AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 21, 2022 - KRAFTON, Inc., the creator of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, announced the final results of the PUBG GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 (PGC 2022), an in-person PUBG Esports tournament broadcast live from Dubai from 1 - 20 November. Europe roster Natus Vincere earned the title of PGC 2022 Champions, taking home more than USD $1,000,000 in prize money. Ahead of the final day of the competition, CEO of KRAFTON, CH Kim addressed the audience through a video message, announcing plans for PUBG Esports in 2023.
Grand Finals Recap
The PGC 2022 Grand Finals took place in UAE Dubai Exhibition Center from 17-20, with a live audience in attendance. The teams played 20 matches spread over 4 days of the Grand Finals and Natus Vincere came out on top with 179 points.
Up until the last day, it seemed like the first place was out of reach for Natus Vincere, but having earned three Chicken Dinners on the final day of the Grand Finals, the team earned their first PGC championship title, becoming the first team from Europe to do so.
Second place went to 17GAMING from China. They held the top place after the first two days of the Grand Finals but were pushed back to second position on the third day. Despite their fierce fight to secure the number one spot on the last day, 17GAMING ended the tournament with a total of 168 points. Europe’s Twisted Minds took the third place, with Americas’ eUnited in fourth.
On top of the first place prize of $600,000, Natus Vincere took home an additional $408,000 from the Pick’em Challenge. Thanks to the revenue generated by event exclusive in-game items from the PGC 2022 Pick’em Challenge, 30% of net sales went towards the total prize pool, bringing it from USD $2,000,000 to USD $3,335,000.
MVP went to Natus Vincere marksman xmpl who made a total of 32 kills and 15 assists in just the Grand Finals. He was awarded an additional prize of USD $10,000.
PUBG Esports 2023 Roadmap
Ahead of the final day of the competition, CEO of KRAFTON, CH Kim addressed the audience through a video message, announcing plans for PUBG Esports in 2023.
PUBG Global Series (PGS), which was first introduced in 2020 will be held twice in 2023, once in the first half, and again in the second half of the year. PGS was initially planned to bring top tier global PUBG Esports teams together but was temporarily switched to the PUBG Continental Series (PCS) format due to the pandemic. Participating teams will now be able to earn PGC points at the PGS tournaments.
PUBG Nations Cup (PNC), which returned this June after three years, will be held again in 2023. This year’s PNC hit a record high viewership of 1,600,000 unique viewers, garnering even more anticipation for what's to come next year
A Global Partnership Program will be launched next year. Through a thorough screening and review, KRAFTON will designate its Global Partner Teams from over 250 teams around the world. The Global Partner Teams will have custom team-branded in-game items made and will be given a slot in the PGS. A share of the profits from the sale of the items will be shared with the partnered teams.
KRAFTON is also planning to open a dedicated stadium for PUBG Esports in South Korea in the first half of 2024 to allow fans and players to enjoy PUBG Esports all year round.
CH Kim, CEO of KRAFTON said “KRAFTON will ramp up its efforts to take PUBG Esports and turn it into an iconic and cultural brand” while “defining our unique brand identity of PUBG esports and pursuing diverse collaborations”.
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About KRAFTON Inc.
KRAFTON, Inc. is a collective of independent game development studios brought together to create innovative and engaging entertainment experiences for gamers across the world. The company consists of PUBG Studios, Bluehole Studio, Striking Distance Studios, RisingWings, Dreamotion, Unknown Worlds and 5minlab, each with its own unique expertise.
KRAFTON is responsible for premier entertainment properties including PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, NEW STATE MOBILE, The Callisto Protocol, Moonbreaker, TERA, and ELYON. As a technology-driven company that boasts world-class capabilities, KRAFTON seeks to expand its areas of business beyond games to multimedia entertainment and deep learning. For more information about KRAFTON, please visit https://www.krafton.com.