PUBG is kicking off 2021 with a bang. They are starting the official 2021 competitive circuit by inviting 32 of the top teams from across Europe, China, Southeast Asia, North America, Latin America, South Korea, Japan, and Chinese Taipei to South korea. The cream of the PUBG crop will compete in South Korea for the PUBG Global Invitational.S.
The 32 teams were selected by PUBG Corp after reviewing their performance in 2020 tournaments and their overall career in PUBG Esports. The teams invited to the event are as follows:
- Europe: Digital Athletics, ENCE, FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, TSM, VIRTUS PRO
- China: Four Angry Men, INFANTRY, Multi Circle Gaming, Petrichor Road, Tianba esports, Triumphant Song Gaming
- Southeast Asia: Attack All Around, Buriram United Esports, Daytrade Gaming, DivisionX Gaming, LG Divine
- North America: Oath, Shoot To Kill, Soniqs, Zenith Esports
- Korea: Afreeca Freecs, DAMWON Gaming, Gen.G, T1
- Japan: DetonatioN Gaming White, ELEMENT.36 JAPAN
- Chinese Taipei: Global Esports Xsset, K7 Esports
- Latin America: FURIA Esports, META GAMING
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the PUBG Corp postponed their 2020 PUBG Global Invitational and their end of year PUBG Global Championship. Instead, they changed the formula and held the PUBG Continental Series. It wasn’t the same format, but it did allow teams from across the globe to compete at PUBG. Now, in the new year, they are bringing back the PUBG Global Invitational in a big way with PGI.S.
PUBG Corp have taken the 2018 format of the PUBG Global Invitational and they are moulding it to fit into an eight-week esports festival based in South Korea. They are believe that it will be the longest esports festival held to date with the events running from February 2nd to March 28th, 2021. The teams will be in with the chance to win a portion of the $3.5 million prize pool.
CH Kim, CEO of PUBG Corporation and parent company KRAFTON, Inc. wrote in their initial release:
“It’s been humbling to see the overwhelming positive fan reaction for our online regional PCS tournaments throughout the year. We’re holding PGI.S thanks to fan support and we’re confident that we’ll be able to take the momentum from this year to create our best esports event yet.
“With full safety measures built-in to the event, we’re committed to hosting a safe global esports tournament that can be enjoyed by our players in attendance and fans watching online from around the world.”
Details and Safety
The selected teams will make their way to South Korea throughout the month of January. Those that cannot or choose not to travel will be replaced. Across the eight-week event the PUBG Corp has promised that they will adhere to all safety guidelines, saying: “We’re taking big steps to ensure that PGI.S is our best tournament yet while making sure everyone stays safe.”
This will be an interesting tournament to watch. I would heavily favour the top teams across the major regions like; TSM, Buriram United, or Infantry. There may be some upsets or underdog teams that surprise us, Team Liquid and FaZe Clan are big organisations but their PUBG teams have not come out on top in a few events, they should be ones to watch.