This summer, esports welcomes a new battle royale tournament.
The PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Global Invitational 2018 will see 20 teams compete for glory and a $2 million prize pool. Set for July 25-29 in Berlin, the tournament will be the first major PUBG tournament officially hosted by PUBG Corp.
PUBG running the show
The event will see PUBG Corp as the main organizer, not an outside tournament organizer like ESL.
“The PUBG Global Invitational 2018 is a landmark moment for PUBG Corp. as a showcase of the potential of PUBG esports,” said PUBG CEO Changhan Kim in the press release. “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 20 participating teams will go through regional qualifiers hosted in North America, Europe, and Asia. These are also slated for July.
The July 25 and 26 matches will feature four-player team battles from third-person perspective. The matches to follow on July 28 and 29 will feature first-person battles. Both playing perspectives will crown their own winning team, according to the organizers.
This will be PUBG’s second major event for its popular battle royale game. Last year, the organization partnered with ESL for the PUBG Gamescom 2017 Invitational, a $350,000 tournament that also took place in Germany.
Battle royale on the rise
Titles like PUBG, H1Z1, and Fornite have drawn increased attention of late. The battle royale titles attract an impressive number of players given their young lives. Many of them have also been dominating the Twitch viewership boards, consistently placing among top games.
This has led to many established esports organizations launching their own competitive teams for the genre. These include top-tier organizations like Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, and Natus Vincere.