If you are a part of the gaming community, you've heard of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and how much it has dominated on the online gaming community over the last few months. The developer, Bluehole teamed up with ESL to run an official Invitational at Gamescom which marked the first professional tournament for the franchise. The event was popular with a $200,000 prize pool and 20 teams competing in a slew of events ranging from solos to squads in both first and third-person. The online reach of the tournament topped over 300,000 concurrent viewers at one point setting a new record for the title on Twitch.
With the Luminosity squad lead by veteran gamer and streamer Ninja taking the 1st place prize, all the participating teams were ready for another chance to take home that first place pan. Fortunately, ESL has announced the next PUBG pro event will take place at Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland on November 18th-19th.
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) October 4, 2017
So far, 4 out of the twenty teams have been announced, and they include Team SoloMid (TSM), Luminosity, Noble and Team Liquid. The event is structured so that ten teams will be invited to compete, and the remaining ten teams will have to qualify through NA and EU qualifier tournaments.
Unlike the previous event, this tournament will be based solely on Squad (4-person) gameplay in first person. The 2-day event will see four games played on both days. Ultimately, the winning team will be determined by the combined point total earned from placement and kills thus taking home the $60,000 first prize.