Over 1,000 players competed in the inaugural Red Bull Fight or Flight PUBG Tournament, powered by HP Omen, across three qualifiers including a live event at PAX Australia, a national online ESL qualifier and a last chance qualifier at Carriageworks, making it the biggest amateur PUBG esports tournament in Australia to date. Culminating in an intense Grand Final held on Saturday night, PUBG squad Team Immunity, with players hailing from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney, took out the Grand Final.
Team Immunity, featuring Vasili ‘vasili’ Varipatis, Nathan ‘Chung1E’ Chung, Nicholas ‘Nick101’ Elliott and Jesse ‘Insight’ Spencer, beat 255 other PUBG teams across the qualifying series and Grand Final for the title. For their efforts, the team scored a prize valued up to $30,000, including an all expenses paid trip to the PUBG Global Championship Grand Finals in California, from 23 – 24 November 2019, as well as four HP Omen 15 gaming laptops and top of the line Omen peripherals.
Vasili ‘vasili’ Varipatis, leader of Team Immunity, shared that the unique Red Bull Fight or Flight PUBG settings, which makes the blue zone shrink faster and deal more damage, made the game more challenging.
“The Fight or Flight settings were really exciting and definitely moved a lot faster than we are used to. After the first game we were a bit worried as Justice had a really big win, so we had to change our game plan and become a lot more aggressive. In the second game we definitely had a bit of luck with the circle shrink, and in the third game we just pushed it over the line,” said Varipatis. “It’s awesome to win. We can’t wait to go to America to cheer on the other guys from Oceania who are competing in the event and watch some of our idols play. Maybe we’ll learn a thing or two as well.”
Joshua Inman, Operations Manager at ESL Australia, representing Red Bull Fight or Flight, said the tournament has been a success.
“Red Bull Fight or Flight has given hundreds of players the opportunity to play like a pro on stage and the high-octane custom in-game settings have definitely challenged amateur and seasoned gamers alike. We’ve had really positive feedback from players and the wider gaming community about the tournament. It’s been great to work with Red Bull and Omen to support amateur esports in Australia,” said Inman.
Amateurs and fans who want to level up their PUBG game, can check out Kritikalmotion’s PUBG Boot Camp series on the Red Bull Gaming YouTube channel. You can also catch up on last weeks Episode 149 of the Game on AUS Podcast where Pete and Dan interviewed Kritikalmotion about the lead up to Red Bull Fight or Flight and his recent qualification to the World Cup.
I watched some of the final games of the qualification round on Saturday and the fast-moving blue zone on Sanhok really upped the intensity of each 15-minute match. It was exciting to watch live, but if you weren’t able to tune in on the day you can watch the Red Bull Fight or Flight Grand Final for a limited time on Red Bull Twitch and click on videos.