Dota fans will be able to catch some of the top teams duke it out for charity from May 15.
Since early on in the pandemic, the esports community has thrown their support behind organisations and charities helping fight COVID-19 on the frontline.
The Gamers Without Borders International Elite series is a $10million USD COVID-19 esports fundraiser supported by ESL. The organisation has partnered with international charities; including UNICEF, The Vaccine Alliance, and Direct Relief to name a few.
They’ve already hosted two tournament events in the series; sending much needed funds and providing plenty of quality distraction for esports fans during lockdown.
Now, the latest title in their tournament series has been announced – Dota 2.
Running May 15-17, the three-day tournament will see eight of the best teams in the DPC go head to head for a $1.5 million USD share of the International Elite series prize pool.
The winning team will pick up $750k USD to donate to a Gamers Without Borders charity of their choice, with the remaining teams splitting the rest of the prize pool.
So who can we expect to see?
Some of the biggest names in the EU and CIS regions will be taking the virtual stage during this online competition. One of the more interesting names on the list is Ninjas in Pyjamas. Former captain Peter ‘PPD’ Dager recently stepped back from competitive play with the team and the rest of the roster was released. NiP picked up Chicken Fighters in April, so it will be interesting to see an all new team playing under the Ninjas banners.
Virtus.pro are another team who’ve seen some major shuffle changes post TI9, with Ramzes leaving for Evil Genius. But the CIS powerhouse sound like they’re looking forward to the upcoming competition.
"Myself and the whole team are happy to participate… we strongly believe in supporting the cause to unite for global charities.” VP’s Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok said, speaking about the team’s appearance in the Gamers Without Borders tournament. “We are looking forward to taking part and hopefully winning so we can donate more money to our chosen charity”.
OG's Ceb also jumped on camera to say a few words about the event.
Here’s the full list of participating teams;
- Team Liquid
- Team Secret
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
Format and schedule
The tournaments format is based around a single elimination bracket. Games begin on Friday May 15 with a series of 4 Bo3 Quarter Finals. Saturday will see the remaining four teams fight it out in the Semi-Finals. Then the last two teams standing face off in a Bo5 Final on Sunday May 17.
Fans across the globe will be able to enjoy the action in multiple languages thanks to localized broadcast feeds in Arabic, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.