Strap yourselves in! Superstar DJ/producer Nicky Romero to launch charity esports festival Gamers Without Borders’ $10million elite series with epic virtual concert

-- World-famous Dutch artist will take to the decks to a global audience of millions

-- Hour-long set will mark the opening of Gamers Without Borders’ elite series

-- Elite tournaments will see world’s best esports athletes compete for $10million

-- All of that money will be donated to charities for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

June 12: Superstar DJ/producer Nicky Romero is set to explode through speaker-systems worldwide after being announced as the headline act of Gamers Without Borders’ official launch concert.

The tour de force DJ – one of the most influential artists of his time, who has led at the forefront of dance music over the last decade – will perform a sense-tingling virtual set to mark the opening of the $10million charity esports festival’s elite series tournaments next Saturday, June 19th.

To be streamed live on the Gamers Without Borders’ YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels, the free-to-watch gig will see the DJ/producer smash through a catalogue of massive tracks as the nine-week summer gaming extravaganza celebrates the first of its six-weeks of elite level action getting underway.

While the gaming title for the festival’s opening series remains under wraps, fans are promised an entire day of live esports action featuring some of the world’s biggest teams and franchises in the lead-up to the concert, which will start at 9.30pm AST (8.30pm CET).

Nicky Romero said: “Time to go to work! Over the last year I’ve been keeping the music going with my ‘demo:drops’ livestream, but this set will be something on a whole different level from that – this will be a proper party, and to an audience who I know love to have some fun, so I can’t wait for Saturday!”

The hit-maker’s set will also raise the curtain on Gamers Without Borders’ entertainment schedule – something brand new to the festival for 2021. Fans will be able to tune in to live talk shows packed with A-list celebrity appearances, listen to podcasts about their favourite gamers, enjoy virtual meet and greets, participate in challenges, activities and even attend more live gigs!

Amongst those new additions will be Among the Elite: a weekly focus on Gamers Without Borders’ weekly highlights, with virtual studio experts discussing crazy plays, dissecting curious and special moments and analysing the festival’s biggest matches.

The Gaming Night is another new addition and will be a weekly 30-minute magazine show with a casual and light-hearted approach to esports and gaming – think pro-players, influencers and celebrities sitting around chatting and laughing, with the odd fun game thrown in too!

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, chairman of organisers the Saudi Esports Federation, said: “This year’s Gamers Without Borders’ is so much bigger than last year’s debut in so many ways – and our entertainment schedule away from the live gaming itself is absolutely one of those areas we’ve grown!

“This year’s festival aims to be ground zero for gamers all summer long, with endless entertainment that they can throw themselves into or just enjoy watching. Nicky Romero will start all of that next Saturday, so it’s definitely a date to get in the diary!”

This year’s second edition of Gamers Without Borders’ began last week with its opening community tournaments: an open-to-all online battleground for gamers of all abilities to take part in tournaments, marathons and individual matches across a whole raft of games, including Fortnite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, PUBG MOBILE and Clash Royale.

Its world-famous $10million elite series will begin on the day of next Saturday’s concert and is where the world’s best esports athletes, teams and franchises go head-to-head for a share of the festival’s mammoth charity prize-fund – money they then donate directly to humanitarian organisations leading the fight against COVID-19.

This year being held under the theme of ‘No One Left Behind’, all that money – plus viewer and gamer donations – will go towards vaccine distribution to those living in the world’s most vulnerable nations.