ESL is currently hosting up to 640 European teams as they battle in the biggest qualifying tournament for the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 (PGI 2018), the most epic PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tournament to date – and for their share of a $100,000 prize pool.
Three spots in PGI 2018 are up for grabs in the European Qualifiers tournament, with the finals to be held in Leicester, UK, at the city’s Haymarket Theatre from 29 June to 1 July. Those final rounds, which will see twenty teams compete in fifteen matches across three days, will be presented by ESL before a live audience. The top three squads will each earn a place at PGI 2018, which will take place in Berlin in from 25 July to 29 July. They will face off against the best teams from across the world for a $2 million prize pool.The first phase of matches in the European Qualifiers tournament has already ended, and standings for all stages are available from the ESL Play website.
Phase two will see the remaining 320 teams do battle, with their matches scheduled to run from 19 May to 27 May. Those clashes will determine the teams that will advance to the offline qualifiers. The first-round matches will be broadcasted by ESL on Twitch, and you will be able to watch them here: twitch.tv/esl_pubg.
The European Qualifiers tournament will be the latest PUBG tournament presented by ESL. It follows the Intel Extreme Masters 2018, which took place in Katowice in February. At that event, sixteen teams from three continents battled for a $50,000 prize pool in front of a live audience.
The Haymarket Theatre is a 900-seat venue in the heart of Leicester. This will be the second ESL event to be hosted at the venue. Tickets for the live finals will be available starting 19 May, 11:00 BST from the Haymarket Theatre’s website, here, esl.pm/EUQLPGI18.
“We’re honoured to present the first official PGI european qualifiers in the UK” said James Dean, Managing Director, ESL UK. “PGI is an absolute phenomenon and we are excited to execute an ambitious 80-player stage setup that befits the scale of the game!”
“We are thrilled to find the best PUBG squads in Europe to compete in Berlin at our first truly global esports undertaking, PGI 2018,” said Alex Nam, Head of EMEA Business, PUBG Corp. “We can’t wait for the community to be part this process with us at every step along the way.”