Back in January, SetToDestroyX had jumped into H1Z1: King of the Kill with an all star team. As the game grew in popularity for both spectators and competitors in esports, attention quickly turned to the H1Z1 Battle Royale mod. It was created by Brendan ‘Playerunknown’ Greene, who never expected to become a full time game designer that centered on that mode. That being said, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds was placed on early release on Steam in March 2017. The game itself is a massive multiplayer online survival game that forces you to focus on your in game avatar as if you were dealing with a real situation. Up to one-hundred players can battle it out on an open map with the play area continually shrinking until there is a single player or team that remains standing. Within two months of early access, they had sold two million copies and immediately took a competitive leap right out the gate with PUBG Online. Currently a PC release, they’ve said at E3 that they plan on a console release at the end of the year for XBOX ONE/X, following the full release of the Windows version.
“THIS IS A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION & HUGE FOR THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF THE GAME. WE WILL BE TOP 5 BY THE END OF THE SEASON.” – StDxRaikar
Also taking a leap is SetToDestroyX, with signing a mature, middle aged, character and chemistry based PUBG team in another emerging market. Joshua ‘Painkillerr’ Rodgers, Kevin ‘Truhls’ Weston, Benjamin ‘Benja’ Holzman, with James ‘Lunatic’ Markle acting as team coach/manager and Andrew ‘Raikar’ Winningham as team captain and starting fourth, will now compete under the SetToDestroyX brand moving forward. They aren’t strangers to playing as a team and as the NA team standings list for PUBG Online shows, the team is ranked seventh, but that will likely change as the team solidified its fourth starting player in Benja and has consistently been placing in the top 5 the last 2 weeks. This team was able to jump to 3rd overall, in one round of qualifiers in only a week and a half of competition. They accumulated 123 points while first gathered up 212. As the interest in the game grows, everyone’s interest has begun to shift towards this ‘battle royale’ movement in esports.
“Moving in to PUBG was something we were looking at the second it was released. We had been looking at teams for a while, seeing where they were at and where they could be with proper support. We are liking our odds with this roster as potential is high. I think venturing into PUBG is something the whole organization is excited about.” Nathaen Wood (https://www.twitter.com/StDxNathaen), SetToDestroyX’s Talent Acquisition & Producer remarked about signing the team. “We wanted to get into PUBG because we have seen the potential growth and we know what our support could do to help grow the competitive scene and progress with the game as well. Stepping in to PUBG will add another group of talented gamers to the SetToDestroyX competitive portfolio, as well as expand our presence in the PC community, while adding a new, exciting title, to the lineup.”
As the numbers continue to rise in both revenue, professional organization jumping on board and a healthy growth in the competitive database, the competitive future for PUBG is looking strong. Presence at DreamHack Summer 2017 has been received with open arms by the community this weekend at Sweden and is a great kickoff as its first true taste of the eSports scene. While there is no official information on upcoming events, there are high hopes we will see PUBG in near future with leagues and big titled events.
PUBG Official: https://www.playbattlegrounds.com/
PUBG Online: https://pubgonline.com/
PUBG Wiki: http://battlegrounds.gamepedia.com/PLAYERUNKOWNS_BATTLEGROUNDS_Wiki
Painkillerr Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/painkiller97
Painkillerr Twitter: https://twitter.com/StDxPainkiller
Lunatic Twitch: www.twitch.tv/LoK_Lunatic
Lunatic Twitter: https://twitter.com/StDxLunatic
Truhls Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/Truhls2323
Truhls Twitter: https://twitter.com/StDxTruhls
Raikar Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/sirraikar
Raikar Twitter: https://twitter.com/StDxRaikar
Benja Twitch: https://twitch.tv/mustbethabenja
Benja Twitter: https://twitter.com/StDxBenja
Written by: https://twitter.com/StDxCattyNoir
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