-- Valdus Esports and Alpha7 Esports win Eastern & Western sides of Invitational
-- 32 teams from seven continents competed for shar of $3million charity fund
-- The winning teams donated their prize fund to International Medical Corps, UNICEF, KSA Relief, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and Direct Relief
-- Money will go directly to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in vulnerable nations
July 27: Gamers Without Borders brought the curtain down on six-weeks of elite series gaming with a thrilling four-day finale that saw two worthy winners claim top spot in its highly anticipated, globally-streamed closing battle, the PUBG MOBILE World Invitational powered by Gamers Without Borders.
The tournament saw Thailand’s Valdus Esports crowned champions of the PMWI East division, while Alpha7 Esports of Brazil topped the table in the tournament’s West division.
Their winnings – each the lion’s share of the event’s massive $3million charity fund – were donated directly to multiple charities around the world leading the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, including UNICEF, Direct Relief and Gavi.
Both triumphant teams put on swashbuckling performances across the four days to take first place in their own respective tournaments.
Valdus Esports gave their best with a remarkable start to the PMWI after managing to win top five in all five games of the first day, with two chicken dinners. That marked their relentless desire to dominate the maps of PUBG MOBILE in the tournament. After 20 matches, the Thai team scored 287 total points, 63 ahead of the second-placed Natus Vincere, and the biggest amount of chicken dinners of any team in the West. They also featured the second-highest number of kills, which totalled to 120.
At the end of the intense battle for PMWI East, Brazil's Alpha7 Esports earned the championship by securing their own four chicken dinners and scoring 251 points and 119 kills. Konina Power of Kazakhstan were the West division’s runners-up, finishing second with 227 points and 111 kills. Ruya Gaming from Turkey finished third with 213 points and 108 kills.
As winners, Valdus Esports were gifted $405,000 of the tournament’s charity prize fund – a sum they chose to donate to the International Medical Corps, to support their efforts distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in the world’s most vulnerable nations.
Alpha7 Esports earned $352,500 with their winning performance, and selected UNICEF as their benefitting charity of choice.
A full breakdown of the top performing teams and to whom they donated their winnings can be found in the table below: