In addition to changes coming to PUBG as part of Update 7.3, PUBG has also announced further details about the next phase of PUBG Esports. PUBG Corporation is following up on May’s exciting PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Continental Series Charity Showdown with PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Continental Series 1 and 2.
The PCS was introduced in April as a pivot to the PUBG esports circuit for 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic broke out across the world, and esports competitions were forced to adapt by going back to the early days of esports with online-only tournaments.
The PCS 1 Grand Finals, which will take place from June 25 - July 5, will see 16 teams battle it out across four days of intense competition over the course of two weeks. Each day will feature five matches across Erangel and Miramar as the teams battle it out for their share of each regional event’s $200,000 USD prize pool. Exclusive items will be sold in-game during the PCS, with 25% of the profits from the items distributed back to pro teams.
PCS 1 and 2 will also mark the return of the Pick’Em Challenge, allowing players on PC and console to guess which team will reign supreme at each regional event. If a pick wins, fans will have the opportunity to take home champion level digital loot. PC fans can take part in the Pick’Em Challenge from June 17 to July 2 while console fans can participate from June 23 to July 2.
The first installment of the PCS was the Charity Showdown, which featured teams competing from the four competitive global regions of North America, Europe, APAC, and Asia with proceeds going to COVID-19 relief.
In addition to all the PUBG Esports news, there are also many updates coming soon with Update 7.3. Update 7.3 introduces a full menu of quality of life improvements and a few enhancements to gameplay that should make a difference in PUBG going forward. These updates and more will be available for PC Test Servers on June 10, followed by their official PC launch on June 17 and June 23 for console players.
Players can look forward to a pair of significant changes with C4 utility and vehicle damage making a shift to more realism. The sticky explosive can now be thrown and comes with a dangerous 25 meter damage radius. The battlegrounds are a little less safe now players will be tossing C4 around.
Vehicles that are whittled down to zero hit points, as opposed to taking explosive damage from Redzones or the above-mentioned C4, will no longer explode immediately. Instead, users will have a few seconds to escape after a four-wheeled vehicle (boats and motorcycles aren’t changing) hits 0 HP, loses engine power, and explodes.
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