FACEIT, the esports production company and tournament platform behind events such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s FACEIT Major: London 2018, has announced that it will team up with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to host the first global event in the game’s esports circuit, FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic.
Scheduled for mid-April, the event will feature 24 teams from the circuit’s nine regions. After a three day group stage, 16 of these teams will compete in an elimination round in order to determine the tournament’s champion. Though the Global Summit’s prize pool has not yet been announced, it will almost certainly be greater than $10,000 USD, the prize pool for FACEIT’s PUBG Showdown Duo tournament. This online event, which concluded last week, acted as a qualifier for a show match to be contested at the Summit in April.
After a period of beta testing, FACEIT officially launched its PUBG platform last September, but the platform also features matchmaking for CS:GO and Dota 2. In September, FACEIT’s CS:GO London major drew an average of 396,165 concurrent viewers (CCV). Though last year’s PUBG Global Invitational attracted an average of about 575,500 CCV, the competitive scene’s viewership has dwindled in recent months, with overall viewership impacted by competition with Fortnite.
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Despite these setbacks, PUBG remained Twitch’s fourth most-watched game of 2018. A team-up with FACEIT promises to breathe new life into the fan-favorite battle royale title.
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