PUBG Global Invitational 2018 (PGI 2018), the first global professional esports event hosted by PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.), concluded Sunday, July 29 after crowning South Korean team Gen.G GOLD the Third Person Perspective winner and Chinese team OMG the First Person Perspective winner, each taking home a piece of the $2 million USD total prize purse, in front of over 30,000 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) fans in attendance at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, from July 25 to 29. During PGI 2018, a peak of over 100 million concurrent viewers from around the world tuned in across multiple platforms including Twitch, YouTube, and more, on which the high stakes battle royale action was being streamed.
“We are humbled by the enthusiasm from fans around the world to experience the pinnacle of PUBG competition at PGI 2018.” said Changhan Kim, CEO, PUBG Corp. “With the foundation laid at this year’s world championship event in Berlin, we made major strides in proving the potential of PUBG esports on a global scale and aim to present an even more robust esports offering in 2019 as we roll out our continued vision.”
In addition to the esports competition at PGI 2018, PUBG Corp. hosted the PGI 2018 Charity Showdown in Berlin, where 40 top global content creators, including superstars Ninja, Shroud and Dr. DisRespect, teamed up with 40 of the professional PUBG players competing in the tournament, with the winners awarded a piece of theseparate $1 million USD prize purse to donate to the charity of their choice. Team Papa comprised of content creators Evermore and Juankorea and professional players from Gen.G GOLD EscA and Simsn claimed PGI Charity Showdown victory.