After the PUBG Invitational at Gamescom 2017, one of this year’s biggest title heads to the esports mainstage at IEM Oakland with a $200,000 prize pool. Taking place at the Oracle Arena, 20 teams from North America and Europe will fight it out for a share of the prize pool.
“Everyone’s been waiting for the title that will come in and be a game changer for esports and it seems like PUBG could be it,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President Pro Gaming at ESL. “It’s different, it’s new, and it’s growing at an unprecedented rate. We’re thrilled to be giving the game its competitive debut in North America.”
“We hope this serves as another excellent opportunity to experiment with a different format,” said Changhan Kim, Chief Executive Officer of PUBG Corporation. “It is essential that we gain experience from events like gamescom PUBG Invitational and Intel Extreme Masters Oakland in order to take the right steps in the future.”
10 teams will receive a direct invitation for the main event with the others having to qualify for a spot. The tournament format will played in Squad FPP – First Person Perspective. IEM Oakland will take place from November 18-19 and will also feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). The event will be streamed live and for those who want to attend can purchase tickets here.