Next $200,000 PUBG Invitational will be at IEM Oakland

Photograph taken by: Helena Kristiansson / ESL

After rumors around a possible PLAYERUNKNOWN’s BATTLEGROUNDS have been around for a couple of weeks now, ESL and Bluehole join forces once again to bring PUBG to the IEM Oakland. The $200,000 USD first-person squads competition will take place during the 18th and 19th November.

While no invitations have been announced yet, it seems that Bluehole and the ESL have learned from the feedback on their first invitational which took place at Gamescom in Cologne in the end of August. Ten of the spots in the IEM Oakland Invitational will be filled with teams that prove themselves worthy in rather the EU or the NA open qualifier. Additionally, five top teams from each region will receive a direct invite to the event.

Each qualifier features 320 participants (squads) single elimination bracket. 160 out of the 320 will be restricted by MMR. If that just means that just a certain MMR is required to sign-up or if the 160 highest rated squads receive a qualifiers spot is unclear. Just as in the main event, 20 squads will compete on one server while the top 5 teams advance to the next round.

Just like the direct invites the scoring system for the IEM Oakland PUBG Invitational has yet to be announced.

Alexander Hugo
Alexander studied Media and Communication Management in Berlin and London with additional two years of legal studies in Osnabrück, Germany. The Shotcaller is his second esports related project after founding PENTA Sports in 2014.