• James Kinch

Challengermode and Opera GX set up "world's first" grassroots eSports organisers fund

The eSports platform, Challengermode has teamed up with Opera (more specifically, their GX variation which is meant for users who play games) to create what they call a “world’s first grassroots eSports fund”. The fund is being set up to assist emerging eSports organisers in the UK, USA and Germany.

Their current plan is to give assistance by giving organisers a sizable prize pool for tournaments that they host. The partnership hopes that giving organisers a way to offer a larger prize pool may keep up engagement for smaller organisations to develop into larger ones.

Philip Hübner, Chief Business Development Officer at Challengemode said that “because of the evolving nature of the esports space local and third-party efforts organisations are often fragmented, underfunded, and lack the polish you’d expect from an established sport. These are pain points we want to eliminate with this fund, empowering esports organizers to easily create their own dedicated space for their community, reducing their costs and giving players a respectable prize pool.”

Marciej Kocemba, Product Director of Opera GX added that “A total of $30,000 will be distributed to the various organisers through the fund, with external platform support provided by Challengermode to streamline setting up tournaments and competitions.”

It isn’t clear how exactly that money will be distributed as the release does not back-up what Hübner has said about “create their own dedicated space for their community, reducing their costs…” and so we may have to wait longer to see how the fund is used in practice.

Their current focus will be on Valorant, CS:GO, League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics.

If you are interested in applying for the fund, click here.