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PUBG in esports: Everything you need to know

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and esports

100 players are dropped onto an island; the last one standing wins. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is the game that popularised the now-global phenomenon of battle-royale shooters, establishing a brand new genre when it launched in Steam's Early Access program in March 2017. Matches consist of up to 100 players parachuting down onto a large island or map and fighting it out using the equipment sprawled around the area. Teams can be formed for a group victory or you can fly solo – either way, the objective is simple: out-survive everyone else and be the last one standing.

The players

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds can be both a solo affair and a team-based game with a small squad of players working together. Most matches will have a combination of both in the mix. In esports tournaments, teams enter into the 80 places available each match and fight to survive in the royal rumble.

RankingTeamEarnings (AUD)Tournaments won
1Luminosity Gaming$107,406.602
2against All authority$76,719.001
3Cloud9$63,932.503
4Tempo Storm$43,154.441
5Team Kongdoo$40,769.762
6Noble eSports$38,359.501
7Team SoloMid$28,130.302
8FaZe Clan$25,573.001
9Team Liquid$20,458.402
10Digital Chaos$19,179.751

Tournaments

Winning a chicken dinner is not all it takes to emerge victorious in a PUBG tournament; multiple points including first placements all add up to crown the victor.

There are numerous online PUBG tournaments and leagues, and you can sign up to them by visit their official sites. Most tournaments and leagues are open to the public, but there are some that are exclusive and invite-only. Some tournaments require players to qualify for entry, but usually it's first come, first served.

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Esports professionals are granted access to the higher-ranked tournaments, where larger pools of money are up for grabs along with the chance to move onto higher rankings. The European and North American circuits run throughout the year, with the winners of each region taking home large sums of prize money and the top placement in their league. As PUBG is still a new esport, there are only EU and NA tournaments in the professional end so far, but as the game grows in popularity a world championship is sure to be added down the line.

For more information about Australian esports, head over to our esports hub.

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