PUBG has its sights on the esports chicken dinner

It has been quite the journey for PUBG Corp. and Bluehole but both companies aren't quite ready to leave it at a super-successful game. They want the esports crown.

A new Royale Realm

Developer and publisher Hi-Rez isn't wasting any time with pushing its Realm Royale title into the professional scene to make some money and draw in large audiences. The company has already created a new hub for the esports scene, as reported by The Esports Observer.

Kickstarting on Wednesday, the new invitational for Realm Royale will see players compete in teams of two while broadcasting live on their own streams. Hi-Rez will also broadcast the action on its Twitch and Mixer channels, which will see lucky winners bag the $20,000 weekly prize pool split into two events.

Devine's PUBG drop

PUBG esports aren't new, but this coming week it finally feels like the scene is about to come alive. There have been big tournaments in the past linked to gaming shows such as Gamescom and Dreamhack, as well as an Intel Extreme Masters, but Berlin is about to host the first thrown by PUBG Corp.

The PUBG Global Invitational (PGI) is headed to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin from July 25 to July 29 with the biggest teams in the world squaring off for some serious cash in both third-person and first-person modes.

Added to the event schedule this week is a whopping $1 million charity tournament featuring some of the top streamers. Names including Ninja, Shroud and Dr Disrespect will all be taking part with the winners donating to a charity of their choice.

The total prize pool for competitive play is an enormous $2 million, split equally between TPP and FPP tournaments. This is by far the biggest and highest funded PUBG tournament to date, and we'll be taking a look around next week to see how it all pans out.

Upcoming live events

  • Realm Royale Invitational - July 25, watch on Twitch and Mixer.
  • League of Legends Championship (LCS) - July 27 (EU), July 28 (EU, US), and July 29 (US), watch on Twitch.
  • Halo Championship Series (HCS) - July 31, watch on Mixer.
Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.