|Homebound does not mean being alone. Fans and pro-athletes are joining together this Friday in an event to connect the world in the fight against COVID-19.
Social distancing means we have to be apart, but games help keep us close together. Facebook Gaming and Greenlit Content announce the kick-off of the #PlayApartTogether Tournament, powered by State Farm and Alienware as part of the World Health Organization’s #PlayApartTogether movement. UMG will be providing production support for the tournament. Joining forces with pro-athletes and celebrities, and players at home, all efforts will go towards raising money and awareness for COVID-19 relief.
The season will kick off on April 17 at 8 pm EST and run to 11 pm EST and will be streamed exclusively on Facebook Gaming at fb.gg/FacebookGaming. Each weekly tournament will award $25,000 USD to a charity chosen by the winning athlete to support ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts. Facebook Gaming’s charity live streaming tools will also be enabled for viewers to support the UNF/WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund Facebook Fundraiser.
Tournaments will happen weekly on Thursday nights going forward and bring together players from the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, and Tennis to play in online games, including: Fortnite, Rocket League, NBA 2K20 and FIFA 20, among others. Facebook Gaming’s newly launched tournaments feature will accompany each livestream, letting fans track participants, brackets and standings all in one spot.
Joining the first tournament on April 17th are the following celebrities:
From the NBA
Andre Drummond JaVale McGee Mikal Bridges
From the NFL
Justin Herbert Christian McCaffrey Jarvis Landry
Ron Killings – WWE’s “R-Truth”
Alex Bregman Lance McCullers
Master P Lil’ Romeo
Jen Selter Avori Henderson Fatal1ty Gen.G (Tina)
The #PlayApartTogether Tournament is part of the broader gaming industry’s ongoing support for the World Health Organization’s Play Apart Together initiative, aimed at helping people stay home, stay connected, and stay informed through gaming. Each week new athletes, celebrities, and games will join the cause to provide compelling content featuring familiar names and games for folks to enjoy while staying home.