The future of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) as an esport is becoming increasingly bleaker as more and more organizations make the decision to cut their rosters.
This time, Seattle-based Excelerate Gaming has come out to announce that it has released its entire PUBG roster, in addition to Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, a highly-regarded Super Smash Bros. Melee pro.
— Excelerate Gaming (@ExcelerateGG) January 3, 2019
While the reasoning for Excelerate’s downsizing is not entirely clear from the announcement, with some suggesting the cuts are actually the result of poor capital management, the move does come just weeks after other major esports organizations made similar decisions.
As we previously reported, esports giant OpTic Gaming has left the competitive PUBG ecosystem, with the organization’s leadership publicly calling into question the viability of the game as an esport altogether.
More recently, Evil Geniuses (EG), one of the most successful North American esports organizations, revealed that it had no plans to renew its contract with its PUBG roster, which expired at the end of 2018.
While both organizations expressed optimism that they could very well return to the game in the future, current trends show that even PUBG’s casual players are beginning to leave. This ultimately means that rival battle royale titles, including Call of Duty, could gain additional market share.