PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become a massive hit ever since it came out thus it's not that surprising to see a huge desire for it to become the next big thing in eSports. There is a whole new line of rumors regarding PUBG eSport future. We know that many professional teams are trying to push this idea to the spotlight, but until recently there hasn't been any concrete evidence of it actually happening.
However, March 12th changed all that with a single tweet that has stirred quite a bit of dust in recent days. What exactly am I talking about here? Well, here's what's known so far…
A single tweet hinted major news
On Monday, March 12th, Alex Penn, former Blizzard employee had a particularly interesting tweet which became the focal point of the entire eSports industry for a short period of time:
First day 🙂
Esports League Ops Manager at PUBG Santa Monica. pic.twitter.com/WBRpW9YFiq
— Alex (@alexpenn) March 12, 2018
For those of you unaware of what's so newsworthy in this tweet – it's his job title. As you can see above, Alex Penn is employed as eSports League Ops Manager at PUBG Santa Monica. Exactly – it seems as though PUBG Corp is currently in the process of hiring a team full of experts for their very own PUBG eSports league…
Bluehole Studio recognized high demand for PUBG as an eSport
PUBG eSports career has already kickstarted with several invitationals happening in recent months, up to the point of PUBG being featured at Dreamhack Winter 2017. Additionally, South Korea has two PUBG leagues while Russia StarLadder series hosted StarSeries iLeague. But, even before all this (back in PUBG's developmental stages), both professional teams and eSports fans have been massively cheering for exclusive eSports events. So, with the recent flair of events, it seems as though this future has never been closer.
PUBG's future as an esport still remains a mistery
Even if PUBG Corp has plans of establishing their own eSports league, there are many questions left to be answered. For starters, will they drop all support for third-party tournaments (something that Blizzard has been focusing on) and whether or not will they opt for a franchise system. We are seeing more fresh examples of franchise league systems in eSports, more precisely NA LCS and Overwatch League. With Penn (as a former Blizzard employee) on board, both answers to the 2 questions above are likely to be positive… but as of right now, it's way too early for anyone to tell with certainty.
About the Author: Article written by Hipster Jesus, eSports enthusiast and an active member of the CS: GO community. In his free time, he likes to rush B on competitive servers and scream “CYKA BLYAT”.