Welcome to this week’s esports update! Last week, I said that Gfinity Elite Series only had one more week before the playoffs, but it turns out I was a week early – next week is the final week of League Play, with the Play-offs starting July 7. With Overwatch League on hiatus this week, I decided to take a look at another popular game with a Global Tournament – PUBG! While I was hesitant at first, it turns out the tournament format is really viewer-friendly, so I’ve covered the results of the Oceanic tournament for PUBG Global Invitational. Note I don’t have the bandwidth to cover all tournaments, but I do play to cover the big finale, of which our winning team will be a part later in the year.
Melbourne Order and Sydney Chiefs continue to be the team to beat this week, while the Brisbane Deceptors get their first win on the board, defeating Sydney Roar in this week’s Street Fighter 5 comp! No major changes to standings this week, and I’ve got a feeling this will continue into the Play-offs…
That said, overall standings seem to be clear, but on a game-by-game basis, the story is a little different. Order and the Chiefs are strong at CS:GO, but the spread is fairly equal. When it comes to Rocket League, Perth Ground Zero is giving the leaders a run for their money, and in Street Fighter 5, Melbourne Avant Gaming has been on a winning streak. While it will be interesting to see how it all plays out overall, I’m also keen to see where the teams make their mark within each game bracket.
|Perth Ground Zero||7||5|
|Melbourne Avant Gaming||7||5|
The PUBG Global Invitational is being held later this year in Berlin, but prior to this the regional qualifiers are being held across the planet. This past weekend saw the Oceanic qualifiers, which I believe only covers Australia and New Zealand (although I’m happy to be wrong if anyone can clear this up for me). As you can see, the Chiefs won by a large margin and were in the front right from the first of the 3 days of play. The next 5-10 places changed over the course of play, but Order was able to secure second place through solid play/placements on the third day.
It’s interesting to see these two teams in particular at the top of both this leaderboard and the one for Gfinity Elite Series… In fact, the top 4 places are taken up by teams in both tournaments as well… This says a lot for the quality of these teams, and although we are still early in the lifecycle of esports within Australia, I think we are starting to see some emerging leaders.
As a result of this tournament, the Chiefs walk away with $12,000 AUD in prize money, Order with $8000, Avant Gaming with $4000, and Ground Zero Gaming with $2400 (the top 8 teams walk away with a share of the prize pool); however, only the Chiefs will be making their way to Berlin to compete for a share of USD $1 million.
Quickly – you may be wondering how PUBG plays out in an esports setting, given the game’s large map and player count. This tournament (and I assume others) plays out very simply – each team is a squad of four, so all 20 teams play a series of matches with points awarded for both placement and kills. Viewers (but not players) can see all teams on the map and in-game, as well as being able to see silhouettes through walls. This allows for viewers to be able to get a view of the match that the players don’t have, and definitely provides for much more interesting viewing. As a result, I expect I will tune into more PUBG esports now that I know how it works!
On that last note, however – I should be clear that I will not be covering all of the regional qualifiers for the Global Invitational, as I don’t have the bandwidth. That said, I do plan to cover the event itself, to see how well the Chiefs do in global competition. Go Aussies!
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|4||Ground Zero Gaming||2410||720||3130|