PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is without a doubt one of the most popular and played games in recent memory. It’s continually breaking records on Steam, including being the first game to ever crack the 2 million concurrent players threshold. Plus, with it growing more and more every day, more and more opportunities for the game are coming, especially in the esports world. In fact, the IEM Oakland Qualifiers are starting today, and we have the full breakdown on what you can expect from the tournament.
The point of the Qualifiers is to determine the players that’ll go to the main tournament itself. In fact, by the end of the tournament, there will only be eight teams who qualify. Four from the US, and four from Europe. If you’re looking to check out the tournament, you can find streams made by Richard Simms (@TheSimms), Matt Oates (@Matrym_gg) and Leigh Smith (@FollowDeman), so be sure to check them out and not miss any of the action!
Round One of the tournament will see 16 groups comprised of a total 320 teams duking it out for supremacy. The top 5 teams from each group will advance after three matches have been had. Then, for Round 2, the teams will be divided up into 4 groups. Then, the final 20 groups will play against each other in Round 3, with the top 4 teams of each group qualifying for the main tournament.
It’s set to be an interesting tournament, and one that will be watched by many no doubt. So if you’re up for seeing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds played in top form, make sure you take some time today to watch the tournament.
Developer Bluehole has said previously that they fully support the esports movement for the game. Now, whether a full-on league sponsored by them comes is a bit up in the air, as they’re still working on the main game itself. But you never know…