-- Stars sign-up for $10million charity festival’s $1.5m prize fund Fortnite battle
-- They will partner pro-gamers as they compete for COVID-19 vaccine funds
-- Online Fortnite tournament to take place Thursday through until Sunday
-- Will pit world’s best esports athletes, teams and franchises against each other
June 30: Grammy winning hip-hop superstar Chance The Rapper and Spurs and England midfielder Dele will go up against the best Fortnite players on the planet after signing-up to charity esports festival Gamers Without Borders’ latest $1.5million elite series tournament – which gets underway tomorrow!
The pair – both massive Fortnite fans – will compete with the online shoot-em-up’s A-list athletes when the third elite series tournament of the nine-week COVID-19 fundraiser gets underway on Thursday (7pm CEST).
Both men will be paired with some of the best in the business as they go to battle as duos as part of what is officially the world’s biggest charity esports event. Dele will be in the heat of the action on Thursday evening, with Chance The Rapper gaming live on Friday.
They will be up against 42 other duo teams from around the world, all of whom will compete to win a share of the tournament’s massive $1.5million charity prize fund – money they will then hand directly over to humanitarian organisations to fund COVID-19 vaccine distribution in vulnerable nations.
Big-name gamers competing include Sco0ut, MortaL, EmadGG, Shiggy, FaZe Mongraal, BadSniper, LeTsHe, XXTRA Reet and CLG Symetrical, meaning Chance and Dele will truly have their work cut out for them.
Played in the duos format, each of the tournament’s three days will see five lobbies played, with each lobby building its own leaderboard. Daily crowns and the crown for best team across the entire competition will be up for grabs, with the top performing duos earning their share of the $1.5million charity prize-fund.
Dele – who played in last year’s Fortnite tournament as part of Gamers Without Borders – said: “Everyone who knows me knows how big a Fortnite fan I am and how often I play. And I do like to think I’m pretty good! So to be able to play with literally the best players in existence is something I can’t wait to be involved in.
“Last years’ experience was awesome. You could feel that united nature of the event, with gamers around the world all coming together for the greater good, and I’m sure it will be the same this weekend. It’s such a good cause, with Gamers Without Borders donating more than $10million to get COVID vaccines to those who need it most, so I’m really delighted to be involved again.”
The big-name pair follow La Liga megastars and World Cup winning footballers Sergio Ramos and Ronaldinho – plus British World Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, and Manchester United attacking-midfielder Jesse Lingard – in taking part in this year’s Gamers Without Borders, which runs until the beginning of August.
All money raised and donated during Gamers Without Borders will go directly to humanitarian organisations leading COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts in the world’s vulnerable nations: UNICEF, Gavi, Direct Relief, the International Medical Corps and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre.