26 May 2020
- Seven-week online initiative has united gamers from home raising millions for coronavirus charities including UNICEF, Direct Relief, and the International Medical Corps click here
- Gamers Without Borders has so far featured the world’s biggest games,athletes, and elite teamsmade up of 42nationalitiesin a series of elite tournaments
- 20,000 sign up to learning initiatives to inspire the next generation of game designers.
- Tournament images click here
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26 May: COVID-19 esports fundraiserGamers Without Borders has broken new ground for gaming after uniting 120,000 gamers online from 72 countries in just four weeks.
Theunprecedented esports initiative, organized by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), hasseen US$6.5million out of its US$10million charity prize fund already donated to global charities tackling COVID-19.
It has also brought together the world’s biggest gaming titles,best players and 54 elite teams for a series of consecutive tournaments. Gamers Without Bordershas become the biggest esports event exhibition series to date in terms of charity donations, players and game titles.
Alongside ESL,the world’s largest esports companyand technical partner, Gamers Without Borders has attracted 42m social media video views with an innovative virtual broadcast feed across seven languagesbringing all the action.
Gamers Without Bordershas united players from a range of countriesacross the globe. These countries include the likes of Somalia,South Korea, Australia, Germany, Panama, France, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), said: “It’sinspiring to see Gamers Without Bordersand Saudi Arabia connect the global gaming community andhelp 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 learnin just four weeks really shows the powerthate-sports possesses. Gaming has proved it transcends all borders – and there’s more to come in the next few weeks.”

Elite and community tournaments unite the gaming world

The SAFEIS organised tournaments areoperating on two levels: an amateur community battleground for gaming fans and at an international elite level, where the very best players onthe globe are going head-to-head for the cause.
The community tournaments have seen120,000 players from 72 countries play over20,000 matches for 4,000 hours on games including Call of Duty, Fortnite and Rainbow Six: Siege. Those tournaments have comprised more than 150 marathon and Games of The Week sessions, from which there have been 900 winners from 21 different countries, all together winning prizes worth around US$250,000.
At GWB’s International Elite level – where 54 teams and 53 duos across 42 nationalities have gone head-to-head– a live global streaming audience of more than five million have watched hours of thrilling action as players and franchises have battled it out to win a share of US$10million for their chosen COVID-19 charities.The series has included major esports titles to date.

Impacting international charities

Halfway through and US$6.5million of the event’s mammoth prize fund has already been won – all of which has been handed over to non-profit organizations, ranging from UNICEF, the International Medical Corps (IMC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Direct Relief and Norwegian Refugee Council.
That money is being funneled directly to projects helping fight the global spread of COVID-19, including awareness programs, support for children and young people, and life-saving medical supplies.

Learning initiatives inspirenext gen gamers

As well as its playing and watching platforms, Gamers Without Borders has also been running a free and unrivalled series of learning initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of game designers.
The four joint initiatives that form GWB’s Academy have been organized in collaboration with MCIT, the Saudi Digital Academy, KSA Digital Game and OCEANX, and have so far provided more than 100 hours of training from 160 digital experts to an incredible 20,000 knowledge hungry young people from 40 different countries.
With so much action and learning still to come, there has never been a better time to get involved in Gamers Without Borders. Gamers of all abilities canregister to play as part of the event by visiting www.gamerswithoutborders.com , where streaming information for all the event’s live International Elite action can be found too.

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