Esports is growing at an astronomical rate, with the ever-growing list of titles getting more diverse by the second. The likes of Grandmaster Chess are recognised as one of the richest esports in the world now, and thanks to pioneering organisation 100 Thieves, Uno is heading in a similar direction.
Following on from last year’s tournament, the Los Angeles-based company teamed with close partners Cash App to put on a $350,000 prize pool Uno tournament, featuring 16 of the world’s biggest content creators.
Founder Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, co-founders Jack “Courage” Dunlop and Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, and content creators such as Lugwig Ahgren, Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Leslie “Fuslie” Fu, and more, all traded reverse cards with plus fours. With sixteen teams, one victor was left with a huge $100,000 worth of Bitcoin and a champion’s belt, worthy of a Hulk Hogan walkout.
Getting down to the final two teams, Courage was pitted against the Botez twins, Andrea and Alexandra, with the co-owner coming out victorious.
Throughout the event, Cash App matched the winners’ spoils in terms of revenue with donations to viewers, dishing out waves of $500 cheques to be invested into bitcoin.
On the field though, it was Courage who fended off fierce competition from Nicole “Neeko” Sanchez as well as the runners-up and team Valkyrae. Whilst the antics were high and entertainment rife, Courage’s tactics proved too strong.
Courage’s recent acquisition of stakes within 100 Thieves has seen the former Call of Duty caster turned content creator move from strength to strength. The streamer will now edge his bets back onto Warzone, where he’ll next be competing with Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff, Timothy “TimTheTatman” John Betar, and Dennis “Cloakzy” Lepore