As the name suggests, HP has teamed up with PUBG Corp (along with Intel) for tournaments across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand with 2 categories – recreational and influencer. The combined prize pool is $50,000 (approximately Rs. 35 lacs).
“HP constantly forces boundaries to develop the latest cutting-edge and comprehensive portfolio of Omen gambling devices to fuel the passion, excitement and competitive spirit of gamers,” said Foo Siew Ting, Head of Personal Systems Marketing, HP Asia-Pacific and Japan. “Beyond developing groundbreaking technologies, our collaborations with the likes of PUBG Corporation are crucial to creating deeper connections within the gaming community and evolving together the landscape.”
“With near 1.5 billion players currently gaming on PCs, Intel is always pushing the boundaries to provide the best e-sports and gaming experience to this rapidly growing market. Intel has a long history of success from e-sports and gaming and being a component of Omen Challenger Series with HP and PUBG shows our continued commitment to this distance,” said Ajay Mohan, Director of Marketing, Intel Asia-Pacific and Japan.
PUBG HP Omen Challenger Series start date
Registrations are now accessible via the HP Omen website for online qualifiers starting September 15. As much as 80 amateur teams of four will take part in the nation qualifiers, which will be livestreamed via local streaming studios. Two PUBG influencers per country will be encouraged to form groups of four at the Grand Finals which will be held at Commart in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 2-4, 2018. A total of 40 teams will compete in the amateur and influencer categories.
PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) is one of the more popular PC games in India with particular e-sports organisers likening its ascendance to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which makes it just a matter of time before gambling PC brands attempted to capitalise on the hype. Events like these are a method for PUBG Corp to sustain interest in the sport in the surface of a packed season of games including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, FIFA 19, and updates to favorites such as Fortnite and Overwatch.