Crosshairs aimed at Covid-19 as charity gaming tournament gives aid to those in need

Published July 22, 2020, 12:00 PM

by Jules Vivas

Players compete for a cause with this first-ever gaming
campaign by a 15-year-old

Young competition organizer, Kyler Hewitt Sy

After seeing how drastic the negative economical, social, and psychological impacts of the worldwide pandemic on many of us, Kyler Hewitt Sy created Scope for Change, a gaming tournament that aims to contribute to the Filipino community.

“As an avid gamer, I thought of translating my passion for e-sports to something more meaningful. That was the beginning of my Scope for Change Charity Tournament idea,” the 15-year-old teenager told Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. He opened the call for registration on his birthday, June 28, as way of celebrating and giving back to society.

Kyler had put together the competition featuring the multiplayer first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO). Sixteen teams of five players each were pitted against one another for a good cause. Major portions of the prize pool that amounts to P80,000 will be distributed to the winning groups and their own selected beneficiary.

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The tournament uses a single elimination format that runs for three hours. First held on the weekends July 17 to 19, it will be held one more time on the weekend of July 24 to 26. The champion receives P40,000, the second placer gets P20,000, and third to fourth finishers will take home P10,000. The prize money will be divided in a 3:1 ratio for the charity and team respectively.

“I am strongly considering expanding to host other games, all for charity, to help improve more lives. At its barest essence, all this transpired because of my steadfast and fervent passion for helping people while having fun,” says Kyler in response to the overwhelming support toward his initiative. “More than 20 teams registered in the first week, and unfortunately I had to reject some as the slots were already full. Scope for Change has taught me that human nature, specifically Filipinos, have a golden heart and will jump at any opportunity to lend a helping hand. It proves how many interested and generous gamers there are.”

The pot money was donated by sponsors Asus, Republic of Gamers, Logitech, JBL Quantum, and Adata.

Kyler shares his belief that e-sports should observe the same discipline and competitive spirit as traditional sports. “With hope, this project will also enable e-sports to draw more parallels with traditional sports. It’s more than just a game that kids play,” he concludes.