The schedule for 2018’s South by Southwest Gaming event just got a lot more interesting. SXSW on Tuesday announced that Brendan Greene, the creator of the wildly successful mod-gone-mainstream shooter “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” will speak at the March 15-17 event.
Over the last year, “Battlegrounds,” or “PUBG” as it’s better known, has become a huge success story, selling an astonishing 20 million copies even in its still-unfinished form. It’s also only available as a Windows PC game; it’s not yet available on any of the major game consoles, making the sales figure even more notable. The game is being published by Bluehole Studio Inc.
As a featured speaker, it’s likely Greene will talk about how the game became such an unlikely hit and the relationship between mainstream video game studios and the makers of mods of games those studios make. “PUBG” evolved from work Greene did developing “King of the Hill” modes for games including “Arma 2” and “H1Z1.” In the game, 100 players start the game with one goal: kill each other and be the last player or team standing as the radius of play gets smaller and smaller. (Think “Hunger Games” with heavy weaponry.)
In addition to Greene, SXSW Gaming also announced several featured speakers including two leaders of vowel-deficient esports startups: Sam Mathews, the founder and chairman of Fnatic and Rahul Sood, the CEO of Unikrn.
SXSW Gaming also said its’ working with Next Generation Esports for 2018’s Tournament Stage and that it will partner with Cascade Games for its Tabletop Experience.
Wristbands are already available for SXSW Gaming at $39 for all three days or $20 per day.
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