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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds announces PGI qualifier event

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PUBG Corp and Bluehole have already announced the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 (PGI 2018), which is a weird way of spelling "world championship". There will be regional qualifiers and North American qualifier event has now been detailed.

PGI North America Qualifier will run from 24 May to 24 June 2018 and it will have a prize pool of $150.000,~€125.600 or ~£110.600. It will be split between top 20 teams of the tournament. The first day of PGI North America Qualifier will see a massive 320 teams competing for entry into the next round. Top 10 teams from each lobby will qualify.

Day 2 will have 160 teams left, split into up to eight lobbies of 20 teams each. These teams will once again play four matches to determine top 10 out of each lobby. The third round will happen on 26 and 27 May 2018, with the same rules as the previous two rounds. There will be 80 teams left, split into four lobbies of 20 teams each. This round will have eight matches across two days in order to determine the top five teams from each lobby, who will advance to the qualifier finals in Burbank, California.

Starting with Day 3, the tournament will be covered on Twitch and YouTube livestreams. Final round in Burbank will be happening from 22 to 24 June 2018. The remaining teams will play 12 matches across three days, with top three teams advancing to PUBG Global Invitational 2018 in Berlin.

PGI North America Qualifier's prize pool will be distributed between the top 20 teams, which means all final round participants will get a share of the prize, with better standing teams earning higher prizes. They will range from $32.000 for the first place to $2.000 for 17th to 20th places.

Placing will be determined based on points that the teams score. Each kill will bring 15 points and placement will have point rewards as well. First place in each match will score 500 points for the team, scaling down with each rank to a minimum of five points for 19th place and 0 for 20th. Exact prize and point numbers can be seen here.

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Each team will need to have at least two players from North America, which means Mexico, USA and Canada, in order to qualify. If a player participates in North American qualifier round, they will not be able to participate in the European qualifier and vice versa. In order to be able to participate, all team members have to be 18 years or older. Full schedule with further details on how to participate can be found here.