UK pro Fortnite player Benjyfishy, Arsenal footballer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and streamer TheGrefg finished runners-up in a charity Fortnite tournament.
Combat Gaming brought together celebrities, athletes, content creators and pro players including musician James Arthur and more, to compete in Fortnite for $50,000 that will be donated to a charity or cause of their choice.
Combat Gaming is a new gaming collective and membership club launched by 38 Entertainment, co-owners of Ellevens Esports alongside footballer Gareth Bale.
In 2020 the team launched Combat Corona to raise urgent funds during the beginning of the global pandemic. The first event saw 1.2m live viewers tune in to watch footballers Gareth Bale, Paulo Dybala, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount and more compete in a FIFA 20 tournament to raise money for UNICEF.
The overall winners of the event – including UK player Higgsy – were:
The second event saw 1.9m viewers watch a star-studded lineup including Vikkstar123 (who recently quit Warzone), Ed Westwick, Caspar Lee and Trent Alexander-Arnold battle it out in Call of Duty: Warzone to raise money for Direct Relief. Over $25,000 was raised across the two events.
Combat Gaming has four events spanning different games planned for 2021 with the first event featuring Fortnite. The tournament was played in teams of three with celebrities, content creators and pro players joining forces.
Amongst the matchups included Chelsea and England’s Mason Mount, Excel Esports’ Wolfiez, the youngest UK player to win $1m in Fortnite, and footballer Nathan Wood.
The $50,000 prize pool was split between the top three teams, with the money going to the players’ choice of charity or cause.
The top 5 in the standings were as follows:
The full line-up included:
Celebrities: Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Daniel James, Trevoh Chalobah, James Arthur, James TW, Nas Majeed, Manuel Lanzini, Luigi Gaspar
Content Creators: Grefg, Demisux, TurntDaisy, Manny Brown, Papi Blast, Vohlii, M1lk (Piece Control Kyle), Melebu, Kaidoz2, H11GGSY, MrBuba, Pulga, By Post, Ryft, Nicks, Harmii, Tiko, Rana Crofts
Pro Players: BenjyFishy, Wolfiez, Milan, Endretta, Kinzell, Magin, Slick, Teeq, Blackoutz, JannisZ, Steelix, Vadeal, Kejser, Nikof, Airwaks, Hawkers, LG Joji, Co1azo
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