Guild Esports, a British esports organisation which is co-owned by former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham, has partnered with the Difference Makers campaign to launch a net-zero Fornite tournament.
David Beckham’s Esports organisation Guild Esports has partnered with Difference Makers to host the world’s first totally carbon neutral Fortnite tournament.
The closed tournament, which kicks off on Friday, August 27 2021, will feature some of Guild’s best professional Fortnite players and biggest content creators, who will go up against Guild’s young academy students, with participants discussing transferable skills and how a love of gaming can be a gateway into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths).
The Difference Makers campaign is an initiative from the IET, the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The digital and social campaign aims to get young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, and they are working with Guild to inspire youth audiences outside of the STEM bubble and promote sustainability by craft a Fortnite tournament with a difference.
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Fortnite is a hugely popular video game that has over 350 million registered players worldwide as of April 2020.
The most popular version of the game is Fortnite Battle Royale, which has seen the game become a truly global phenomenon, the mode is player-versus-player for up to 100 players, who are able to play on their own or in teams, with the winner being the last player or team standing.
Earlier this month, singer Ariana Grande performed an in-game Fornite concert called Rift Tour, which was viewed my millions of people worldwide.
Harvesting wood is a fundamental part of Fortnite, with players able to gather materials to construct structures that may give them an advantage against other players.
But, in the Guild and Difference Makers Fortnite tournament, for every in-game tree cut down, Difference Makers will be planting one in real life.
And Guild say that the estimated carbon footprint of the tournament, which involves running gaming PCs and streaming it out to the world, will be offset, to ensure a net-zero environmental impact.
Guild’s world-championship winning Fortnite stars Hen and Anas, will be joined by content creators Gee Nelly and TN25, to take part in the tournament.
Ahead of the tournament, Mirror Sport caught up with Guild’s Variety Game Streamer Georgina Nelson, known on Twitch, YouTube and other platforms as Gee Nelly, to discuss the net-zero tournament and its importance.
“When I first heard about it, I was like, this is such a unique and cool idea,” Gee Nelly told Mirror Sport.
“So we chop down trees in Fortnite…and it was really cool because two of the content creators played two of the pro players. So it was like a really good dynamic, because we obviously tried to chop down the trees, and the pro players try to like actually win, you know!
“We definitely should bring more kind of unique ideas like that into the gaming world.
“I think we’re the first actual generation to properly understand stuff and be able to use our platforms.
“Not even as a content creator, I follow so many people on Twitter, just for information and stuff. There’s a lot of fans I follow for information because they just word stuff really well.
“So when I did my charity stream, I did a stream for 10 hours where I just kind of played information.
“And it got like, 5000-6000 views and just something as small as that to like relay information to all those people, even if it just helps one person, you know, I think that’s one of the amazing things with this industry.”
IET President Professor Danielle George MBE said: “The future scientists, technicians and engineers, who might one day save the world are likely to be found today – in front of their consoles.
“With STEM and sustainability so integral to modern life, we’re proud to be creating the world’s first Fortnite tournament where players are fighting for more than just the win; they’re also fighting to make a positive impact on the world around them.
“Partnering with Guild was the ideal choice for this initiative, with their Esports expertise and sustainable initiatives within the organisation.”
Guild’s Director of Partnerships Michelle Tierney, said: “By working together with Difference Makers, we’re ensuring that sustainability is at the heart of this tournament.
“Difference Makers doesn’t just demonstrate that gaming can be green but shows us how the visionaries of the world can be found in unexpected places.
“As an Esports organisation co-owned by David Beckham, we understand the importance of an academy structure and the educational benefits for young people as they’re developing.
“We’re proud to be educating the next generation with the skills to understand the critical importance of sustainability for our future.”