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KRAFTON announces PUBG Nations Cup 2022

South Korean online game company KRAFTON has announced the return of PUBG international competition following a two-year hiatus called PUBG Nations Cup 2022 which will be held in South East Asia.

Bangkok, Thailand has been selected as the host for four days from June 16 to 19. A total of 16 teams will compete to win a $500,000 prize pool with the second and third place will get $58,000 and $50,000, respectively. Krafton has also disclosed that the PUBG Nations Cup 2022 prize pool would be partially funded by 30% of the revenue from in-game purchases.

The last PUBG tournament was the PUBG Global Championship 2019 in Los Angeles and Oakland, California before the COVID-19 outbreak. The 2019 championship had the total prize pool (incl. PGC sales) reach $4,000,000 USD with Gen E Esports being crowned champions.

PUBG Nations Cup 2022: Schedule, venue

The competitions will start at 7:00 EDT and the tournament itself is expected to have five matches per day. Teams will participate in 20 matches on Erangel and Miramar.

The format for PUBG Nations Cup 2022 will use the Global Point Rule, meaning it will combine elimination points and placement points.

For the venue, the competition will be held at TRUE ICON Hall, ICONSIAM 7th floor near Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Even though the venue can host a maximum of 1,200 people, the event will be following Thailand’s public health policy.

The tickets will also be available on-site using the first-come-first-served policy. Because the competition is offline, fans may come early to watch the pre-match events while waiting for the main match.

“Fans will be able to enter the arena from 16:00 and enjoy pre-match events before the main match starting at 18:00,” PUBG announced in a released statement.

“Don’t miss the chance not only to see your favorite national teams and players up close but also to directly interact with them via on-site events! Make sure to grab a seat at PNC 2022, watch exciting matches get your hands full with PUBG merch and giveaways!”

Participating teams

There will be a total of 64 players from 16 countries across four regions. The regions include Asia (China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea), Asia Pacific (Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam), Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, United States), and Europe (Finland, Germany, Turkey, United Kingdom).

Europe has strong compositions on the team, with names like Christopher “Fexx” Wheddon of FaZe Clan for the UK; Anssi “mxey” Pekkonen of Team Liquid for Finland; Tim “Myca” Bodenseh of shiftW for Germany and Furkan “Smashbae” Sanli of BBL Esports for Turkey.

How to watch

Fans can watch the PUBG Nations Cup 2022 livestreams on PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS’ Twitch channel. You can also tune in on their official YouTube, and Facebook channels. Local broadcasts in Turkish and German will also be available during the live matches.

Prize Pool

The total prize pool for PUBG Nations Cup 2022 is $500,000 USD. The distribution of the money is as follows:

1st – $100,000

2nd – $58,000

3rd – $50,000

4th – $44,000

5th – $38,000

6th – $34,000

7th – $30,000

8th – $26,000

9th – $22,000

10th – $20,000

11th – $18,000

12th – $16,000

13th – $14,000

14th – $12,000

15th – $10,000

16th – $8,000

Pick’em Challenge

Pick’em Challenge will give fans an opportunity to predict the PNC 2022 winning team. It will use voting coupons, which can be obtained by purchasing in-game PNC 2022 skins and items.