Press release


The roster claims the largest share of the prize pool and qualifies for PUBG Global Series 1

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 27, 2023 - KRAFTON, Inc. has announced HOWL are the PUBG EMEA Championship: Spring winners. On Sunday 26 March, the roster - comprised of Yunus Emre ‘TheMad’ Ağaç, Ahmet Salih ‘RuerN’ Demirbaş, Semih Can ‘LAHZA’ Şahin, Berke İdris ‘Scof1eld’ Öztürk - defeated 15 other squads after three days of relentless action to claim the top prize of $25,000 from the $100,000 prize pool, in addition to automatic qualification for the PUBG Global Series 1 (PGS1) and 750 PUBG Global Champion (PGC) Points. Acend Club took a very close second place and also got a direct invite to PGS1.

The Tooth and Nail Grand Finals

PEC: Spring was the first opportunity for the EMEA teams to acquire the much coveted PGC Points needed to qualify for PGC at the end of the year. It was also an opportunity for two non-Global Partner teams to get a chance to play at PGS1. HOWL, who qualified through the lower bracket of the PEC: Spring Playoffs , spent most of the Grand Finals at the top of the leaderboard. However, near the end of the final day, their first-place position had started to slip. They entered the last game in second place, and their fate was decided at the literal last second of the match with RuerN picking up one last kill point and Exalt falling just short of a Chicken Dinner. Acend Club, who shared the final point total with HOWL but had fewer placement points, secured a well deserved second place. Both teams have qualified through to PGS1. Exalt and FUT Esports, putting on a dazzling show and vying for the champion title until the last minutes of the match, took third and fourth places respectively.
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About KRAFTON, Inc.

Based out of South Korea, KRAFTON, Inc. is a collective of independent game development studios bound by a passion for creating innovative and engaging entertainment experiences for gamers worldwide. Founded in 2007, KRAFTON consists of PUBG STUDIOS, Bluehole Studio, RisingWings, Striking Distance Studios, Dreamotion, Unknown Worlds, 5minlab, Neon Giant and KRAFTON Montréal Studio, each with its own unique expertise.
KRAFTON is responsible for premier entertainment properties, including PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDSThe Callisto ProtocolNEW STATE MOBILEMoonbreakerTERA and ELYON. With a team of 3,000 members across nine countries, KRAFTON is a technology-driven company that boasts world-class capabilities as it seeks to expand its areas of business beyond games to multimedia entertainment and deep learning. For more information, visit