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Since it launched in Early Access in March, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS has remained one of the top-selling games on Steam. The online Battle Royale survival-shooter has officially crossed the two million mark. To celebrate, Bluehole Inc. will host a competitive livestream to raise money for the Gamers Outreach charity. Bluehole will match donations up to $100,000.
“One of the main reasons we were able to hit this sales milestone is that we have a dedicated community who has helped us refine PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS,” said Gang-Seok Kim, CEO of Bluehole, Inc. “We felt this invitational was a great way to give back and are pleased to make this small contribution to the cause. We are glad to support Gamers Outreach in their mission to provide recreation to hospitalized children and help their families cope with long-term treatment.”
The Charity Invitational 2017 livestream is scheduled for Thursday, May 4 from 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern to 5 pm Pacific/ 8 pm Eastern. The series of competitions will feature 64 European players and 64 North American players.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to work with PLAYERUNKOWN and the entire BATTLEGROUNDS community on this incredible fundraiser,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “On behalf of our whole team, we’d like to extend our thanks to everyone involved with this effort. Whether you’re a streamer, donor, or helping to spread the world – your support is truly appreciated!”
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is described as an open-world strategic PVP shooter. Up to 64 players are dropped onto a large island with no equipment and only one life. From there they must scavenge weapons and kill anyone they come across, until they’re the last person standing. Thus far it’s received frequent updates and patches from the developers, and it’s a particularly popular game for streamers.
The charity livestream runs Thursday, May 4 beginning at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on Twitch.