Esports organiser and production company ESL has partnered with KRAFTON to launch a new series of tournaments to PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG).
The ESL PUBG Masters will consist of four tournaments split between two regions, the Americas and Europe, with each housing a prize pool of $50,000 (£35,812).
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Alongside receiving prize money, teams competing in the ESL PUBG Masters have the opportunity to gain PUBG Global Championship (PGC) Qualification Points.
The first Masters tournament in the Americas will commence on April 7th. Titled ‘Phase 1’, the competition consists of three rounds and a group stage, all leading to a Grand Finals to be played over two weekends in late April and early May.
Additionally, teams will be split into two regions, LATAM and NA, throughout the competition until the Grand Finals. ESL’s second Americas Masters is expected to take place sometime in July or August.
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ESL PUBG Masters’ European edition is scheduled to kick-off Qualifiers for its ‘Spring’ tournament on March 31st. Unlike the Americas format, the European variant will include two stages and a last chance qualifier before concluding the tournament with its Grand Finals on April 23rd-25th.
The tournament organiser has also announced the ESL PUBG Open, a series of three European tournaments scheduled to take place later in the year. Each competition will include a $2,000 (£1,432) prize pool.
According to the release, anybody in Europe can take part in the event. The tournament’s top competitors will also receive direct invitations to the ESL PUBG Masters: Summer.
As well as analysts and casters covering the ESL PUBG Masters, the ESL PUBG Open tournaments will be offered to community casters so they can have the chance to broadcast these events on their own channels.
No dates for any of the ESL PUBG Opens have been set, but one will take place each in Summer, Autumn, and Winter this coming year.
Esports Insider Says: The announcement brings four big PUBG tournaments to the Americas and Europe this year, as well as providing European players with the opportunity to prove themselves in three open tournaments. This can only be seen as a positive thing for PUBG’s ecosystem.