PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is gearing to host its first-ever esports event later this month during Gamescom 2017. The invitational sees developer Bluehole partnering with veteran tournament organizer Electronic Sports League (ESL) to bring the popular battle royale experience to one of the largest video games conventions.
Since its announcement last month, several profound professional teams have confirmed participation. The list includes Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Luminosity Gaming, and Team Liquid. Earlier today, both Noble Esports and Mythic Reborn also announced to be taking part in the event. In addition to the aforementioned lot, the tournament will see the inclusion of several popular streamers and content creators.
The PUBG Invitational will feature “eighty of the top players from around the world” in an offline setup that will run for four days straight. It will consists of matches played in Solo and Duo mode, as well as Duo First-Person and Squad formats. The best overall score from three matches played will determine the winner.
The prize pool sits at a value of $350,000. The developer introduced in-game vanity items for purchase earlier this month. This includes a special Gamescom Invitational Crate that is running for $2.50. The proceeds will be used to fund the upcoming tournament and different charity organizations.
A couple of days ago, the active community of PUBG registered more than 600,000 concurrent players on Steam. This accounted for a new all-time peak for the game, surpassing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and falling just behind Dota 2 during the period. It also extended the impressive record of the game as the third-highest peak player count in the history of Steam.
PUBG also also the second-most watched game on Twitch last week, jumping ahead of League of Legends. It racked up 16.9 million hours. It is finally time to see if the game has a future in esports.