The ESL Gaming Network, the world's largest esports company, and publisher Bluehole announced today they would be bringing the first ever PlayerUnknowns Battleground offline Invitational to this year's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Taking place between August 23 and 26, the event will pit 80 Battlegrounds players against each other in the game's standard Battle Royale-type gameplay mode. The event will offer a solo event, duo event, a duo event in first person perspective and and a squad event.
This is a pretty big announcement for the game, as it's the first LAN event for Battlegrounds since launching in early access back in March. Since its release, the game has sold more than six million copies, quickly becoming one of the most-played games on Steam and building a dedicated, immense community.
And organizers are utilizing that community to raise money for the invitational. On August 3, Bluehole will start rolling out special vanity items, the costs of which will be used as prizes for the event's winners, as well as offered to charities of the publisher's choosing. The total prize pool has been valued at $350,000.
The event will be broadcast across Battlegrounds official accounts, including Twitter, Facebook and Twitch and will even offer ways for viewers to interact with players -- though exactly how hasn't been specified at this time. Coverage begins each day at 10AM ET (7AM PT).
More details about the invitational are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
For more on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, one of the bigger video game developer success stories in recent memories, read our profile of Playerunknown himself, Brendan Greene, where he discussed the inside story of how his smash game came to be.