YouTube has announced a live exclusive gaming creator tournament slated for Friday, May 29, featuring an all-star gaming enthusiast creator lineup who will battle it out in Call Of Duty: Warzone. The “YouTube Gaming Creator Tournament – Call of Duty®: Warzone” is in partnership with Call of Duty Endowment in honor of Military Appreciation Month and the $100,000 prize pool will benefit the Endowment’s grantee, Hire Heroes USA on behalf of the winning team. On May 22, the Call of Duty Endowment also launched the Fearless Pack in partnership with Medal of Honor recipient and avid Call of Duty player, CPT Florent “Flo” Groberg. 100% of Activision’s net proceeds for the 10-item pack will help veterans find high-quality employment.
The tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. PT on Friday, May 29 and will be livestreamed on the official Call of Duty YouTube channel with graphics, interstitial content, and picture-in-picture views. YouTube creator led teams will battle to be the last one standing during this half-day event. From the comfort of their own homes, each team consists of two players, and team captains Avxry, BasicallyIDoWrk, CouRage, Daithi De Nogla,dellor,Dillon Francis, Marshmello, NoahJ456, Vikkstar and Typical Gamer have each chosen their own team mates for this tournament. Team captains will livestream on their individual channels throughout the tournament in addition to being featured as part of the official Call of Duty livestream.
The tournament consists of two rounds, with the top two teams going head to head for the title. The first round will involve teams playing up to 10 games in three hours, with the top three scores from each team being added up to narrow it down to the final two competing teams. The second round will see these two teams going head to head in two games, with total points being added across both games to declare the winner. The official COD livestream will be hosted by esports commentators Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez and Chris “Puckett” who will be there to provide play-by-plays, highlights, recaps, commentary, and more for viewers.
“As a long time Call of Duty fan and caster, it’s exciting for me that we’re hosting a YouTube gaming creator tournament with the Call of Duty Endowment,” said Ryan Wyatt, head of gaming, YouTube. “We have a unique opportunity to not only entertain fans at home but also give back to an important charity which supports our heroic troops. I can’t lie, I’m a tiny bit jealous I won’t be in the tournament but I’ll definitely be tuning in.”
“I started my YouTube career making Call Of Duty videos over 10 years ago, I thought it was only fitting to join this YouTube Gaming tournament & show the others how it’s done!” said Vikkstar. “But in all seriousness, tournaments like this help bring not only the YouTube community together but also the gaming community as a whole. In times like this, it’s important to stay connected and put on a great show!”
This tournament is a part of YouTube’s commitment to provide high quality and competitive livestream content for gaming fans globally while bringing awareness to important causes. YouTube Gaming is a gaming destination that gives gamers endless ways to enjoy the games they care about and connect with creators and communities that share their same passion. Viewers can find personalized gaming content, the top live games, gaming creators on the rise and trending videos all in one place.