PlayerUnknown, the creator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), has discussed the game’s possible future as an esport, saying that it is not yet ready.
Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene discussed his hit game’s potential as an esport during a recent interview and stated that he does not yet believe it to be ready yet, but that it “will be one day”.
The Battle Royale genre has shot in popularity in recent years and PUBG is the current king of the genre as the most played game on Steam by a comfortable margin.
It is also massively popular for streaming content, competing with League of Legends for the top spot on Twitch on a regular basis.
A number of big-name esports organizations are already beginning to pick up rosters for the game, including the likes of OpTic Gaming, TSM. FaZe Clan, Cloud9, Team Liquid, and many more.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1, PlayerUnknown shared his thoughts on teams and events for the game popping up, and made it clear that he does not believe that the game is ready.
Battle Royale could be an amazing eSport, but we have to get it right. […] we have to build an amazing foundation for it to happen and that takes time.
[…] The whole community is saying we’re eSports ready. We’re not yet but we will be one day.
There have already been major PUBG tournaments held at the likes of Intel Extreme Masters Oakland which featured a $200,000 prize pool and was won by against All authority, a French team.
There have also been events at Gamescom in Germany and the G-Star convention in South Korea, but PlayerUnknown is quick to make it clear that these events are more about testing formats than being truly competitive.
We’re still figuring out the right format, how to do it, how to run the events to give organisers enough air time and make sure the players feel it’s fair. These things are going to take time but we’re in no rush. We believe Battle Royale could be an amazing eSport, but we have to get it right.