On July 25, 20 of the world's best PUBG teams will gather in Berlin for the inaugural PUBG Global Invitational. This tournament is the first PUBG competition actually run by the developer, Bluehole, and they've put some major financial muscle behind it, setting the the prize pool at a gigantic $2 million. “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 in a 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.”
Four-player squad battles is the gameplay format of choice, and there will be divisions for both the third-person and first-person perspective. The third-person division plays out on July 25 and 26, followed by the first person perspective on July 28 and 29.
As the nascent PUBG esports scene is yet to establish its own go-to roster of talent, much of the talent for this event has been plucked from other esports. The desk host is James 'Kaelaris' Carrol, a familiar name to fans of Starcraft 2 and Heroes of the Storm. Casting we have Pansy, who built her reputation in CS:GO; former League of Legends caster and Riot Games employee Deman; and dedicated PUG casters Matrym and TheSimms. On the analysis deck are Toffees and Avnqr, the latter of whom has achieved impressive success as a PUBG player and should therefore have plenty of insight to offer.
The 20 teams competing are drawn from regional qualifiers for 10 distinct regions. The Europe, North America and Asia regions get three spots each. Then it's two spots for the CIS, Korea, China and Japan regions. And one spot for each of Latin America, Oceania and the Middle East. Only the Chinese qualifier has concluded so far, with teams OH MY God and Four Angry Men making it out of the 20-team event. Check out PUBG Liquipedia to keep track of the progress of all of the regional qualifiers, which has details on when they will all be held and which teams are competing.
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