ESWC enters competitive PUBG with OMEN Trophy

ESWC enters competitive PUBG with OMEN Trophy

Once one of the most important events in the world of esports is now set to make a comeback with a €50,000 PUBG tournament during Paris Games Week 2018.

Presented by ESWC and OMEN by HP the tournament titled OMEN Trophy will gather 16 teams to battle it out in France’s largest video game convention for the lion’s share of the hefty prize pool. From 28th to 30th of October four qualified teams will compete against 12 invited squads over three days of competition.

The event will hold four online qualifiers, starting 13th of October. Out of all signed up teams, 16 will be chosen to participate in a single round qualifier based on their merit and previous results. Only the top scoring team will be invited to the LAN finals in Paris. In addition to the invitation, the best team of the qualifier will get €2,000 to help the team to prepare for their trip to Paris Games Week.

The finals will take place on the main stage in front of 4000 fans and will be broadcast live on Twitch.

Registration for the qualifiers is still open and any teams willing to participate should head over to the official tournament page. First invited teams should be announced next week. The event is expected to feature some of the best teams in Europe.

Already known teams for the first online qualifier include some well-known names, with the likes of Izako Boars, Planetkey Dynamics, Purple Cobras, and o1ne participating.

Paris Games Week is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. It is organized by SELL, a French organization that promotes the interests of video game developers. Last year more than 350,000 visitors attended the popular gaming convention.

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Korean OGN expands to North America

Korean OGN expands to North America

Korea’s largest esports producer and network OGN announces its expansion to North America — and will spend upwards of $100 million dollars in doing so.

As part of its new expansion, OGN will partner up with PUBG Corp to bring North America’s first professional league to audiences. OGN will be the ones organizing, running, producing, and broadcasting National PUBG League (NPL) — a $1 million PUBG league supported by the developers of the game.

As a division of CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment company, OGN has produced well over 500 tournaments and leagues in esports since its launch in 2000. The Korean company flaunts an impressive 3,000 hours of esports content produced every year. OGN is probably best known for the production of League of Legends Champions Korea league (LCK) as well as their work in Starcraft.

With the announcement of PUBG’s first professional esports league comes the announcement of OGN’s studio. The weekly live NPL matches will be played from a brand new 35,000 square foot arena in Manhattan Beach. The new OGN home in North America will seat up to 100 competitors, 500 audience members, and will feature 270 LED screens to help them follow the action. This will bolster OGN’s status, this being the largest esports studio on the West Coast.

OGN Battle Royale studio

Even though the arena was built with battle royale in mind, it will accommodate for two other esports events. Fans of esports will be invited to view the OGN Super League — a weekly competition that will cover the biggest esports titles. It will be produced side-by-side with OGN Super Match — an event with a similar concept, but featuring only invited players.

In addition to their live tournaments and events, the Korean company will be creating original esports content geared towards the North American audiences. This includes game shows, docu-series revolving around the biggest names in the esports world, virtual reality shows, and more.

OGN’s new studio in North America will open its doors early next year, with the start of National PUBG League, where 16 best teams from the region will battle for a prize pool of $1 million dollars.

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Tencent announces PUBG Mobile Indian Campus Championship

Tencent announces PUBG Mobile Indian Campus Championship

University and college students all over India are about to get busy with PUBG Mobile practice, as the chicken dinner will soon come with a hefty prize pool attached.

Tencent Games will partner up with a Chinese mobile communication and smartphone company OPPO to bring the largest PUBG Mobile collegiate tournament to Indian campuses. The PUBG Mobile Campus Championship 2018 qualifier rounds will continue over October. The event will conclude on October 20th and 21st, where 20 of the best Indian college teams will gather in Bangalore.

With $70,000 in cash prizes on the line, no teams are messing around. The event will feature more than 1000 Indian colleges and universities from more than 30 cities.

The event hopes to bring more attention to Indian esports. The PUBG Mobile Campus Championship 2018 finals will be streamed live on PUBG Mobile official YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch pages, with a collective reach of more than 3 million followers.

Squads of four from any campus in India will be participating in PUBG’s first mobile event in the country. Four knockout rounds including the semi-finals will shortlist the final 20 teams to compete for the ultimate trophy at the grand finals.

“The PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship 2018 reflects Tencent’s and PUBG Corp’s big step towards developing a robust esports ecosystem in India,” said Aneesh Aravind, general manager at Tencent Games India. “We are glad that PUBG MOBILE has received an overwhelming response in India and we look forward to working with our fans and partners to make this a grand spectacle.”

PUBG Mobile has quickly become one of the most popular games in India. The mobile iteration of a popular PC game has already crossed 100 million downloads globally and sees more than 20 million people play the game every day. And the next step for Tencent is to introduce their game as a viable esport to their vast audiences.

“This championship marks the beginning of many steps we will engage in making PUBG MOBILE the game of choice in India,” Aneesh Aravind added in a statement.

The first qualifier round for PUBG Mobile Indian Campus Championship started this week and the winner will be decided on October 21st, in the grand finals to be held in Bangalore.

