YouTube Gaming will lean on some of its most popular content creators to raise $50K USD for charity during VidCon. On Thursday, Jimmy “OJ” Chau, Tim “Ash” Evans, Powerbang Gaming, and more will virtually descend on VidCon to play in an Olympic-style tournament with multiple games being played during VidCon.
Started in 2010 and now organized by ViacomCBS, VidCon is an online video tech conference held annually in Southern California that showcases and celebrates content creators on various platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, and others. Usually a live event held at the Anaheim Convention Center, this year’s conference went online only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. YouTube is the title sponsor this year and the exclusive livestream partner for VidCon.
YouTube’s charity tournament will be a two-hour celebratory event with mobile gaming creators going head-to-head in a duos format playing Brawl Stars, Clash Royale, and PUBG MOBILE. The winners will receive $50K that will go towards a charity of their choice for coronavirus relief. The tournament starts at 2 p.m. EST on VidCon’s YouTube channel Aug. 27.
According to YouTube, this tournament is part of an initiative by the company to provide “high quality and competitive” video content for gaming fans globally while bringing awareness to important causes.
As far as the format for the event, teams will be selected in a draft with predetermined pairings to form three separate duos who will be a team throughout the event. Each creator will be scored individually and the duo with a winning performance collectively across all three games will earn the entire prize pool.
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