We are thrilled to announce the PUBG Invitational at Intel® Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice, taking place on February 24-25 at IEM EXPO! 16 teams from regions around the world will battle for their share of a US$50,000 prize pool.
Nine out of the 16 competing teams will receive direct invites:
- 3 teams from North America
- 3 teams from Europe
- 3 teams from Asia.
The remaining teams will fight their way through a series of regional qualifiers that start with a 512 team open qualifier to participate in Poland. Qualifiers will begin January 20th-21st on ESL Play. The qualifying slots will be distributed as follows:
- 3 slots for North America
- 3 slots for Europe
- 1 slot for South America.
The 1.0 version of PUBG for PC was just released in December 2017 and has emerged from its early access stage. With more than 30 million users on all platforms, a record breaking 3 million concurrent players on Steam, and the addition of a new in-game map, Miramar, the game's foundation is concrete for a truly epic competitive title. Additionally, with the growth of the competitive gaming community skyrocketing, the PUBG Invitational at IEM Katowice will once more shape the competitive component of PUBG.
"The IEM World Championship Katowice 2017 was the world's largest esports event in history, and with PUBG's competitive debut at IEM Oakland, we are thrilled to feature it again at such a renowned IEM event," said Michał Blicharz, VP Pro Gaming at ESL. "Previously adding PUBG to the agenda brought a lot of excitement to the arena and we feel that it will be a great addition to the IEM Expo."
In August, PUBG players and influencers competed in the gamescom PUBG Invitational Presented by PUBG Corporation and ESL, which marked the very first offline invitational for PUBG. In November, the partnership continued with ESL's second installment of the game by bringing PUBG to the mainstage at IEM Oakland with the IEM Oakland - PUBG Invitational, where 20 teams and 80 players competed in the first PUBG competition to take place in North America.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the IEM Twitter and Facebook as we post updates about the invited teams, qualifiers, and more in the coming days! To stay up to date on all things ESL and PUBG, follow ESL PUBG on Twitter and Facebook.
Tickets to Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice World Championship and the IEM Expo are available on Ticketmaster. General admission to both events will be free of charge.