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Gamescom PUBG Invitational Announced, Will Have $350k Prize Pool

Coming hot off the news that PUBG has surpassed 5 million units sold, Bluehole, Inc. has announced that they've partnered with the ESL gaming network for a PUBG Invitational that will take place at Gamescom on August 23 – 26, 2017 in Cologne, Germany.

The offline tournament will feature the top 80 PUBG players and influencers as they compete for a prize pool valued at $350,000. The contest will include Solo mode, Duo mode, Duo First Person Perspective mode and Squad mode across the four-day event, where the best overall score from three games played will determine the winner. Starting on August 3rd, Bluehole will be allowing players to purchase vanity items to customize their characters with and the proceedings from that will go toward the prize pool. They'll also be getting access to First Person Perspective servers and a new rifle with a patch update.

“From very early on we knew that the success of PUBG was reliant on the passion of its community. We want to celebrate this by inviting eighty of the top players from around the world to compete in the first offline invitational,” says Bluehole VP and Executive Producer Chang Han Kim in a press release for the announcement. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how quickly our community has grown, and can’t wait to hear about everyone’s experience this summer."

There's some sweet gear coming to the community in the next major patch via three new crates. The crates will contain items inspired by the Battle Royale movie and the first and second crates, named the Wanderer Crate and the Survivor Crate, will be free to open. Each of these crates will include one set of the themed clothing, on top of other cosmetic items. The third crate named the Gamescom Invitational Crate will have the most diverse pool of themed clothing, but you'll have to purchase a $2.50 key to open it.

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If you're not one of the lucky people invited to the tournament, it will be broadcast each day at 4 pm CEST on Twitch, Facebook, Youtube, Mixer, and Twitter. There will also be interactive coverage with participants will be available on social media. If you're attending Gamescom, select attendees will be able to meet the Bluehole devs and play the latest build of the game. You also may want to work on your skills before August arrives because those same attendees may get a shot to enter the tournament and get some of the massive prize pool.

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