The first of many PUBG Esports Leagues to Come
It was only a matter of time until the world of the battle royale fiasco had its own league of Esports. And would you look at that, fate has dawned onto the genre, making this statement true: Battle Royale Esports has cometh.
What better game to show off the prowess of such category in the world of Esports than our very own PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. I only happen to find out about this on the promoted Featured page of Twitch, with a title called “OGN Hot6 PUBG Survival Series Season 1Day 1. The competition featured a battle bonanza of 23 teams (originally 24 but one of them was disqualified), brawling on the dry and dangerous desert map, Miramar.
There was no live audience to spectate the game, but 900 people were definitely on their seats via Twitch to watch how this curious new Esports go.
As I said, it has 23 teams, each with four members, deployed together in an effort to be crowned “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.” Simple stuff, really.
The teams were composed of Korean and South East Asian squads. It was broadcasted in Korea, but fortunately, the shoutcasting was English. There are also some familiar names that you can find in other eSports games such as Afreeca Freecs, KSV and KONGDOO.
For the shoutcasting analytics, it felt like listening to Counter-Strike analyses minus textbook CS terms. I’m pretty much surprised that the shoutcasters can actually catch up with whatever was happening on screen since player deaths pile up every 3 minutes of the match.
There were lots of “Esport bits” here and there in that one match I witnessed, such as everyone setting their markers that were surprisingly distant from other teams—I was expecting some chaos to happen after 2 teams would have coincidentally landed on almost the same area. Another moment has players flanking their target while one of them gave covering fire to a player reviving their downed ally. That one was honestly a breath of fresh air after having to play PUBG with squadmates who just straight up go for kills without having any concern for their teammates.
Perhaps the most fun moments to watch in that stream were the times where 4 or more teams wound themselves up into a 4-way Mexican standoff with the others, creating a very destructive and gun-totting entertainment for viewers to eyeball: One moment you see a player running over 2 enemy partners with a jeep while in another part, you get to see some textbook run-n-gun while his teammate offers to cover fire to get some height advantage and snipe-flank 3 players, eliminating the whole team.
By the end of the match, it was only the surviving members of KONGDOO and KSV in a very fast-paced final clash. Concluding the match was a final shot by KSV, making them the first team to win the first Heat.
The game is still on-going, so if you want to catch-up on the competitive eSports ride of PUBG, you can head on over to: https://www.twitch.tv/ogn_pssglobal
Here are some of the highlights from the game:
Ladies and gentlemen, the time is definitely at hand with a new breed of eSports. Whether you like it or not, battle royale eSports is certainly happening. While we may not yet be sure if this will go on and it will click on to people, it won’t be a surprise if Fortnite gets its own league of battle royale esports.
The existence of such league is actually a pretty controversial topic. On esportbet.com, they have addressed some issues and brought in ideas on how a proper battle royale esports can actually be meta. https://esportbet.com/fortnite-battle-royale/. Having the presence of such competitive league, we will be definitely seeing some meta going on with weapons, just like CSGO. The presence of nerfs and buffs will also show up in these games, which can make or break the genre itself.
H1Z1 has even debuted as an esports game which launched last week in Las Vegas at the esports arena https://venturebeat.com/2018/04/19/h1z1-kicks-off-era-of-battle-royale-esports-events-with-las-vegas-tournament/. The reaction of the after-event was full of mixed reviews: some say it’s a joke while others consider it having potential.
On April 22, 2018, Ninja hosted Ninja Vegas 2018, which served as a mini-esports for Fortnite and apparently, people loved it. The event garnered 667,000 viewers, all of which who said it was very fun to watch and that they don’t mind seeing Fortnite becoming a member of the esports society.
I repeat, if this brand of esports continues and people will like it as well as generate so many viewers, it will as well be an effective category. If not, it’s just going to end up like the oddly confusing esports World of Warcraft that got canceled after people said it just doesn’t work.