In what’s being billed as the UK’s first ever in-real-life (IRL) live sports event hosted by Twitch Rivals, the event plans to bring together world-famous Twitch partners and streaming stars – including the likes of True Geordie (253k Twitch followers), Behzinga (305k Twitch followers), and Calfreezy (3.81 million YouTube subscribers).
Teams will go head-to-head in a round-robin football tournament with a guaranteed $50,000 going to the Alan Shearer Foundation that supports disabled children and adults.
The tournament will be streamed live on Twitch, the world’s largest live-streaming service, offering players the opportunity to engage directly with fans as the action happens. Star streamers will provide punditry on their rivals matches straight from the sidelines, speaking from a central broadcast desk. Each team will also have its own dedicated stream station where their players can engage with fans through interactive and call-to-action moments to inspire charitable donations.
Explaining his motivations behind the event, TrueGeordie said:
“I’ve always wanted to create a charity event, so to be able to do it with all my mates and raising money for my hero and the Alan Shearer Foundation is a dream come true.
“The work the Alan Shearer Centre does in the North East is vital for so many people, especially children. I hope this is the start of something special and people enjoy the show!”
Twitch Rivals is a series of competitive gaming events featuring some of the world’s famous streamers, celebrities and also up-and-comers, competing head-to-head across several of the biggest games on Twitch.
While Twitch has a strong heritage in gaming, non-gaming content has also quadrupled on the service in the last three years with sport one of the strongest new verticals.
The stream will go live at 3pm UK GMT 9 December on the Twitch Rivals channel: https://www.twitch.tv/twitchrivals
Full list of confirmed players:
- Harry Wroetoshaw (1.1m Twitch followers)
- WillNE (4.57 million Youtube subscribers)
- Cam Kirkham (242k Youtube subscribers)
- ImAllexx (155k Twitch followers)
- Spencer Owen (234k Twitch followers)
- Smiv (123k Youtube subscribers)
- StatmanDave (14.4k Twitch followers)
- Pieface (634k Twitch followers)
- Calfreezy (3.81m Youtube subscribers)
- Behzinga (305k Twitch followers)
- Reev (831k Youtube subscribers)
- True Geordie (253k Twitch followers)
- Elliot Hackney (21.3k Youtube subscribers)
- Laurence McKenna (The Kick Off – 411k Youtube subscribers)
- Rory Jennings (The Kick Off – 411k subscribers)
- Adam McKola (121k Youtube subscribers)
- Buvey (17.2k Youtube subscribers)
- Thogden (737k Youtube subscribers)
- Spraggy (132k Twitch followers)