We would like to give a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the Dota 2 professional teams, casters, and especially the community who volunteered their time, generously donated to the cause, or just stopped by our live stream to participate with us. We ended up officially raising $3,420 for Save the Children’s “Gaming Tuesday” event on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 through our live streamed charity Dota 2 tournament! Furthermore, thanks to the generosity of the Dota 2 community, we ended up raising the most money out of all of Gaming Tuesday’s participants that night. We received the following message from Ettore Rossetti, Senior Director at Save the Children:
“We are so thrilled that eSports.US participated in #GamingTuesday 2016. They were one of our top fundraisers for a second straight year! Their efforts resulted in nearly $7,000 of funding impact to support our mission for children in the US and around the world.”
Senior Director, Social Business Strategy & Innovation. Save the Children
Four well-known Dota 2 professional teams from the Americas (Doo Wop, FDL, Infamous, and Team Freedom) agreed to join us on Tuesday to battle it out in our best-of-three single-elimination Reverse Captains Mode charity tournament to raise money for Save the Children. This meant that each team would draft heroes for the opposing team to play. The hilarity ensued as viewers got to watch nontraditional team compositions—such as 5 support heroes versus 5 carry heroes—played at the professional level. A huge congratulations to FDL who beat both Doo Wop (2-0 in Series 2) and Infamous (3-2 in Finals) to win our charity tournament. They earned a $500 prize, and also a $500 donation to Save the Children in their team name. (Note: Both amounts were provided by eSports.US and not from any money raised during the event.)
Additionally, we wanted to reward our viewers with giveaways that we provided as a big ‘thank you’ for joining our event. We gave away one limited edition autographed ixmike88 8×10 photo, one 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, and four $20 Steam gift cards to lucky viewers. In between matches, we also hosted three 1V1 mid-only games for 3 lucky viewers to play against a pro Dota 2 player–and surprise, all three amateur players won!
Finally, we would like to give a special thanks to our casters and coordinators throughout the event who really made this event possible and entertaining to watch: Zach “zrock” Rock, Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner, Grant “GranDGranT” Harris, Nick “breakycpk” Caras, Richie “VTMDota”, and Quinn “CCnCDotA2” Callahan.