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Kombat for a Kause Is Raising Money to Defeat COVID-19

If Mortal Kombat has taught us anything over the years, it’s that kombatants will compete for any number of reasons. Either to prove something to themselves, to get revenge for a family wrong, or because they’re a giant monster thing that just likes tearing people’s spines out. You know, the normal reasons. But, as it turns out, Mortal Kombat can also help those in need. (The game, we mean; actually fighting to the death helps no one.) That’s why we’re excited to take part in Kombat for a Kause, a week-long tournament to raise money to help fight COVID-19.

From 2:00pm to 4:00pm ET from April 20-25, professional gamers, celebrities, and “Kontent Kreators” will take part in an elimination-style bracket tournament of Mortal Kombat 11. The first player to three wins per match will move on. It’s that simple. Celebrities like Ronda Rousey, Jason Mewes, Dimitri ‘Vegas’ Thivaios, are all going to pick up a controller and virtually annihilate each other all for the benefit of the United Nations Foundation. The UNF is working round the clock to kombat the koronavirus; the least you could do is watch a live stream and help out.

Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.

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Our own Dan Casey will take part in the battle. He’s been limbering his thumbs and working on his finishing moves to do his part in the tournament. Dan will compete on Thursday, April 23, and he’s really hoping you’ll watch and cheer him on. Does Mortal Kombat generally have a cheering section? Are people in bleachers yelling “Go Ermac” or whatever? Well, you can be that for Dan if you log in and watch.

You can watch on Facebook, by heading to Facebook.com/gaming/mortalkombat.

Mortal Kombat 11 is the newest entry in the long-running and uber-popular fighting video game franchise in which super skilled and super powered individuals fight to the death to appease various elder gods. With its trademark Fatalities and Brutalities, the game has garnered a supremely faithful base of fans.

Join Dan, watch some fighting, and help kick COVID’s butt.

Featured Image: NetherRealm Studios

Kyle Anderson is the Senior Editor for Nerdist. You can find his film and TV reviews here. Follow him on Twitter!