Bluehole has announced that PUBG will be taking over Gamescom with its first LAN Invitational tournament.
The PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational tournament will take place at Gamescom on August 23-26, and feature the top 80 PUBG players, some community streamers, and even some lucky Gamescom attendees. Players will compete in Solo mode, Duo mode, first-person mode, and Squad mode for a total prize pool of $350,000.
To help cover the cost of the pool, Bluehole is offering some limited-time in-game vanity items that players can purchase. These costumes are based on the Japanese film Battle Royale, which inspired the concept of PUBG. Three loot crates containing the items will be available starting August 3rd, and can be purchased with your in-game Battle Points. However, one of the three crates will require a $2.50 key to open, which must be purchased with real money. In addition funding the prize pool, Bluehole says revenue from the crates will help cover the cost of the event and be donated to select charities. You can watch the announcement trailer below, or check out some of the upcoming costumes in the screen gallery.
Given PUBG’s massive popularity among both players and streamers, a tournament makes sense. Some fans of the game are understandably concerned with the addition of real-currency vanity items, but Bluehole stresses that it’s only for a limited time.