Athletes and celebs join #PlayApartTogether weekly tournaments for charity

NBA, NFL, WWE and MLB stars join gamers in the fight against COVID-19 in #PlayApartTogether tournaments.

Tonight the first #PlayApartTogether tournament will pit athletes and celebrities against each other in a weekly series of games to raise money for COVID-19 relief charities.

The tournaments will be hosted on Facebook Gaming every Friday at 8pm EST as part of the World Health Organization's wider movement to encourage people to stay at home to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The #PlayApartTogether initiative has prompted companies such as Sony, Blizzard and Ubisoft to provide free games and in-game rewards to keep people busy during global lockdowns. Even Kim Kardashian West's mobile game is doing its part.

For the #PlayApartTogether tournament, each week athletes and influencers from across the sports and gaming worlds will compete to win $25,000 to be awarded to a COVID-19 relief charity chosen by the victor.

This Friday's tournament will feature athletes such as the NBA's Andre Drummond and JaVale McGee; NFL stars Justin Herbert, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Burrow and Jarvis Landry; WWE's "The Truth" Ron Killings; MLB fielders Alex Bregman and Lance McCullers; and five-time PGA tour winner Bryson DeChambeau.

All of these sports heroes will be joined by heroes of the gaming world Jen Selter, Avori Henderson and Quake legend Fatal1ty as they face off in a series of All-Star charity challenges on games including Valorant, Fortnite, Forza Horizon 4 and FIFA.

To help viewers keep up with the action, the #PlayApartTogether tournaments will be broadcast through Facebook Gaming's recently announced Tournaments functionality, which the company moved into early access as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified to provide entertainment support for people stuck at home.

The first #PlayApartTogether tournament will kick off tonight at 8pm EST on Facebook Gaming, with new tournaments every Friday night.

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