Pro esports organisation Team Liquid have moved into Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) – and their roster includes two UK players.
The four-man squad consists of Swedish players Oliver “Ollywood” Tell and Bjorn “Molnman” Won Hak Jansson, as well as Brits Daniel “Hayz” Heaysman and Scoom.
The team will take part in the $350,000 Gamescom PUBG Invitational in Cologne at the end of this month – the first PUBG LAN. Other UK players taking part in the tournament – run by ESL – include Gary “BreaK” Marshall who plays for TSM.
Team Liquid co-CEO and owner Steve Arhancet said: “We are thrilled to announce that Team Liquid will now be a part of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS’ budding competitive scene.
“We believe in the game’s future and its growing community, and we are confident that Scoom, Molnman, Hayz and Ollywood will be trailblazers in this young scene. We are big fans of PUBG and we’re excited to take our first steps together.”
“PUBG is great to watch on a casual level. I’m just hoping we can come up with a ruleset that will make the game thrilling to watch on a competitive level too.”
Daniel “Hayz” Heaysman
UK player Hayz added: “I’m extremely excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of Team Liquid’s first ever PUBG team.
“PUBG is great to watch on a casual level. I’m just hoping we can come up with a ruleset that will make the game thrilling to watch on a competitive level too. Once a ruleset is in place, the game will run a whole lot better for players and spectators alike.”
Scoom, who met Hayz last year playing ARMA 3: Battle Royale, commented: “I think Battle Royale-style games have a big place in the future of esports.
“Even though it might not be the most competitive or mechanically skilled out there, it definitely has the most intense entertainment factor.
“I hope it continues to grow because it’s a game genre that I have completely fallen in love with.”
Read more from Team Liquid’s players in this official announcement post.
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