Recently, Call of Duty League announced the organization of its first Call of Duty: Warzone esports tournament. The Call of Duty community asked for the battle royale to have an official event for ages. But now, other organizations want to use Warzone for their own third-party tournaments. 100 Thieves hoped to organize a charity tournament, Gamers for Equality, before Activision refused permissions to hold it.
100 Thieves Warzone Tournament
This Call of Duty: Warzone tournament was supposed to start on June 18 and last four weeks. More importantly, it was in collaboration with the Gamers for Equality charity. CashApp and JBL already joined as official sponsors of the event. This tournament promised a cash prize of $100 thousand.
Unfortunately, Activision has denied our request to use Warzone for this charity tournament so we'll need to postpone Gamers For Equality. We hope to still host this tournament and are working to find alternative solutions. https://t.co/rZAeYIMCQj
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) June 17, 2020
100 Thieves decided to announce this tournament publicly before a final agreement with Activision. As a result, a few days later, Activision reached out to 100T stating that they can not run with sponsors. In this message, Activision also said that tournaments cannot be monetized. After receiving this news, the 100 Thieves esports team decided to postpone the event.
Nadeshot on Gamers for Equality
100 Thieves founder and CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag took to Twitter with a video explaining what happened. Wanting to organize a Warzone tournament, 100 Thieves searched for sponsors and found CashApp and JBL. Both sponsors wanted to participate because of charity.
Despite this setback, Nadeshot promised fans that 100 Thieves is not giving up. They will look for another game to run the tournament on. The funds promised to the Gamers for Equality charity will be given, no matter what needs to be done. He also stated in the video that he completely understands Activision’s position.
Wanted to take a minute to clear up what happened with 100 Thieves, CashApp and Activision earlier today in regards to our $100,000 Gamers for Equality tournament. pic.twitter.com/d51EgZwFiM
— 100T Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) June 17, 2020
However, since the 100 Thieves charity tournament was created for a just cause with Gamers for Equality, some believe that the authorization should have been given nonetheless. The community will expect Activision to come up with a charity event to replace what was denied.
Esports is a great way to support noble causes, helping fight COVID-19. Even if the 100 Thieves charity tournament with Gamers for Equality will not proceed as planned, players can still have big expectations for the next few weeks.
Written by Charles Fuster