Pokimane, ImaQTpie, Froggen and other streamers will compete in $100k charity LoL tournament Gift the Rift
- Travis Gafford and Captainflowers will host as LoL’s biggest streamers face off
- There are four teams captained by Pokimane, LilyPichu, KayPea and xChocoBars
- Scarra, Voyboy, BoxBox, Xpecial, BunnyFufuu and others will all be competing
- The tournament clashes with the NA LCS semi-final between TSM and Cloud9
This weekend will see a gargantuan event as some of the most popular League of Legends streamers on Twitch will compete against each other in teams, all in the name of charity.
Each of the four teams in the Gift the Rift tournament has had a charity chosen for them by team captain. Those captains are Pokimane, LilyPichu, KayPea and xChocoBars.
The $100,000 (£77k) prize pool is split with half being rewarded for tournament placing and the other half is dished out via a fan vote.
The Gift the Rift tournament pits four teams of Twitch streamers against each other for charity
First place in either the tournament or the fan vote earns the team at $20k donation, while $15k, $10k and $5k are rewarded for second, third and fourth place respectively.
The tournament will be hosted by esports interviewer Travis Gafford and NA LCS shoutcaster Captain Flowers. You can tune into their stream or individual streams for each team.
Pokimane’s charity of choice is St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and joining in her team is BunnyFuFuu, Yassuo, Pimpimenta and Based Yoona.
As for KayPea, she has picked British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) as her team’s charity. She will be playing with Heisendong, Sheviii and the former Dignitas duo of ImaQTpie and Scarra.
The charities were chosen by captains Pokimane (above), LilyPichu, KayPea and xChocoBars.
LilyPichu’s team will also be competing for an animal charity, Last Chance for Animals (LCA). Joining her on Summoner’s Rift will be BoxBox, TheOddOne, Destiny and Xpecial.
Finally we have xChocoBars’ team who will be playing for the Hope For Justice charity. Lining up with her is VoyBoy, PantsAreDragons, Froggen and Adrian.
The tournament will take place at 1pm PDT (BST) on Saturday, Setember 1st. However, this directly clashes directly with the NA LCS playoffs semi-final between Team SoloMid and Cloud9 which starts at the same time.
Aseef Khan, Head of Growth at Swarmio, is well aware of the time clash: ‘We knew NA LCS was happening but we didn’t want to push the timing on this as we realized how excited the streamers were about supporting their causes and getting together for a great event.
‘The focus is on both getting votes and views. We want votes but also are hoping to get millions of viewers.’