Eight teams from around the world played on the DOTA 2 game, with Europe’s Team Secretbeating Ukraine’s NatusVincere 3-0 to win US$750,000 for coronavirus charities
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Gamers Without Borders – the US$10million charity esports event organized by Saudi Arabia as a way of supporting the global fight against coronavirus – last night crowned its third International Elite tournament champion. The tournament saw a further donationof US$1.5million to charities on the COVID-19 frontline.
Multi-national esports franchise Team Secretput on a dominating display to crush NatusVincere of Ukraine 3-0 in last night’s DOTA 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2) tournament final, bagging Gamers Without Borders’latest International Elite title – and US$750,000 from the event’s mammoth prize fund to donate to a charity of their choice.
That money, plus another US$750,000 shared between GWB’s eight DOTA2 finalists,will be handed over to leading non-profit organizations operating on the front-line in the fight against coronavirus, including UNICEF, the International Medical Corps (IMC) and GAVI to The Vaccine Alliance, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and Direct Relief.
Gamers Without Borders has been organized and run by SAFEIS - the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports. SAFEIS is the regulating body in charge of nurturing elite gaming athletes and developing the gaming community and industry in Saudi Arabia, and organized GWB as a means of uniting gamers in a way that would make a real difference in the world’s fight against COVID-19.
Sunday’s DOTA 2 donation was enough to see Gamers Without Borders – the seven-week long esports event uniting gamers in the battle against coronavirus – smash the US$4.5 million mark in the amount of money it has handed over to charity since getting underway only three weeks ago, with a further US$6million still ready to be shared with international organizations at the heart of the fight.