“This is outrageous!” Berlin International Gaming (BIG) pip Brazilian rivals FURIA in double-overtime to claim Gamers Without Borders’ CS:GO title – then donate $600,000 winnings to the International Medical Corps

-- Epic esports final took two rounds of overtime to find an eventual champion

-- Berlin International Gaming crowned winners with 22-20 victory over FURIA

-- The German team donated their $600,000 to International Medical Corps

-- Money will go directly to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in vulnerable nations

June 28: Berlin International Gaming were last night crowned Gamers Without Borders’ CS:GO champions after an epic battle with Brazilian rivals FURIA went all the way to double-overtime and a mere two-point victory!

The two mammoths of the game could not be split after making it to the climax of the charity esports series’ $1.5million prize-fund tournament after six days of matches against the world’s best franchises and teams, forcing their best-of-three grand finale to go all the way – and then some!

Watched by a global audience of more than one million people, the wild ride saw the lead change hands constantly over the course of the night, with eventual champions Team BIG seeing an early 7-1 lead quickly dissolve in front of them.

However, the Germans – made up of esports athletes Xantares, Syrson, K1to, Tabsen and Tizian – managed to quickly regroup, with Nils ‘K1to’ Gruhne bagging a quad-kill at 12-10 down to stabilise his team’s push.

As the final went on, the gap between the two only narrowed, with FURIA’s Yuurih leading the way as he topped his team’s rankings with 37 kills, ahead of teammates Vini (32), Honda (32), Kscerato (28) and Art (22).

Eventually, it took no less than two rounds of overtime to decide a winner, with Team BIG coming out on top 22-20.

Dustin "DuDe" Großmann – Berlin International Gaming coach – said afterwards: “As the tournament progressed, we found ourselves playing more and more seriously and it got really competitive. It was nice to see our opponents also treat it that way, so it was a really interesting tournament, for sure.”

Asked what it meant to the team to be part of the esports world’s response to COVID-19, Großmann added: “It feels great. That’s why we treated it with respect this entire tournament. To be able to give so much is awesome. It feels different to winning a tournament the other way, as this time we’re giving something to people out there at a difficult time. For us, it’s an honour to be able to play in this tournament and we played some great matches, close match-ups and I’m really glad with how everything went.”

With their win, Team BIG were awarded a $600,000 share of Gamers Without Borders’ charity prize fund – money they chose to donate to the International Medical Corps, and funds that will go to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the world’s most vulnerable nations.