MIBR and Fnatic claim ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ glory, as Gamers Without Borders reaches dramatic finale

MIBR and Fnatic claim ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ glory, as Gamers Without Borders reaches dramatic finale
Fnatic claimed victory in the European section of the men’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament at GWB. (Twitter: @gwbps)
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Updated 19 May 2023
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MIBR and Fnatic claim ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ glory, as Gamers Without Borders reaches dramatic finale

MIBR and Fnatic claim ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ glory, as Gamers Without Borders reaches dramatic finale
  • Held virtually by Saudi Esports Federation, the fourth GWB began on April 10 and has hosted five tournaments across four gaming titles
  • Winners defeat ATK and Looking4Org in finals to each earn $600,000 of $2.5 million humanitarian aid prize pool

RIYADH: MIBR have triumphed in the North American section while Fnatic claimed victory in the European section of the men’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament at Gamers Without Borders, the world’s largest charitable esports event.

Held virtually by the Saudi Esports Federation under the banner of “Gaming for Good,” GWB’s CS:GO men’s event brought to a close the elite section of this year’s competition.

The fourth Gamers Without Borders event began on April 10 and has since hosted five tournaments across four major gaming titles: StarCraft II, CS:GO (with separate men and women’s events), Rocket League and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

In the North American section of CS:GO, team MIBR beat ATK 2-0 to claim the biggest share; $600,000 of the charity prize pool of $2.5 million.

MIBR team said: “We are very happy to win this spot in a championship with great teams, and that promises to be one of the best of the year. We worked hard to beat good opponents and had an exciting final against ATK.

“Our performance was good and we were able to show that we are going into the championship to fight among the best teams.”

In the European section of CS:GO, team Fnatic defeated Looking4Org with the same result (2-0) to also pocket $600,000 of the total charity prize pool.

CS:GO player, William “Mezii” Merriman from Fnatic, said: “It feels great to win at GWB. It’s a big confidence-booster for us after a disappointing ending to our major run. Open qualifiers are always a big grind and can be tough without preparation but we all reset well and performed well overall.

“Overall, our mental reset and ability to still have the confidence after the major is the thing that pleased me most about the team. We performed really well in a lot of close games during the qualifier and managed to pull through; shows a lot about our team atmosphere and chemistry to be able to bounce back instantly.”

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Esports Federation chairman, said: “Gamers Without Borders has once again proved the immense power of ‘Gaming for Good,’ providing a platform for elite esports as well as numerous opportunities to improve the lives of people in need across the globe.

“We thank all those involved in this year’s edition of Gamers Without Borders — from the teams, players, support staff and fans, all of whom have played their part in making our world a better place.”

Players and teams participating at GWB’s CS:GO, Rocket League and Rainbow Six Siege tournaments have been participating for a $10 million charity prize pool.

The proceeds from the GWB prize pool will be donated to humanitarian aid partners Direct Relief, IMC, UNICEF, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, World Food Programme and UNHCR. They in turn will direct funds to a variety of urgent humanitarian needs.

GWB winning teams and players from StarCraft II, Rocket League and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege all advance to the finals at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the biggest gaming and esports festival worldwide, which begins from July 6.

A $45 million total prize pool, triple that of Gamers8 last year, is up for grabs for those competing over an eight-week period at the purpose-built arena at Boulevard Riyadh City.