota 2 tournament with a $1.5 million prize pool, boasting some of the best teams in the game.
The full list of participants stands as follows:
The Gamers Without Borders Dota 2 event will run from May 15 to 17. It is unclear what tournament format will be used. Regardless, it will see a significant sum donated to a charity of the winner’s choosing. A number of Dota 2 pros took to social media to promote the event, and express their excitement over participating.
Among them was Virtus.pro captain Alexey “Solo” Berezin.
“We are happy to participate in the tournament and to unify for a good cause,” Solo said in a statement released on Twitter.
Hey there @Ceb! 👋
— Gamers Without Borders (@gwbps) May 12, 2020
Gamers Without Borders is throwing around a huge sum of cash on esports tournaments. Some might be wondering what Gamers Without Borders is. The organizer spelled out its goals on its official website.
“Held over seven weeks, elite gamers will unite to compete in one-off tournaments fought out in the most thrilling titles in gaming. The winners will give their share of $10 million prize money to one of many international charities fighting on the front-line against the spread of coronavirus,” Gamers Without Borders said.
The Gamers Without Borders Dota 2 tournament is the third in a series of charity events. The first was a competition in PUBG Mobile, which was followed by a Rainbow Six event. Three more will be held after the Dota 2 tournament, but it is unclear what other games will be featured.