North American esports organisation OpTic Gaming and content creator trio TST have announced will host The Off-Season Charity Event, a weekend-long charity festival, on October 15th-16th.
The event will take place at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas. All the proceeds will be donated to Movember in support of charities focused on men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
In addition, The Off-Season Charity Event will feature exclusive merch sales, live auctions and show matches. Specifically, gaming events include a Super Smash Bros. Melee Open Bracket and a Call of Duty: Black Ops invitational, with a collective prize pool of $50,000 (~£44,600). The influencer teams that will take part in the CoD competition are Team Scump, Team Envoy, Team Karma, and Team Killa.
The festival will also present a FIFA 2006 celebrity showmatch. Those who attend will get the chance to attend meet-and-greets with popular content creators and esports pros. This includes Scump, Rambo, Crimsix, Clayster, and Arcitys, to name a few.
Festival sponsors include snack companies Jack Link’s and Pringles. Earlier this year, Envy Gaming extended its partnership with Jack Link’s to include all OpTic Gaming rosters and outfit the teams’ jerseys. Since then Envy Gaming has retired its branding from esports and its name was absorbed into OpTic Gaming.
Another charity event that’s set to take place around the same time is BLAST and Riot Games’ third edition of Spike Nations. The tournament will gather teams from around the world and its prize pool will also be donated to charity.
Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards, Creative Director at OpTic Gaming and TST creator, commented on the event: “I’m really excited about the auctions, the lineup of creators, the tournaments, and our entire production for Off-Season.
“Putting on a retro-themed charity event to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention and men’s health is something we can all get behind.”
Apart from Edwards, the TST trio also consists of CoD esports players Blake Cissel and Jorge Estrada.