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Producer and talent manager Sam White is hosting a charity Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale tournament, open to anyone who works for an entertainment company, to aid the World Health Organization.
The competition will take place May 8-17 and costs $100 per team.
In correspondence with The Hollywood Reporter, White, who works at streaming platform Caffeine, says he was inspired to create the event because he’s been playing so much Warzone during the lockdown. He adds that using the event to raise funds for WHO felt like the right thing to do.
“I’m not a hardcore gamer, but ever since lockdown began I feel like more and more people are playing to pass the time and connect with friends and colleagues and just spend time virtually together,” says White. The game is free-to-play and part of Activision’s 2019 title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, though players do not need the main game in order to download Warzone itself.
After making a website for the event — which emphasizes that entrants can hold any job from “intern, assistant, co-ordinator, agent, executive, actor, writer, manager, CEO, producer, director, whatever” — White went ahead and invited people to compete in the “Hollywood Warzone Invitational.” So far, executives and assistants from Twitch, CAA, Fullscreen, Ryot, TheFutureParty and Cavalry Media have agreed to play and donate.
“It was my birthday earlier this month and I wanted to do something that was fun and helped out in a way that people could donate their time and money but also take people’s minds off the end of the world,” concludes White.
Click here to view sign-up information (open until 11 p.m. PT on May 7), a FAQ, tournament rules and more.
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