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RIYADH – MAY 11:
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|Yet another 360 kill from Osh-Tekk Warriors helps carry them towards a place in the final click here
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Saudi Arabia’s ‘The Ultimates’secured regional bragging rights after coming out on top in Gamers Without Borders’latest MENA series – this time on multi-player favourite,Rainbow Six: Siege.
The five-player squad saw off Jordan’s NASR Esports2-1 in their first-round match (5-2, 1-5, 5-3) of last night’s final four tournament, before triumphing over KSA rivals Osh-Tekk Warriors 2-0 (5-3, 5-2) in the series decider.
Their win earned them a cool US$250,000, which they quickly handed over to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre to help support their efforts on the frontline combattingthe spread of COVID-19.
“It’s been absolutely incredible to take part in the Gamers Without Borders tournament and win over our KSA opponents Osh-Tekk Warriors. We have decided to donate our fund to King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre because they are our local charity which plays a huge role in supporting relief for many countries around the world,” said The Ultimates on their victory.
And that donation was enough to see Gamers Without Borders – the seven-week long esports event uniting gamers in the battle against coronavirus – smash the US$2.5million mark in the amount of money it has handed over to charity since getting underway only two weeks ago, with a further US$7.5million still ready to be shared with international organizations at the heart of the fight.
Last night’s tournament finale hosted the MENA-region’s four best performing Rainbow Six: Siege teams from last week’s qualifying rounds.
In its opening match, an all-Saudi affair saw Osh-Tekk WarriorsdominateYalla Esports2-0 (5-0, 5-2)after some quick and aggressive play that saw star-man EagleX bag eight kills in only Round One of the best of three contest.
The Ultimates secured their place in the final with a commandeering performance against NASR, in which the play of the game actually came from a player on the losing side: NASR’s Valantino surviving a 3v1 situation to secure what was then a pivotal win.
That play clearly inspired the tournament’s eventual winners, as it would be they who pulled-off their own sensational three-on-one clutch in what was arguably the final’s deciding point.
With a play-off looking a near-certainty, MSSS of The Ultimates executed a memorable triple-kill play to bag the concluding match’s opening round 5-3 for his team – and there was no looking back from there.
As Gamers Without Borders is all about supporting the global fight against COVID-19, the final four teams all donated their winnings to non-profit organizations.
Yalla and NASR Esports both earned US$62,500, which they donated to Gavi and the International Medical Corps respectively. Osh-Tekk Warriors handed over their second place $US$125,000 winnings to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre, as did The Ultimates with their winning cheque.