Cincinnati, Ohio – July 20, 2017 – Elevate (http://elevate.gg), a professional esports organization supporting professional teams in Call of Duty, Smite, Super Smash Bros., and Rainbow 6: Siege, has announced the pickup of a new roster for PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The roster consists of Sawyer “itzSwisher” Buck, Dakota “Shraded” Freelon, Justin “NOPNOP” Regan, Aurimas “DizzyLT” Maldaikis, and Jason “Drunk” Slade, and was formerly known as “Team LFS.” The PUBG scene is one of the youngest, with only a handful of formal events having taken place for the Early Access/Open Beta release of the game, but has quickly amassed hundreds of thousands of players and top live-streaming numbers on popular streaming platform Twitch.tv.
PUBG, a variant of the Battle Royale gametypes that have been popularized of late, is especially promising as a future esport due to its heavy developer involvement and ground-up design. With some recent additions such as spectator mode and private server configuration, it is set to potentially make a heavy presence in an increasingly-growing esports market that is searching for another competitive PC-based first-person shooter. The popularity of Counter Strike: Global Offensive in esports is testament to the potential of PUBG.
Elevate is responding to the potential growth by supporting up-and-coming players, some with previous competitive experience; Regan with competitive CS 1.6 LAN experience, Freelon in Call of Duty. The roster has been formalized for nearly a month and the team has consistently been top-3 in popular leaderboards and formal events. Brandon Hatfield, CEO of Elevate, noted, “I have absolutely loved playing PUBG casually, and can already see strong indications that this is poised to be a great esports platform. I’m excited to bring on this roster because they are all eager to practice hard, represent the values that Elevate expects, and to build their social media and streaming presence. I’m delighted to be among the first professional organizations to bring a PUBG roster on-board; we want to see this scene grow and are committed to doing everything we can to make it the next HUGE esport.”
When asked for comment, Buck, the captain of Elevate PUBG, commented, “When I was 14, I remember watching Elevate CS:GO players like Roca and Storm and was awestruck in not only the team but the results; they were the BEST. To get the opportunity to captain the greatest roster for PUBG, for the number one esports organization is a dream come true. I can only promise to bring the best results possible; it is a true honor and I could not be more excited!”
Stay tuned as Elevate’s new PUBG team ramps up for formal competition in the months to come.
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