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Hayro, Tortee triumph at the Star Challenge

Hayro, Tortee triumph at the Star Challenge

The Turkish Hayro and the Russian Tortee come out victorious in the first ever PUBG Mobile esports event in Europe — the Star Challenge regional finals.

After two intense days of games in Kiev, Ukraine, the winners were decided for the inaugural PUBG Mobile event. 16 teams, featuring PUBG streamers, content creators, and influencers, all came with only one goal. The battle wasn’t just for the $20,000 in prize money, but for the two spots in World Finals, to be held in Dubai later this year.

The Global Finals will see all the regional winners competing for the lion’s share of $600,000 in cash prizes.

The European qualifier saw some big-name players taking a shot at success, including FaZe Clan player David “Fuzzface” Tillberg, popular streamer and former Call of Duty professional Nikolai “Mazarin1k” Lazarev, PUBG player Mario “RaptorDaRaptor” Joos, and others.

The Turkish Hayro shot up the rankings in the first game and managed to keep their top spot for the entirety of the tournament. After ten games they had 4700 points — 500 more than the second team. They also confidently led in kills, racking up a total 87 of them.

Hayro. Photo via Starladder.

Tortee and his team followed in second with 4200 points. Before the last game, team Tortee were in the fourth place, 400 points behind the second place team. A chicken dinner and 17 kills in the last game earned them enough points to qualify for the World Finals in Dubai.

Just 95 points behind them finished RaptorDaRaptor and his team. Third place in the final game didn’t prove to be enough to keep their second place position. They got an impressive 74 kills over ten games, second most in the entire tournament.

The overall results are as follows:

1st – Team Hayro – $10,000 + spot at Star Challenge Global Finals 2018 Dubai

2nd – Team Tortee – $6,000 + spot at Star Challenge Global Finals 2018 Dubai

3rd – Team RaptorDaRaptor – $4,000

Unsurprisingly, the two competitive PUBG Mobile teams came out ahead in the first European esports event. A week of preparation for the other teams didn’t prove to be enough to compete against the actual Mobile pro’s.

Although the battle was closer than one would expect.

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Star Challenge brings PUBG Mobile to Europe

Star Challenge brings PUBG Mobile to Europe

PUBG Mobile is about to get more competitive, with a Star Challenge tournament series coming to Europe later this week.

Even though we haven’t seen much potential for competitive play in PUBG’s mobile game, it turns out that’s because we weren’t looking hard enough. But that is about to change, with a new series of competitive tournaments coming to Tencent’s PUBG Mobile.

Today, Tencent Games together with PUBG Corp. announce their tournament PUBG Mobile Star Challenge coming to Europe. The European qualifier event will feature 16 top streamers, influencers, and pro players vying for their chance at a chicken dinner. The competitors will fight for $600,000 in prize money which will be distributed over several global tournaments.

The first stop will take place in Kiev Cybersport Arena, in the very heart of Ukraine. The event begins this weekend and will happen on September 29 and 30. PUBG Mobile Star Challenge will be streamed live on PUBG Mobile Youtube, Twitch, and Facebook channels.

Invited players will form the squads of four people around themselves for the event. In a similar fashion to PUBG’s first invitational at Gamescom 2017, the invited players are famous streamers, community members, and content creators coming from both versions of the game.

Star Challenge will feature both game modes, with TPP being played on the first day and FPP on the second. The event series are made up of the Qualifiers, Preliminaries, Regional Finals, and World Finals.

The push for PUBG Mobile esports is in line with Bluehole’s five-year plan announced during the PUBG Global Invitational 2018. There are more events planned for the mobile game in the near future, with developers being keen on making it a success. The big factor for the future of the game will be the viewership numbers and the community response.

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Riot Korea’s Head of Esports joins PUBG Corp as CMO

Riot Korea’s Head of Esports joins PUBG Corp as CMO

Although the player base for the overwhelmingly popular battle royale game has dwindled, its esports scene is yet to show signs of slowing down.

In the past year, since the inception of competitive PUBG, the scene has grown from a small gathering of like-minded individuals to a full-fledged esports competitor. Following several large-scale tournaments, all featuring prize pools in hundreds of thousands, Bluehole announced the PUBG Global Invitational — a $2 million dollar Battlegrounds championship.

Following the success of PGI 2018, the developer announced a five-year plan for the future growth of the esports scene. The plan includes developer supported regional leagues, revenue share for the teams, and World Championships, among other things.

In line with the announcement, Korea based PUBG Corp. confirmed the signing of Quan Zhengxian as Chief Marketing Officer, where he will oversee all the marketing and esports related business for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. Prior to this, Quan Zhengxian worked at the Korean branches of global game studios, including Riot Games, Blizzard, EA, as well as others.

For the past seven years, he was responsible for all things esports at Riot Games Korea, where he worked on the League of Legends World Championship 2014, Korea Regional Finals, as well as many other leagues and tournaments. Zhengxian brings years of experience in building the esports scene, running leagues, and organizing large tournaments.

Bluehole established their confidence in Quan Zhengxian and are hopeful that his expertise will help propel PUBG into a full-fledged esport. This is expected to be the first out of several executive-level signings in preparation for the 2019 season at PUBG Corp.

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