We’re very excited to announce that PUBG will be making its way to the Intel® Extreme Masters Oakland 2017 mainstage for the IEM Oakland - PUBG Invitational! On November 18-19, 20 teams from North America and Europe will battle for their share of a $200,000 prize pool live at the Oracle Arena.
“Everyone’s been waiting for the title that will come in and be a game changer for esports and it seems like PUBG could be it,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President Pro Gaming at ESL. “It’s different, it’s new, and it’s growing at an unprecedented rate. We’re thrilled to be giving the game its competitive debut in North America.”
“We hope this serves as another excellent opportunity to experiment with a different format,” said Changhan Kim, Chief Executive Officer of PUBG Corporation. “It is essential that we gain experience from events like gamescom PUBG Invitational and Intel® Extreme Masters Oakland in order to take the right steps in the future.”
This past August, ESL and Bluehole combined forces to present the Gamescom PUBG Invitational, the first offline invitational for the game. PUBG’s debut at IEM Oakland will be the second tournament in partnership with Bluehole and ESL and a thrilling continuation of competitive PUBG.
IEM Oakland will take place from November 18-19, where spectators can watch two days of top-tier PUBG players from 10 invited and 10 qualified teams fight for their share of the $200,000 prize pool. Tickets for IEM Oakland are available now, be sure to check out iem.gg/oaklandtickets for more information about the types of tickets available.
The event will be broadcast on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and more this November. Stay tuned for more updates on online qualification and tournament format.
More information about Intel® Extreme Masters Oakland is available at iem.gg/oakland2017 as well as the IEM Twitter and Facebook pages. For the latest news from ESL and PUBG, be sure to follow ESLPUBG on Twitter and Facebook as well.