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British Army Esports tournament raises almost £2,000 for Combat Stress

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The Heroes Cup, the British Army’s annual esports competition, raised £1,857 for veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

The competition, which is open to all members of the British Army Esports community, including serving personnel, veterans and civilians, saw participants face off across three different games, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League Of Legends and Rocket League.

After a month of enthralling competition, the grand finals were streamed on 13 December from the OverWorld studios in Camberley, Surrey. Team ‘Checkmate’ took home the Rocket League trophy, ‘Carry Potter’ the Counter Strike trophy and ‘Bot Gap’ the League of Legends trophy.

Robert Marsh, our Director of Fundraising, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Army Esports team for making Combat Stress their chosen charity for this year’s Heroes Cup. The event was both incredibly entertaining and fiercely contested, and I would encourage everyone with an interest in gaming to engage with next year’s event.

“The money raised will help us to continue providing our specialist support to veterans with complex mental health problems.”

Lt Col Tim Elliott, Officer in Charge of British Army Esports, said: “One of the key focuses of Army Esports is the community aspect and the drive to look after your mates. As such, mental health is so important and being there for your friends either face to face or online is what mates do.

“If someone needs professional help then Army Esports can help by signposting you to amazing organisations such as Combat Stress. In turn the Army Esports community will support these great charities as they support us.”