Should PUBG be an eSport Game?

By Muhammad Bilal Syahrir

Although Playerunknown’s Battleground (PUBG) is a popular game, a question comes into view: should PUBG be an eSport game?

Although Playerunknown’s Battleground (PUBG) is a popular game, a question whether PUBG should be an eSport game still comes into view.

Brendan Greene, the creative director of PUBG has set his standards high. His hope for the game’s future is to be a game with a competitive eSport scheme. Also according to an interview with Eurogamer, Greene adds that he wants to have a PUBG League just like the Overwatch League.

“Right now this year we’re really heavily investing into setting up an esports infrastructure, we’re building an esports team globally now, between the US and Europe and Asia, and really trying to develop out the tools we need to support esport organisations and players in order to give a good foundation.”

Greene also adds that in the future, his vision is to have a more open dialogue with PUBG fans.

Previously, PUBG itself had major eSport tournaments notably IEM Oakland and Gamescom. From the events, we could pretty much see the enthusiasm of each team especially when money and pride were on the line.

But there is also a downside to this. When 20 teams consist of 4 players play for money, the game tends to be a bit different.

Should PUBG be an eSport Game?

Brendan Greene

Let’s take a look at IEM Oakland for example. Despite the fact that assault rifles were set to spawn at 1.5X the normal rate, the game tends to be slow. After 20 minutes of play in the first match, 60 of 80 players were still alive.

Another issue with what we have seen previously is that casting these type of matches can have problems.

For example, not often do we hear the crowd cheering in excitement when they hear a gunfight happening. Unfortunately, the camera focused on someone healing their wounds.

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However, the final moments of the match were always undoubtedly watchable and tense.

To conclude, PUBG is definitely potential to be an eSport game. However, it still needs to find a good system to make it more compelling for the audience.

What do you think? Share your thought in the comment section below!

Edited by Devi




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