PUBG Corp. has announced in a press release that it will officially be hosting the first major tournament for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS.
This is the first PUBG Tournament being held officially by PUBG Corp. It’s the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 Tournament, and the world’s top 20 professional PUBG teams will compete against each other in Berlin for a total prize pool of $2 Million.
Several regional qualifiers will be held in North America, Europe and Asia regions in July 2018. The match mode will be 4 Man Squads, and top 20 teams qualifying in the regional qualifiers will compete in the finals, which will also be held in July 2018. There will be separate winners for FPP and TPP gameplay. The number of invited teams according to each region are:
- North America — 3 teams
- Europe — 3 teams
- CIS — 2 teams
- China — 2 teams
- South Korea — 2 teams
- Japan — 2 teams
- Asia (outside China, South Korea, and Japan) – 3 teams
- South America/Latin America — 1 team
- Middle East/North Africa — 1 team
- Oceania – 1 team
“The PUBG Global Invitational 2018 is a landmark moment for PUBG Corp. as a showcase of the potential of PUBG esports,” said Changkan Kim, CEO of PUBG Corp.
He continued – “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.”
Several previous professional PUBG tournaments have been held in the past, major ones being the GAMESCOM INVITATIONAL 2017 PUBG Tournament ($350,000 Prize Pool), Intel Extreme Masters Season 12 PUBG Tournament ($200,000 Prize Pool), and more but this is the first official PUBG tournament from PUBG Corp itself. Fans are incredibly excited for this, as this is one of the highest prize-pool tournaments as well.
Problems with earlier tournaments
If you did watch the previous major PUBG tournaments, you probably saw that the viewing experience wasn’t so great. The scoring system was considered flawed by many too, as it seemed to reward players with higher rankings if they survived for longer periods and that resulted in teams camping and not really being aggressive. Brendan Greene too acknowledged this and admitted that changes will be made in the future, as he intends to make PUBG one of the major games on the eSports scene, with tournaments being held in large stadiums.
Some of the changes that analysts want are a better presentation of statistics, observer tools, more ways to showcase the intensity of the action happening, and rewarding players for being aggressive in the start could really make the viewing experience more enjoyable. Hopefully, PUBG Corp will address this in the newer PUBG tournament.