PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole and ESL (the world’s largest eSports company) have announced that they will be partnering in order to bring the game to the Gamescom event in Germany. Gamescom goes on from August 23 – 36, 2017 and the PUBG competition will include 80 contestants. These folks are the best of the best and great influencers for the game.
Executive Producer of PUBG Chang Han Kim has stated that due to the passion of the PUBG community, they were able to pull off this event and invite these 80 players to an offline tournament for the summer. ESL has also made a statement that they couldn’t be more excited to have the “amazing in-game experience” of PUBG at Gamescom. CEO of ESL Ralf Reichert has said that eSports is simply the “natural evolution” for a “smash hit” like PUBG and plans on working with Bluehole for more events.
The eSports version of the game will be called the PUBG Invitational and includes Solo, Duo, and Duo First Person Perspective, and Squad modes. Whoever wins the best overall score throughout the four days will win the pop produced through the help of players who have donated. You’ll be able to donate via microtransactions that will give you a variety of vanity items in return. You’re money will not only go towards the $350,000 USD prize pool, but also a few charities of Bluehole’s choice.
If you are not lucky enough to attend Gamescom, you can watch the PUBG event via their various social channels, including Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer everyday at 4pm CEST. They will have tons of other exciting stuff going on, like meeting the developers themselves, so be sure to catch a day or two when you can.
As an aside, Bluehole has come out with the official sales numbers for PUBG. In the four months the game has been in Early Access, they have sold over 6 million copies and are at peak use activity with 422,618 players at one time on Steam.