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ESL AND PUBG CORPORATION TO PRESENT PGI 2018 EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS

Press Release   •   May 18, 2018 11:34 BST

The best European PUBG teams will compete for PGI 2018 spots and a $100,000 prize pool in Leicester from 29 June - 1 July

ESL, the world’s largest esports company are 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 ESL Play’s website, esl.pm/EUPGISTANDINGS.

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.”

For more information on the PGI European Qualifiers, visit esl.pm/PGIEU. Follow ESL PUBG on Twitter and Facebook for further updates.

Members of the press are welcome to attend the live event, where interviews with teams and talent will be available on a limited basis at the end of the broadcasts. There will also be a media day, 28 June, where teams will be available for interviews via request on a limited basis. To apply for event press accreditation, please visit esl.pm/accreditation. All press interview requests should be sent to press.uk@eslgaming.com by 25 June. Requests placed after this date will unfortunately not be met. 

About ESL

ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).

About PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.)

PUBG Corp., an affiliate company of Bluehole Inc., began as Bluehole Ginno Games, Inc. in 2009 and later renamed to PUBG Corp. in 2017. PUBG Corp. is the publisher and developer of the 2017 blockbuster battle royale video game, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), on multiple platforms. Since its release, PUBG has received worldwide acclaim, achieving seven Guinness World Records and winning multiple game awards worldwide.

Headquartered in Korea, PUBG Corp. has six operational offices globally across North America, Europe, Japan, China. With the goal of developing PUBG as a global franchise, the company is currently undertaking a number of projects including esports, product licensing, and more. For more information about PUBG Corp., please visit www.playbattlegrounds.com.

About PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.)

PUBG Corp. is the developer and publisher of the blockbuster battle royale video game, PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG). Since its release, PUBG has received worldwide acclaim, selling tens of millions of copies and winning multiple game awards worldwide.

Headquartered in Korea, PUBG Corp. has six operational offices globally across North America, Europe, Japan, and China. With the goal of developing PUBG as a global franchise, the company is currently undertaking a number of projects including esports, product licensing, and more. For more information about PUBG Corp., please visit www.playbattlegrounds.com.