Pros join esports tournaments to raise money for COVID-19 relief

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sporting events are on pause while the coronavirus pandemic progresses, and we don’t know when the basketball, baseball and hockey seasons will pick up again.

At least video games are one way for some sports entertainment, and now, there are a couple live charitable tournaments of note.

The NBA, its players union and video game publisher 2K Sports are partnering to create an NBA 2K Tournament that will feature a field of 16 NBA players. The participants include Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker. 

Durant and Mitchell were diagnosed with COVID-19, and Mitchell has since been cleared. Durant is symptom-free, according to the Nets. 

Players only -- 16 NBA players will compete head to head in the NBA 2K Players Tournament. First Round starts this Friday on ESPNTweet #NBA2KTourney to tell us who you got as the best 2K player https://t.co/vGw6TgbqB8

— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) March 31, 2020

The tournament will start Friday and run through April 11, televised on ESPN and ESPN2. The winner will get to select a charity to receive a $100,000 donation that is helping coronavirus relief efforts.

Meanwhile, an eight-player Madden NFL 20 Tournament featuring the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson starts Wednesday night on Twitch. 

--@TheCheckdown X Madden 20 Tournament Kicks Off Tomorrow!Streamed Live on https://t.co/U30gHYxaWX #StayandPlay pic.twitter.com/2poPdV1YKG

— Madden NFL 20 #StayandPlay (@EAMaddenNFL) March 31, 2020

The NFL Foundation and video game company EA will donate money to COVID-19 relief charities.