Hot on the heels of PUBG Corp’s announcement that the battle royale will soon be getting a visual facelift, plus some other cool new changes, the developer has now declared a new tournament is coming: the PUBG Nations Cup. The event will be hosted in Seoul, South Korea, in August – and will feature a pretty hefty prize pool to boot.
Announced in a press release, the PUBG Nations Cup is a global competition looking to pit the game’s top professional players against eachother, representing various countries. Each nation’s battlers will be chasing down victory in pursuit of winnings from a $500,000 prize pool – and the glory of being the best PUBG nation. Plus a trophy. Hopefully a big shiny one.
The contest will feature 16 teams from five continents – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania – and it sounds like players will be selected in a couple of different ways: “by their peers” or through “country-specific methods”. What this process means exactly is not yet clear, though. The press release states that four “all-stars” will come out of the selection process and be part of a three day tournament. Each 16-player team will play five matches a day.
Jake Sin, director of of central esports for PUBG Corp. says the Nations Cup will be the “first PUBG-hosted global esports event of the year” and “close out an exciting summer of PUBG esports”, adding “we look forward to continuing that momentum throughout the rest of the year”.
The contest will run from August 9 to 11 in Seoul. In the meantime, keep an eye out for other upcoming PUBG events: the GLL Grand Slam: PUBG Classic in Stockholm from July 19 – 21, and MET Asia Series: PUBG Classic in Bangkok between July 26 and 28. It looks like a summer of events to get us excited for the start of PUBG esports Phase 3, starting in September. Winner winner chicken dinner.