PUBG Corp is about ready to kick the esports scene of their smash hit battle royale game up a notch with a $2 million tournament.
PUBG Global Invitational 2018 will mark the developer’s first attempt at a major tournament with a multi-million prize pool — a massive step forward from a relatively underwhelming $50,000 handed out at IEM Katowice earlier this year.
The tournament will see 20 of the world’s best teams competing over five days’ period in Berlin, Germany, from the 25th to the 29th of July. Unlike the name of the tournament suggests, the “invited” teams will be decided after a series of regional qualifiers held for the European, North American, and Asian teams. Although yet to be confirmed, qualifiers reportedly will take place online with offline finals, where the attendees of the main event will be ultimately decided.
Interestingly enough, PUBG Corp will not be taking this opportunity to settle a long-lasting debate over the official game mode and will feature both First and Third Person Perspective tournaments, each crowning a champion of their own. The latter, which is heavily favored in the Asian servers, hasn’t been actively practiced in the West since mid-2017.
The big announcement for the battle royale game comes just in time amidst the rumors surrounding the PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS’ biggest competitor Fortnite and a professional entry into the esports world of their own.
The qualifier process for the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 is set to start in the first half of May and will take place over a period of several weeks.