Esports giant OpTic Gaming is planning to leave the competitive tournament series for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an online multiplayer battle royale game, calling into question whether the game should be an esport at all.
According to a recent post on OpTic Gaming’s subreddit, the team is planning to leave the PUBG competitive ecosystem after the GLL Finals that start Thursday.
With the recent news of the National PUBG League (NPL) kicking off in the coming months it has required us to really focus in on the title and where we see it moving in the future, causing us to question our belief not only in the game as a competitive esport but also the formatting and structure of the league itself. Because of these two reasons alone, following the GLL Finals December 6th-8th, we will no longer be fielding a PUBG team.
On the whole, the response from the OpTic Gaming community (“The Green Wall”) has been very positive, with numerous individuals praising the organization’s management team for its transparency.
Commenting further, Infinite Esports & Entertainment VP said, “A lot of people have been holding out for what we hoped and believed to be the potential salvation for PUBG as an esport. The league that was presented to us, and I know that this goes for a lot of teams and players across the globe, was not exactly what we expected, and as such it was a blow to the confidence that we have had for the game.”
It is currently unclear whether OpTic’s exodus will spark other competitive organizations to forego the upcoming PUBG seasons, but with an ever-expanding list of esports games, it’s easy to see how games will die out over time.