UK-based children’s charity the NSPCC has partnered with EPIC.LAN, National Student Esports, and SAF to launch the inaugural Game Safe Cup, a free-to-enter EA Sports FC 24 tournament featuring a “creator-led format that will give players the opportunity to play against their favorite online stars,” according to a release.
The new tournament will be part of the organization’s Game Safe Festival, which promises a number of events and activities to celebrate gaming, provide learning opportunities for parents and children, and encourages attendees to support the ongoing efforts of the charity in its mission to create a safer online world for young people.
Registration for the Game Safe Cup will open on Jan. 3, 2024, with further details on how to sign up being released by SAF on X/Twitter. Online qualifiers will officially start Jan. 13, with top competitors earning the opportunity to play in an “all-expense paid live final at Confetti X in Nottingham” from Feb. 10-11. Streamer/content creator participation is facilitated in part by the organization’s Press Play for the NSPCC campaign, which invites streamers to fundraise on its behalf.
NSPCC is a registered charity in the UK whose mission statement is to eliminate child abuse, neglect, and bullying in the region through a number of support programs for both parents and children, lobbying efforts to change laws, and more. The organization claims that “between 2016 and 2021, we helped to make over 6.6 million children safer from abuse.” You can learn more about the work NSPCC does here.
EPIC.LAN is an independent community focused UK LAN company offering “casual games and amateur esports tournaments.” It runs LAN parties of various sizes from 32 – 750 players within the UK, and also works with tournament organizers such as EGX and ESL UK through its white label B2B services.