Competitive gaming platform FaceIT has partnered with PUBG Corporation to host the first global event of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' (PUBG) 2019 esports season.
The FaceIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic will take place at ExCeL London on April 16th to 21st, mark the end of Phase 1 for PUBG esports and crown the first champion of the PUBG Classic series.
The ExCeL London will see 24 teams from North America (NPL), Europe (PEL), Korea (PKL), China, Japan (PJS), Chinese Taipei/Hong Kong/Macao, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Oceania compete in the multi-stage tournament.
Last year, FaceIT integrated PUBG into its gaming platform, allowing players to develop their skills and play PUBG more competitively, and earlier this year FaceIT announced the PUBG Showdown three-month online tournament. The partnership is now expanding further with this global event.
Bridging these activities, the new Summit will feature a showmatch between six teams who took part in the FaceIT PUBG Showdow, which started on February 8th.
Each month the top two teams will receive a direct invitation to the Summit to compete on stage in front of a live audience and viewers watching from home. The next Showdown takes place on March 8th, with the final one on March 29th. Players can register their interest in the Showdown here.
"We're honoured to have been selected as a partner for the first premier event that gathers the top teams from all over the world."
Michele Attisani, FaceIT
PUBG made some esports changes earlier this year too. The developers announced a 25% revenue share from esports-specific in-game items that would go to teams, a program designed to help the ecosystem and teams financially. This support will continue throughout the year and operate alongside competitions coordinated by third parties including FaceIT.
"We've been on an incredible journey with PUBG since the platform integration," said Michele Attisani, co-founder & CBO of FaceIT.
"Building an esports ecosystem, incentivising players and creating a calendar that engages fans is no mean feat and we're honoured to have been selected as a partner for the first premier event that gathers the top teams from all over the world.
"We're looking to offer the ultimate fan experience in April and we're excited to bring another major esports event back to London."
Jake Sin, global esports manager for PUBG Corporation, added: "In this next chapter of PUBG esports, we're thrilled to be working with FaceIT on our first PUBG Classic and bringing the top battle royale esports teams in the world to the United Kingdom.
"FaceIT's track record of esports innovation and proven success in live event production mean fans are in for a real treat with the Global Summit."
Tickets for the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic can be purchased here, from £6 for an individual ticket to £27.50 for a premium weekend pass.
You can check out a trailer for the event here: