PUBG Announces $150k North American Qualifier Esports Tournament

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PUBG Corp, following up the announcement last month of the PUBG Global Invitational (PGI 2018) esports tournament, announced today the PGI North America Qualifier that will determine the three teams to represent North America at PGI 2018. The qualifier will have a prize pool of $150,000 to be split between the top 20 teams.

While Fortnite is mucking around with Disney tie-ins, Player Unknown’s BattleGrounds is focusing on the professional aspect of battle royale gaming. This is the second esports tournament announced in the last month and chances are there are more to come since this is a qualifier for the larger tournament. There will be other qualifiers around the world. The North American qualifier is for (surprise) the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Round one will consist of 320 teams, split up into 16 lobbies of 20 teams each. The top 10 teams after four matches will advance to the second round. This starts on May 24th, so you better click this link to sign your team up today. From there the tourney rolls pretty quick, so clear your schedule if you are a frequent consumer of chicken dinners.

Round three, which starts on May 26th, will have the top 80 teams and random matches will be broadcast on Twitch and YouTube. The top 20 teams will compete in Burbank, CA on June 22-24. 12 matches will be played across three days, with the top three teams advancing to the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 in Berlin.

This is a smart move for PUBG, looking to capitalize on a growing esports market and make waves against Fortnite’s growth in casual player popularity. Both games have taken the battle royale to the next level, but only one will reign supreme at the esports level and it appears to be PUBG. With a $2mm prize pool at the Berlin tournament and kicking out $150k at a qualifier, you know that PUBG Corp. is raking in the cash (though Epic Games is raking in more).

Get your team together, get out your sporks and get hungry for that chicken dinner. You can sign up for the North American Qualifier here to get your chance at a piece of that prize money and all the glory that comes with being an esports champion.

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