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Shopify CEO donates $25K to StarCraft 2 tournament

This weekend, with some of the world’s best Starcraft 2 professionals facing off against each other at the HomeStory Cup XX, Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke has decided to match the tournament’s $25K prize pool, making a grand total of $50K up for grabs.

Lutke is no stranger to the StarCraft world, as he offered Ryoo “SeleCT” Kyung Hyun an internship via Twitter last year after the player posted about his search for a software engineering internship for summer 2020. Lutke founded Shopify in 2004, the company is now worth nearly $42.3 billion and is worth more than Twitter, Snap, Square, and Lyft, according to recent financial reporting.

HomeStory Cup XX is a grassroots tournament organized by TakeTV that started on Thursday with players fighting it out over the course of three days to hopefully be crowned champion on Sunday. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Berlin-based tournament and will see players from Korea, Brazil, and Europe competing for the now $50K prize pool.

The tournament has also partnered with Matcherino and Blizzard Entertainment, which undoubtedly helped get the word out about the tournament, as well as provide some pretty cool merchandise bundles for players and fans alike.

25% of all proceeds from the tournament will go to the SoCal Bulldog Rescue Group in memoriam of Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson, a streamer, esports commentator, and former professional StarCraft player who unfortunately passed away from a sudden illness in July of this year.

You can watch the entire broadcast of the event from TakeTV’s Twitch channel as Dennis ‘TaKe’ Gehlen will serve as host for the show as they take you alongside all of the top tier StarCraft II talents and players the tournament has to offer.

INnoVation, Serral, and Zest have all made it to the Winners’ Round 2, while Cure and Reynor are yet to compete for the next open slot.