[toc]Fans of the wildly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will now be able to bet on the battle royale shooter for the first time.
GG.bet steps to the plate
The move coincides with the first major esports tournament for PUBG, which starts on Aug. 23 at Gamescom.
PUBG gains popularity quickly
PUBG has shot up the charts since its early access release in March. According to a report from Newzoo, the title was the sixth most popular PC game in the month of July, trailing behind big titles like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but beating out World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto V, and Heroes of the Storm.
Notably, PUBG was nearly on par in those rankings with Activision-Blizzard’s popular first-person shooter Overwatch, which is now being supported by the upcoming Overwatch League with investment from sports business leaders like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
This surge has drummed up plenty of interest in PUBG as a potential esports title.
In an interview with Dot Esports, Team Liquid co-CEO Steve Arhancet was bullish on the game’s future.
“I’m confident PUBG has the right components to have a big place in the future of esports, including a large player base and a dedicated developer to improve the game,” Arhancet said.
The strength of PUBG can also be seen on Twitch, the internet’s biggest hub for esports fans and spectators. The game routinely occupies the top spot in aggregated viewership.
Popular esports personalities from a broad range of games have made the game a part of their streaming rotation. That has helped to expose it to potential new players.
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PUBG ready for primetime?
The PUBG Invitational at Gamescom will mark the big debut for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as an esports title.
A prize pool of $350,000 is at stake, making it as rich as some big tournaments for established esports titles like CS:GO and Dota 2. And now, thanks to GG.bet, fans will be able to get in on the action as well.