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PUBG is not close to being Esports ready says creator

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For those of you that are dreaming of becoming a world champion in PUBG, you might want to start job searching for now. According to creator Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, the game is not Esports ready at all, even though a handful of organizations have already been signing up players to their teams and even locally a few tournaments have already taken place. 

According to Stevivor, who chatted to Greene about the game's Esports presence, the sheer amount of players and the way a typical match is played out just does not suit the Esports scene right now. The way an Esports game plays out and the smaller group of players make it easier to spectate and even create cool replays and showcases of each player. With PUBG featuring 100 players, this is a challenge that the creators face when looking at moving the game into a competitive mode.  

We look at it with this idea that there are 100 people fighting. So there are going to be a lot of deaths, and over the course of a 30 minute round, you’re going to have time to play all of those deaths back. It’s more about telling the story of each individual character and it’s not necessarily about all the action, it's about the story which that person is taking. The route that they have found in this particular round, or the weapons which they have found.”

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“We think that is a better way to approach this than your standard kind of Esport where it's all about the action. We can still show you the action and do cleaver replays to make sure all the deaths are captured. Because it’s a tough game to spectate, and from a professional point of view – with 100 players, Esports organisations just look at us and go, ‘Oh what the fuck, why? Can’t you make it with 10 players?’ But it’s a tough thing, no one has done a Battle Royale Esport before and it’s going to take time. We’re trying to build up systems that will support that kind of level of spectating.”

But the restrictions do not stop there as there are many more features in PUBG that make it hard to turn it into an Esports game. From the way points are distributed to the number of rounds that are fair for a typical Esports tournament. These are factors that need to be taken into account when creating a fair and polished Esports experience. However unready BlueHole is in terms fo PUBG being Esports ready, they do want to be. 

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“We’re not trying to push Esports, were trying to reward the players who have supported us by giving them events to play in. There are pro teams now, even though we asked everyone to ‘Calm the fuck down. Esports ready? We are not ready yet,’ But we want to be, and its going to take us probably until sometime next year where we feel like we’ll be able to push into Esports, but even then its only if that is something the community wants it.”

It seems it might be a long time before we see a proper PUBG World Championship takes place and in my opinion, it is fine. As you can see from the interview, the devs want to focus on the people who were actually part of the game's success, and that is the players who play the game day in and day out. PUBG is only leaving early access next month, so baby steps I say. You can expect version 1.0 of the game on both Xbox One and PC to release on 12 December 2017. 

Do you think Esports should take priority for PUBG? Let us know in the comments below. 

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