AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - June 16, 2022 - Today KRAFTON Inc. officially kicks off the PUBG Nations Cup (PNC) 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand, an international competition where 16 of the best PUBG Esports teams from across the globe will come together to see which region is crowned champion. A total of 20 matches will be played from June 16 through 19 at the TRUE ICON Hall in the ICONSIAM Mall. The matches will start at 1:00 PM CEST each day and can be watched live from home via PUBG Twitch or PUBG Esports YouTube. Last held in 2019, PNC has proven to be incredibly popular with players and fans alike, and KRAFTON is thrilled to bring back this beloved competition, which is also the first PUBG Esports event to be held in front of a live audience since the PUBG Global Championship (PGC) in November 2019. Additionally, the 18.1 Update has officially gone live on all consoles for players to enjoy in between PNC 2022 matches.
PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS - 18.1 Update Out Now
In tandem with the PNC 2022 kick-off celebration, the 18.1 Update is out now on all platforms in PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS for players to drop into who feel inspired by the highly-skilled teams competing in PNC 2022. The latest update brings a new Ranked Season, more healing items in Erangel and Miramar Normal Matches, and the original Sanhok map in Team Deathmatch Mode. For more information about the 18.1 Update, please view the full patch notes HERE.
PNC 2022 Event Format
There will be five matches per day with a total of 20 matches on Erangel and Miramar. PNC 2022 will be played according to the "points rule", which combines kill and placement points. The team that has earned the most total points after 20 matches will be crowned the winner of PNC 2022.
Over the course of PNC 2022, a total of 64 players from countries in four regions will face off:
Europe (United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Turkey)
Americas (United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina)
Asia-Pacific (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia)
Asia (Korea, China, Japan, Chinese Taipei)
The players and coaches traveling to Thailand to represent the EMEA region are as follows:
Finland: mxey, D1gg3r1, curexi, PaG3, Tiikzu (Coach)
Germany: Zoccer, AzzaRR, PaiinZ, Myca, ItzzChrizZ (Coach)
Turkey: xLyron, Esqui, Quetpa, Smash, Onur (Coach)
UK: vard, Fexx, TeaBone, mykLe, MiracU (Coach)
Pick’em Challenge Returns
The Pick 'Em Challenge is also making a comeback for PNC 2022, with PC and console players able to purchase PNC 2022 items in PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS until June 17 (PC) and June 29 (console) respectively. Thirty percent of the net sales will be contributed to the overall prize pool and distributed to participating teams. During PNC 2022, fans can “vote” for the teams they believe will win select matches in order to earn Esports Points (EP). EP can then be exchanged for exclusive PNC 2022 gear in the in-game store. Similar to previous Pick‘em Challenges, fans need voting coupons to “vote” on the outcome they think is most likely. Voting coupons can be obtained by purchasing thematic PNC items or by using “codes” that will appear during a PNC broadcast. Each fan can vote up to seven times and will earn 100,000 EP per correct selection.
PNC 2022 Press Conference
As part of the event, a press conference was held yesterday where players shared their excitement and goals for the upcoming tournament. Fans can watch the stream via PUBG Esports YouTube and PUBG Twitch.
Catch all of the PNC 2022 action on the PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS Twitch, YouTube and Facebook channels. For the latest information about PUBG Esports, please visit https://www.pubgesports.com/en/main, Twitter, or Instagram. More information on PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS is available at emea.battlegrounds.pubg.com and on official social media channels: YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch and TikTok. Further assets and press releases are available on the official PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS press room.
About KRAFTON, Inc.
KRAFTON, Inc. is a collective of independent game development studios brought together to create innovative and engaging entertainment experiences for gamers across the world. The company consists of PUBG Studios, Bluehole Studio, Striking Distance Studios, RisingWings, Dreamotion, Unknown Worlds and 5minlab, each with its own unique expertise.
KRAFTON is responsible for premier entertainment properties including PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, NEW STATE MOBILE, The Callisto Protocol, TERA, and ELYON. As a technology-driven company that boasts world-class capabilities, KRAFTON seeks to expand its areas of business beyond games to multimedia entertainment and deep learning. For more information about KRAFTON, please visit https://www.krafton.com.