Guild Esports, the British organization co-owned by David Beckham, announced their partnership with Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Difference Makers campaign to create a “net-zero” Fortnite tournament.
About the sustainable tournament
The environmentally neutral Fortnite tournament called “Gaming for Good” will combine Guild Esports’ top talent, content creators and students at their world-first Academy in a competition aiming to highlight the importance of sustainability. The tournament will feature Guild’s talent like Anas “Anas” El-Abd, Georgina “Gee Nelly” Rose Nelson, Henrik “Hen” Mclean and Thomas “TN25” Ngegba.
The tournament will consist of a normal PVP match, albeit with a twist: competitors will be encouraged to cut down as many trees as they can. A tree-o-meter will keep track of their score, and for every tree felled, Difference Makers will plant one in the real world. In addition to this simple exchange, the carbon footprint of the tournament resulting from PC gaming and streaming will be estimated and offset to ensure net-zero environmental impact.
Creating a difference
Participants of the tournament will discuss transferable skills and how gaming can prove a stepping stone on the path to STEM education.
“By working together with Difference Makers, we’re ensuring that sustainability is at the heart of this tournament. The Difference Makers campaign not only demonstrates that gaming can be green, it also 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.”Michelle Tierney, Director of Partnerships at Guild Esports
Speaking about the collaboration, Institute of Engineering and Technology professor Danielle George MBE stated that the future scientists, technicians and engineers who might one day save the world are likely to be found today, gaming in front of their consoles. As STEM and sustainability have become immensely integral to modern life, both parties are proud to be creating the world’s first Fortnite tournament where rather than just fighting to win, players are also striving to make a positive impact on our world.