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PUBG: Battlegrounds

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Krafton
Release Date: 2017

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'PUBG: Battlegrounds' Details Final 2021 PUBG Global Championship Esports Event

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2021 @ 8:53 a.m. PDT

PUBG: Battlegrounds expands the core Battle Royale experience into a highly competitive player vs. player (PvP) game in a vivid open world.

Welcome to the ultimate battle for life and death

PUBG: Battlegrounds will expand the core Battle Royale experience enjoyed by millions of players into a highly competitive player vs. player (PvP) game in a dynamic open world.

PUBG: Battlegrounds will put up to 64 players on a remote island for a winner-takes-all showdown where strategic gameplay is as important as shooting skills. Players will enter a last-man-standing battle where they try to locate weapons, vehicles and supplies in a graphically and tactically rich battleground that eventually forces players into a shrinking safe area as they engage in a tense and spectacular fight to the death.

When the match starts, players have no items or weapons. To progress, they can try to commandeer a vehicle to discover a high-value location, search for weapons or employ other diversified tactics with a goal of being the last man standing. All weapons can be upgraded with attachments such as sights and suppressors and both road and off-road vehicles will be available to players.

Kill or be killed in a fight to be the last man standing.

Krafton revealed the full details for the 2021 PUBG Global Championship (PGC), the premier esports event that will crown the overall champion of PUBG Esports’ 2021 season.

PGC 2021 will be a global LAN/online hybrid tournament where 32 of the world’s top professional PUBG Esports teams will compete for a share of the $2 million USD prize pool. 

Event Schedule

PGC 2021 will run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 19 as teams from the Americas, Europe, Asia and APAC compete in weekly showdowns to earn prize money. While the tournament will be primarily held offline at the Paradise City Plaza in Incheon, South Korea, teams from China will remain in their home region and will compete online. The full schedule is as follows: 

  • Rank Decision Matches: Nov. 19-21
  • Weekly Survival/Final Matches: Nov. 23-28
  • Weekly Survival/Final Matches: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
  • Weekly Survival/Final Matches: Dec. 6-12
  • Grand Finals Matches: Dec. 16-19

Event Structure

Based on Rank Decision matches that will take place from Nov. 19-21, the 16 highest-ranked teams will kick off the first week of Weekly Survival matches on Nov. 23 to battle it out for a place in the Weekly Grand Finals. 

  • Once a team wins a Weekly Survival match, they will progress to the Weekly Finals immediately - with their place in the Weekly Survival taken by the next highest-ranked team from Rank Decision matches.
  • This process continues over two additional weeks to determine the final group of teams that will compete in the PGC 2021 Grand Finals on Dec.16-19.

Points System & Ruleset

For PGC 2021, KRAFTON will re-introduce its SUPER (Standard and Universal PUBG Esports Ruleset) point ranking system. Accordingly, teams will earn ranking points (based on final match outcomes) and kill points (based on the number of kills a team earns) during all Weekly Finals and Grand Finals matches. Weekly Survival Matches will use the existing WWCD ruleset that was introduced earlier in 2021.

Prize Pool Breakdown

In addition to team payouts that will be determined by final tournament rank, the $2 million total prize pool for PGC 2021 includes the following: 

  • Weekly Series Winner: $30,000
  • Kill Leader: $10,000
  • All-PGC Team: $20,000 ($5,000 per player x 4 players)
  • Insane Squad: $20,000

Pick’em Challenge

KRAFTON will once again be holding the Pick’em Challenge - an event where fans predict the winner of PGC 2021 in order to win prizes. Fans can earn free voting coupons and purchase PGC 2021 items by visiting the in-game esports tab. Reflecting KRAFTON’s commitment to rewarding PUBG Esports players, the $2 million USD prize pot will be supplemented by 30% of revenue made from the Pick’em Challenge. 

Key Features:

  • Custom Games: Being implemented after Early Access, this feature will allow select groups of players to create and host their own games with special server configurations, such as the number of players, option to spectate the round, play or set the game as private with password and more. Additional information about custom games will be announced after Early Access launch.
  • Realistic Gunplay: Players use real-world weapons found via supply drops to create an authentic and visceral experience.
  • Massive 8km x 8km World: Players begin as weak survivors and develop into powerful soldiers on a massive, deserted island set in Eastern Europe.
  • Built with Unreal Engine 4: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds utilizes the latest development tools to deliver realistic visuals, animations and gameplay.
  • In-Depth Loot System: Players will uncover a wide variety of weapons, armor, attachments, and much more as they explore – and battle – across the world.
  • Player-Focused Metagame Tools: Leaderboards and statistics plus replays and spectator mode tools are coming after Early Access launch.
  • Loads of Localization: Launching into twelve languages (English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic) with translations coming directly from the community.

PUBG: Battlegrounds is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).

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