In line with this, the developer will also shell out a special "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" crate dubbed the Gamescom Invitational Crate.
While PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds won't be implementing a permanent microtransaction-based loot crate and key system until the game's out of early access, the developers plan to take the system for a test drive starting next week. Next up for the massively popular battle royale shooter: the Gamescom PUBG Invitational Tournament, taking place in Cologne, Germany from August 23rd to the 26th. "But again, they are optional cosmetics that you don't have to buy to play the game".
The first major eSports tournament for the still unfinished "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" will be held next month at Gamescom.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has seen a resounding success in sales, recently surpassing five million copies sold only a few months after its debut on Steam Early Access.
Bluehole Games has been hard at work in releasing updates to the game, and on August 3, the highly requested first-person only mode will arrive for hardcore players looking for a tougher challenge.
The game's first LAN event will host competitions in Solo, Duo, Duo FPP (First Person Perspective), and Squad mode. On August 27, 2017, the Gamescom Invitational Crate will be "retired" and only the free-to-open crates and system will remain. Three new crates will be available, two of them being free to open. The tournament prize pool will have a total value of $350,000 Dollars. The tournament will run from August 23 to August 26, with $350,000 Dollars filling up the prize pool. These will not be free, and instead can only be opened with a key that must be purchased for $2.50.
Since its debut back in March on Early Access, the phenomenon PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has lit up the Steam charts thanks to its addicting survival gameplay experience, with the title to begin introducing paid cosmetic items next month.
Not only will players of different walks of competitive PuBG life get to compete, but those in attendance at Gamescom will be able to purchase exclusive aesthetic or vanity in-game items, with the proceeds benefitting the Invitational and Bluehole's selection of charities.