FirstBlood is set to host its first PUBG invitational, which will take place on February 17th and be streamed on FirstBlood’s Twitch channel. Invited teams, including Cloud9, eUnited and Noble, will compete for $1000 worth of physical prizes.
For those unfamiliar with FirstBlood: it is a decentralised esports betting platform based on the cryptocurrency Etherium. Theoretically, this use of blockchain technology allows players to bet on games in a much more efficient fashion than conventional currencies would allow. The app syncs up to your Steam and lets you wager cryptocurrency-backed tokens on the outcome of a game, with the winner taking the spoils. GINX writer Damian Alonzo did a great job explaining what FirstBlood is all about in his article for PC Gamer.
Currently, the platform is limited to Dota 2, with support for ladders and tournaments in that game only. The announcement of this invitational seems to indicate that FirstBlood have their sights set on the wider esports landscape – and PUBG, with its ridiculous popularity and burgeoning esports scene, is as good a place to start as any.
Read the full press release below.
FirstBlood is pleased to announce the FirstBlood PUBG Invitational, a top level PUBG tournament featuring top teams such as Cloud9, eUnited, Noble and many more.
Sixteen of the best North American PUBG teams have been invited to the competition and will compete in five rounds, three on Erengel and two on Miramar, to decide who walks away the victor. The competition will take place on February 17th, with all the action being streamed live on the FirstBlood Twitch channel [twitch.tv/firstbloodio].
The first round of teams to be announced for the competition include eUnited, Noble, Cloud9, Totality, Gale Force, GAMBINO, Shoot to Kill, Nova eSports and God Squad. The final teams will be revealed in the coming days. These teams will be playing for $1,000 of physical prizes.
Alongside the announcement of the PUBG Invitational, FirstBlood is pleased to reveal that they will be bringing PUBG to their platform in the coming months. This will allow players of all skill levels to compete in a competitive environment with other like minded players. Expect further news, including details on the private beta, in the coming months.
“We are extremely excited and proud to be hosting the FirstBlood PUBG Invitational,” said FirstBlood CEO Joe Zhou. “PUBG, a game we at FirstBlood constantly talk about, and one you’ll all too often find being played internally at our Boston HQ, has exploded. We couldn’t wait to extend our previous success in hosting Dota 2 events to PUBG. In BITS America’s, we saw Dota 2 star, BSJ (BananaSlamJamma) formerly of Team Leviathan take home the title against Team Sacred in an epic best of five series. We look forward to seeing exciting plays by the very best while bringing together an ever growing community in PUBG. We also hope to be able to work with Bluehole to offer cash prizes for future events.”
Head over to pubg.firstblood.io to find further details about the competition and of course watch the live stream when the action gets underway on February 17th.
FirstBlood is a thriving, US-based, tech startup focused on bringing innovative technology that will help shape esports competitions and the future generations of competitive gamers. FirstBlood is constantly working towards bridging the gap between amateurs and pros using their automated tournament platform. All while giving players the power to win big while playing the games they love.