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The tournament is played like no else. It is a true challenge for both players and coaches, as its pace is demanding a lot of focus and energy.
The format is a little bit different from the other tournaments, meaning there is no group stage at all, only Playoffs.
- The playoffs are played according to the single-elimination bracket format.
- The quarterfinals and semifinals are BO3.
- The grand final is a BO5 match
Whats special about Gamers Without Borders
Almost every tournament has a pretty standard storyline – teams get together, they play each other, winner goes home with the largest part of the prize pool. Well, Gamers without borders is quite different.
10 million dollars (yes, you've read that correctly, 10 million USD) is the total sum of the prize pool at this across multiple events. But, the winner doesn't take all of that money – Instead, the best teams get a share of this huge prize pool, which they then get to use for a charity of their choice.
That is one of the things that make this tournament desirable to watch – we are not only playing for fun but the overall improvement of other peoples' lives.
Gamers Without Borders's first event
Gamers without borders first event were held in 2020
Their first tournament lasted from 29th – 31st of May, 2020. It was an online event, considering that there are no arenas that host an audience during Covid-19 time.
Six teams participated in Gamers Without Borders 2020 – NAVI, mousesports, FaZe, OG, fnatic, and G2.
The Prize pool was an astonishing $2,000,000 USD.
After two days of good matches and an amazing experience, the title of Gamers Without Borders 2020 Championship went to NAVI, who defeated mousesports in the finals by 3:2, winning $750,000 USD. They then decided to give this amount to UNICEF, as their charity of choice.