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PUBG Global Invitational is an Esports Experiment

Game creator knows there's a lot of work still ahead.

by Jordan Peters


The PUBG Global Invitational kicked off today, and with it, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds takes a big step into the world of esports.  There’s a huge prize pool on the line, and many will be watching the tournament via Twitch and other platforms.

But is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ready for esports?  According to the creator of the game, probably not.  Brendan Greene, creator of PUBG, described the PGI as an esports experiment during an interview at the event in Germany.

“We’re not esports ready,” Green told PC Gamesn.  Since major esports haven’t been done in the Battle Royale genre, it sounds like this is going to be work-in-progress.  Greene says that they are trying to show the world that it is possible.

So when will PUBG be ready for esports?  According to Greene, the developers really need to optimize the game.  The developer says that means they’ll need to iron out the bugs in the game, make quality of life improvements to PUBG, and that will likely bring about new features and functionality to Battlegrounds before it’s truly ready.

The PUBG Global Invitational kicked off today and will be going on from July 25-29 in Berlin, Germany.   Alongside the festivities, a charity event will also be taking place during the PGI.  Popular streamers like Ninja, Shroud, and Dr Disrespect will be competing in a Squad-based challenge to earn money for charity.

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