The 2 million dollar charity CS:GO tournament by ‘Gamers Without Borders’ which was scheduled to take place over the course of the following weekend, came to an end with Natus Vincere winning the tournament and donating their prize of $750,000 to UNICEF.
CS:GO which was the fifth esports title of the ‘International Elite Tournament Series’ witnessed some of the top teams from around the world go up against each other in a single-elimination bracket, where each match was a best-of-three series except for the grand finale which featured a five-game series. The event also included a show-match between two NA team, Team Liquid and 100 Thieves which was won by 100 Thieves by a ‘2-0’ scoreline.
But the most interesting thing executed at the tournament was the much-debated MR12 with an MR2 as overtime. Instead of going with the traditional MR15, the tournament that was organized by ESL showcased an MR12 format, which could have been an experiment by the organizers to test how feasible the format is in mainstream CS:GO competitive tournaments.
All the matches were pretty great, but the competitiveness seemed to have kicked in along with the semifinals, both of which went down to the wire. The grand finale was also a nail-biter as it went the whole distance right down to the last map with Na’Vi lifting the trophy and each team choosing their respective organizations in order to donate their winnings.
This is how the 2 million dollar prize pool was distributed amongst the participating teams, and which charity organization was selected by each team.
Before this CS:GO charity tournament, events for other gaming titles like PUBG Mobile, Rainbow Six Siege, Dota 2, and FORTNITE, were also played. In the PUBG Mobile tournament, an India based team called TSM-Entity placed second with a total of $1.5 Million being donated by the participating teams.