Press release


SANTA MONICA, CALIF. -  JANUARY 31, 2023 - With the new PUBG Esports season rapidly approaching, KRAFTON, Inc. has officially selected the eight participating Global Partner Teams (GPT) for the 2023 season. The Global Partner Team (GPT) Program is the first initiative of the 2023 PUBG Esports Roadmap, which was announced by KRAFTON’s CEO, CH Kim, at the end of the 2022 PUBG Global Championship (PGC).

The 2023 PUBG Esports Global Partner Teams
Teams worldwide were invited to apply for a place in the Global Partner Team program, and following a thorough review of all submitted entries, the following teams have been selected by the PUBG Esports Evaluation Committee as GPTs for the 2023 season: 17 Gaming, FaZe Clan, Four Angry Men, Gen.G, Natus Vincere, Petrichor Road, Soniqs and Twisted Minds. An evaluation committee was established to review each application submitted and three major categories were taken into consideration for final approval - governance, fandom and history. These organizations have displayed the willingness and desire to not only participate in PUBG Esports events throughout the years, but to also help develop and grow the PUBG Esports ecosystem.

The GPTs are considered as official partnered teams of PUBG Esports and will have custom team-branded in-game items made. Each GPT will be given a slot in the two PUBG Global Series (PGS) events as well. Furthermore, a share of the profits from the sale of the in-game items will be shared with the partnered teams.

The American Powerhouse
Soniqs has proven to be a dominant force since the inception of PUBG Esports. Soniqs’ roster has taken home five PUBG Continental Series (PCS) Americas championships and remains a powerhouse year-after-year. Now as a GPT, Soniqs’ roster will look to bring home more hardware throughout the 2023 season. For more information about the other selected Global Partner Teams, please visit the announcement on the PUBG Esports website.

Looking Ahead to the 2023 PUBG Esports Season
The 2023 PUBG Esports season is just around the corner! Any squads that were not selected as a 2023 GPT will have the opportunity to participate in regional events to qualify for the two PGS events. The regional events will also be a way for teams to earn PGC points to qualify for the PUBG Global Championship 2023. To get the overview of the upcoming PUBG Esports season check out the PUBG Esports 2023 Roadmap and the message from KRAFTON’s CEO CH Kim, announcing a brand new structure and plans for PUBG Esports in 2023.

Stay tuned for more details about the first regional PUBG Esports event coming up in March!

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About KRAFTON, Inc.

KRAFTON, Inc. is a collective of independent game development studios brought together to create innovative and engaging entertainment experiences for gamers across the world. The company consists of PUBG STUDIOS, Bluehole Studio, Striking Distance Studios, RisingWings, Dreamotion, Unknown Worlds and 5minlab, each with its own unique expertise. 

KRAFTON is responsible for premier entertainment properties including PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, NEW STATE MOBILE, The Callisto Protocol, Moonbreaker, TERA, and ELYON. As a technology-driven company that boasts world-class capabilities, KRAFTON seeks to expand its areas of business beyond games to multimedia entertainment and deep learning. For more information about KRAFTON, please visit