SK Telecom T1 (SKT) is reportedly expanding its competitive portfolio by embracing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) later this year.
According to South Korean news publication Fomos, the esports organization had already decided to compete in a new game after it disbanded its StarCraft 2 division in late 2016. SKT was in the process of deciding between what game it wanted to recruit for when PUBG began making headlines left and right. The astonishing success of the battle royale game last year made it relatively easy for the esports organization to choose in the end.
Provided that the report is legitimate, SKT hopes to field a highly skilled team for PUBG from South Korea in the coming months that will be ready to play competitively by August.
SK Telecom T1 has dominated League of Legends for years, winning the world championship three times in total. It was pegged to do the same once more last year, but had to taste defeat in the grand finals at the hands of Samsung Galaxy. Perhaps it was the event that finally convinced the management to find esports representation in another game.
PUBG features more than 30 million players across both Xbox One and PC. It recently achieved more than 3 million concurrent players on Steam, breaking its own previous record in the process. PUBG Corp. has made it clear that it has great interest in pursuing esports, but the battle royale genre proves challenges that must be first cleared.