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Esports Event Powered by Cox & Practice Server Raised $42K+ to Battle Rare Genetic Diseases

1 Mar, 2021


Cure Rare Disease (CRD), the emerging nonprofit biotech organization on a mission to develop precision medicine for rare genetic diseases, has received a donation of over $40,000 that was fundraised during the Cox Elite Gamer Holiday Charity Tournament featuring Fortnite® that took place in late 2020. 

Cox, the largest private telecom company in America, joined arms with Practice Server, Fortnite’s leading tournament administration and production team, to produce a seasonal gaming event for good on their Elite Gamer platform that attracted more than 5,000 players, including noteworthy industry influencers like Stretch, Illest, Arab, Sayt, and more. Elite Gamer is Cox’s new gaming service that enhances the gaming experience for PC gamers, improving the connection between servers and players across all Cox markets. 

The game mode of choice was Duos, as every elimination earned each team a point, and higher placements were able to earn progressively more points (up to 25) for a Victory Royale. The event was open to everyone – professionals and casual gamers alike – and proved to be a fun and easy way to socially distance while giving back to the great cause of supporting the rare disease community.

Challenges entailed winning the tournament, most eliminations, best placement, longest team alive, and most points accrued in a single game. Rewards for the top five teams offered $5,000 in cash prizes plus coveted items like respawn chairs for players, and an Asus Bundle Package including an Rt Ax82U, Scope Keyboard, Gladius II Core Mouse, and a Sheath BLK Mousepad.

“On behalf of Cure Rare Disease, we are so grateful for Cox’s generosity and partnership in being the title sponsor for the holiday charity tournament and for Practice Server who executed the event flawlessly,” remarked Rich Horgan, Founder & President of CRD. “Moreover, I’m grateful for the generosity of the entire Fortnite community who participated across the board. We entered the esports space earlier this year as a virtual means to raise awareness of rare disease among the esports population while helping to reach our fundraising goals. We have been astounded by the tremendous support we’ve received from the gaming community and its industry leaders who continue to show their dedication to our cause.” 

About the Cure Rare Disease

Cure Rare Disease is transforming possibilities for people with rare neuromuscular disease by fast-tracking customized therapeutics in time to save lives. Together with a collaborative of leading researchers and clinicians, we are forging a new path to expedite individualized genetic corrections from clinical research to cure, and help patients with devastating degenerative conditions who need interventions--now. Our community of forward-thinking families, patients, scientists and supporters is moving the future of medicine to the forefront, today. Our discoveries and methods could help millions of individuals with rare diseases of all types. Cure Rare Disease is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more and get involved: www.cureraredisease.org.

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