Gamers Without Borders have announced that they will be hosting an eight-team Dota 2 charity tournament from May 15-17 with a US$1.5 million prize pool that will be donated to coronavirus relief charity foundations.
Two-time The International champions, OG, and last season’s top-ranked squad, Team Secret, headline the list of participating teams. They will be joined by Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Team Nigma, and Virtus.pro.
The winners of the tournament will donate US$750,000 to charity, while the runners-up will donate US$350,000. The third and fourth-place teams will both donate US$100,000, while the fifth to eighth-place teams will donate US$50,000 apiece.
Gamers Without Borders’ charity Dota 2 tournament will be the third event in the organization’s US$10 million International Elite initiative, which aims to help raise awareness for coronavirus relief charity foundations around the world.
Gamers Without Borders’ International Elite charity initiative previously held competitions in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Rainbow Six: Siege. The initiative will be holding three more weekend competitions in other titles until its expected completion date on June 7.
This event will notably be Dota 2’s second charity tournament since the game’s competitive scene was ground to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic in March. The first was WePlay’s WeSave! Charity Save from March 20-26, which featured five regional leagues that helped raise almost US$190,000 for the CEPI and GlobalGiving funds.