MARCH 29, 2021 – KRAFTON, Inc., the creator of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), today announced the final results of PUBG GLOBAL INVITATIONAL.S (PGI.S), an eight-week esports festival that was hosted in South Korea from Feb. 5 through March 28, 2021.

North America’s Soniqs were crowned PGI.S Champions, winning more than $1.29 million USD throughout the entirety of the festival. Thanks to revenue generated by the sale of exclusive in-game items from the PGI.S Pick’Em Challenge, the total prize pool grew to over $7 million USD, making it one of the largest in esports history.

A total of 5 teams from South East Asia (SEA) participated in the event, namely Buriram United Esports (Thailand), Attack All Around (Thailand), Daytrade Gaming (Thailand), LG Divine (Vietnam) and DivisionX Gaming (Vietnam). Among the SEA teams, Thailand’s Daytrade Gaming won the most prize with $131,856 USD, placing 12th in total.

“The event was meaningful for us as we put our hearts into the challenge and managed to host an esports event, which seemed impossible amid the uncertainties due to the COVID pandemic,” said KRAFTON CEO CH Kim. “I would like to express my gratitude to fans who showed their interest in PGI.S and players who showed the true essence of survival through the intense and fierce competition throughout the eight-week period.”

PGI.S played host to 32 teams from eight competitive regions. Over the past weeks, teams competed to accumulate as much prize money as possible while the payouts increased from week to week. The team with the most prize money at the end of the competition would be crowned PGI.S Champions. Two months of competition between the best PUBG Esports teams from around the world built up to this weekend.

Now that the PGI.S has concluded, KRAFTON, Inc. will next host two events based on the successful format of last year’s PUBG Continental Series (PCS), with PCS4 being held in June and PCS5 in September. The action will culminate by bringing the world’s best teams together with the PUBG Global Championship (PGC) in November.

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