PUBG Corp., the company responsible for the famous battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, announced that it will be hosting the first official esports tournament in the summer of this year.
According to a report by Polygon, The PUBG Global Invitational 2018 will feature 20 teams fighting for a $2 million USD prize pool this summer in Berlin, Germany. The event will be held from July 25 to July 29 and teams will be selected through regional qualification matches hosted in North America, Europe and Asia throughout July.
The first two days of the event, July 25 and 26 will feature squad matches in third-person perspective, with the first-person perspective squad matches being hosted on July 28 and 29. Two teams will be declared winners, one for each perspective mode.
“The PUBG Global Invitational 2018 is a landmark moment for PUBG Corp. as a showcase of the potential of ‘PUBG’ esports,” PUBG Corp. CEO Changhan Kim said. “The team at PUBG Corp. is working tirelessly to ensure that the PGI 2018 exemplifies the pinnacle of ‘PUBG’ competition and brings to life all of the excitement, tension and exhilaration of the highest level of ‘PUBG’ play, not only to the fans attending the PGI 2018, but also those watching at home.”
The 1st LAN event for PUBG was hosted at Gamescom of 2017, but PUBG Corp. will be hosting the PGI 2018 themselves. This previous introduced limited time cosmetic crates and fans expect something similar to be released around the time of the next event.
A replay system has been in the works for several months now which aims to improve the viewing experience. This will allow commentators to focus on the action and provide detailed live commentary.
Details about ticket pricing, venues and qualifier matches will be announced at a later date.