Saudi Arabia has announced a new charity esports event with a USD 10 million prize pool to raise money to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The seven-week event, dubbed Gamers Without Borders by Saudi, starts on Friday, 24th of April, and is open worldwide to gamers of all skill levels.
Six tournaments will be held each week on an amateur level. The best-performing amateurs will then get to compete with professional players on an elite level. Tournaments will take place across 14 of the most popular video games, including Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Fifa.
By the time the tournaments wrap up on Sunday, 7th of June, the USD 10 million prize fund will be donated to charities fighting against the pandemic, including the World Health Organisation Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Gamers Without Borders by Saudi was created by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (Safeis) in partnership with Electronic Sports League (ESL), the world’s largest eSports company. The event will be streamed live to watch.
The partnership with ESL will help provide a broadcast feed in eight different languages, including Arabic, English, Spanish and Mandarin for a global experience reaching worldwide.