Eighty of PUBG’s best players come together for the game’s first ever LAN.
Developer Bluehole Inc. and event organizer ESL have announced a partnership to bring the first PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ LAN invitational, Cologne, Germany for Gamescom 2017.
The event will bring together 80 of the world’s best players and influencers for one massive tournament, streaming live on August 23-26. Participants will compete for $350,000 across four different modes, including Solo, Duo, Duo First Person, and Squad. Prizes will be awarded to the players with the best overall score across all modes.
“From very early on we knew that the success of PUBG was reliant on passion of its community. We want to celebrate this by inviting eighty of the top players from around the world to compete in the first offline invitational,” said Chang Han Kim, VP and Executive producer at Bluehole Inc. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how quickly our community has grown, and can’t wait to hear about everyone’s experience this summer.”
Bluehole will be offering players a way to support the event in the form of special vanity items. Proceeds from these items, which will go on sale starting August 3rd, will directly benefit the Gamescom PUBG Invitational, as well as a number of charities selected by Bluehole.
The event will be streaming live on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, and Twitter starting at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET. For more information read the announcement on ESL’s website.
Recently, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ final release date was delayed, with regular updates to continue until it is released in full.
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