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”.
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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.