Torque Esports Corp.’s esports tournament and broadcast operations group, UMG Media Ltd. has partnered with FaZe Clan to create an online Call of Duty: Warzone Pro-AM tournament to raise funds for groups impacted by COVID-19.
Entitled #Fight2Fund, UMG is handling all tournament and broadcast operations/logistics for the competition taking place today at 3:00pm EST. The stream will be distributed onto FaZe Clan’s official Twitch channel, UMG’s channel and the individual players’ feeds.
Sixteen teams of three will play in a bracket-style tournament consisting of streamers, music artists, celebrities and more such as Ben Simmons and Juju Smith-Schuster, plus FaZe Clan members Nickmercs, FaZe Apex, FaZe Temperrr and other gamers.
Torque Esports’ streaming gaming data analytics experts Stream Hatchet has reported a dramatic percent increase in gaming live streaming viewing since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus – in February this year more than 116 million more hours of content was watched compared to last year.
“More than ever, gaming will be a driving force of entertainment in light of the many industry shutdowns,” says Lee Trink, CEO, FaZe Clan.
“We can create a large amount of collective good and raise funds to support local strained organizations and charities impacted by coronavirus.”
Funds that will be donated to local charities selected by the winning team and raised by the community, FaZe Clan, Call of Duty and Softgiving.
“People are starved of entertainment options at the moment and more and more are turning to live streaming of competitive gaming as part of the massively growing “stay at home economy” that the virus outbreak has created,” Torque Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox said.
“As part of that streaming and gaming industry, the chance to team up with FaZe clan to make a contribution to the wider community like this is the least we can do. Everyone’s lives are being dramatically impacted at the moment and it was important for Torque Esports and UMG to do our part to help and give back.”