The Gamers Without Borders $2 million charity event concluded last night as Navi were able to win the BO5 grand-final 3:2 over mousesports.
The event took place from May 29th – May 31st and featured a maxrounds 12 format, something that has not been seen for many years. Based on their comments, the players did not seem overly fond of this format, but I think an event like this was the perfect opportunity to try it out, and I don’t think anyone took any real issue with it.
Due to time constraints, the Gamers Without Borders event went straight into a playoff bracket, with Mousesports and Natus Vincere being placed in the semi-finals. This meant that that quarter-finals saw Faze up against G2, where they were able to win 2:0 and OG taking the win against Fnatic, also 2:0.
Both teams that were placed in the semi-finals were able to beat the teams coming up from the quarter-finals, resulting in a mousesports vs Navi grand-final.
Navi looked extremely dominant on the first two maps, being able to shut down an attempted comeback on the second map. They lead the series 2:0 only to just fall short from a quick 3:0 victory. This allowed mousesports to get back into the series and take it all the way to the 5th map. In the end, the series couldn’t have been any closer, as Navi won the last map in overtime, taking the series 3:2.
Mirage – 13:11 Navi
Dust2 – 13:3 Navi
Nuke – 13:11 Mousesports
Train – 13:10 Mousesports
Inferno – 15:12 Navi
Gamers Without Borders Charity Donations
Navi, Faze, G2, and Fnatic all donated their portion of the $2 million towards UNICEF, amounting to $1.1 million.
Navi – $750,000
Faze – $150,000
G2 – $100,000
Fnatic – $100,000
“UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.”
Mousesports chose to donate their share of the prize money to ITU, contributing $500,000.
“ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.”
OG allocated DirectRelief to be the recipients of their $150,000 donation.
“Direct Relief works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people.”
Everyone involved deserves a special thanks for contributing their time towards some very good causes!