One of grime’s biggest artists and an e-sports organisation are combining to offer most teenager’s dream career – to become a professional gamer.
Grime rapper P Money (pictured above) from New Cross is teaming up with e-sport organisation LDN UTD to offer grassroots gamers a route to becoming professional players and to help stop knife crime in the capital with the campaign #GrimeAgainstKnives.
The event at Lewisham Shopping Centre on June 27 is a trial that gives the best young gamers in London the chance to sign for LDN UTD and take the journey to become professionals.
Players will compete on PCs against each other and grime artists with everything streamed live via Twitch. Successful players will land the opportunity to become part of LDN UTD’s Apex Legends team.
LDN UTD says it is aiming to help tackle the various issues affecting London youth, including knife crime, and promote equality through e-sports.
P Money said: “Big up LDN UTD for giving a chance for young gamers to show their skills, hangout and do something positive with their time.
“Grime and gaming go hand in hand, both having strong communities. I still love gaming and would have played professionally if knew how to when I was young, but now LDN UTD are giving out those opportunities.
“I’m looking forward to the event, especially since it’s in Lewisham Shopping Centre on the 27th.”
Oliver Weingarten, CEO of LDN UTD said: “As a grassroots e-sports organisation, we are aiming to provide opportunity and accessibility to gamers of all backgrounds and the chance to further a career in gaming, while aligning with societal benefits; whether that be on education around health, nutrition or life skills.
“We want people to get off the streets, get educated and get gaming.
“We’re very excited about this tournament, especially due to the momentum we have built from our Fortnite tryouts.
“It will be fantastic to see the hottest stars in grime playing side by side with potentially some of the best Apex Legend players LDN has to offer.
We are also grateful for the support from P Money.”
To take part, pre-register by going to www.ldnutd.gg