From the 17th to the 19th November 2017 the Kakaogames 2017 PUBG Asia Invitational took place at the global game exhibition G-STAR 2017 in Busan, South Korea. Teams from seven different nations competed for a prize pool of ₩ 60M South Korean Wuan as well as some cash prizes for the most kills.
Different smaller competitions were hosted do determine the invitees for the Kakaogames 2017 PUBG Asia Invitational. The three-day-long competition featured solo, duo and squad games. Winners of the solo and duo competitions got awarded the same kind of golden, silver and bronze pans that have been given out during the Gamescom PUBG Invitational 2017. However, the first placed team in the squad competition received ₩ 60,000,000 South Korean Won with is roughly $ 55,000 USD. Additionally, there has been special awards for the most-lethal player of each day with ₩ 3,000,000 South Korean Won, approximately $ 2,750 USD as well as an honor for the most-lethal player across all competitions which was ₩ 5,000,000 South Korean Won, about $ 4600 USD.
Solo 3rd m4gololx from OMG, 2nd cold from Afreeca, 1st SexyPIG from Anarchy. The Chinese team iFTY, consisting of APLUSVABLE, Tkzhun, Kcoo and IIIsa, took home the victory in the squad competition. IIIsa’s original player name is Isabella_PEI and she is indeed a female player competing on a top level in PLAYERUNKNOWN’s BATTLEGROUNDS. In other up and coming esports titles, it is very uncommon to see women competing alongside men.
First-Person-Perspective vs. Thrid-Person-Perspective
A never-ending discussion? All competitions of the Kakaogames 2017 PUBG Asia Invitational have been played in the third-person-perspective (TPP) while the Western IEM Oakland PUBG Invitational 2017 is entirely played in first-person-perspective (FPP). The third-person-perspective for spectators turned out to be very convenient for the viewers as it a allows a better overview and less action is missed.
The Production Side Matters
Starting from the bus that brought the players to the event over the stage setup up to the live stream production. The Kakaogames 2017 PUBG Asia Invitational has been executed on a level far above from what we have seen in North America and Europe.
Since the event has been part of a larger games exhibition, the space for a setup that accommodates 80 players has been fairly limited. The multi-level solution that has been used at the Asia Invitational is great since it is possible for the audience to watch every player at the same time while using as few space as possible. LEDs above each player indicated if the player is still alive.
The broadcast itself has been on the level you could expect from a major esports event in 2017. Despite the rather small English speaking audience, there has been an English broadcast for the about 600 interested viewers. Meanwhile millions watched the main broadcasts on platforms Huya, Panda.tv, YY, and Douyu TV. Banana Culture put on a great show and didn’t disappoint. The observing has been exemplary and caught most of the action. Additionally, different overlays and real-time stats have been added to enrich the viewing experience.
The VoDs of all three game days are available over on Twitch.