PUBG Corporation has revealed its PUBG MOBILE esports programme for 2021, with the developer announcing that a total prize pool of $14m (~£10,502,000) is up for grabs.
PUBG will introduce seven new PUBG MOBILE Pro League (PMPL) regions in CIS, Turkey, Western Europe, Arabia, North America, Latin America, and Brazil. The newly established leagues are expected to be complementary to those that already exist in South and Southeast Asia.
James Yang, Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports, commented on the announcement: “2020 has been an incredibly special year for us as we’ve expanded in all aspects and completed our amateur to pro ecosystem, but this was only the beginning. We have huge ambitions to become a tier 1 esports and stand shoulder to shoulder with the biggest games in the world, not just to break boundaries within mobile esports.”
Similar to 2020, next year’s circuit will be split into two seasons, culminating in PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC) at the end of 2021.
Alongside the new PMPL and PUBG MOBILE Cup Open (PMCO) regions, the developer will also introduce PUBG MOBILE Invitationals, a series of events hosted by world’s top PUBG MOBILE teams, set to take place during next summer.
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In addition, PUBG Corp. plans to build more studios around the world, starting with the one in Katowice that was unveiled earlier this year in partnership with ESL.
The PUBG MOBILE esports ecosystem commenced in 2018 and has since seen huge growth and development. The programme now supports competitors of all levels and across multiple regions with more than 120,000 teams registering to compete. PUBG Corp. has continued to invest into PUBG MOBILE esports, increasing its rewards each season. Compared to this year’s $5m (£3,754,000), 2021’s prize pool has more than doubled.
“The huge increase in the prize pool is representative of the growth we foresee in 2021. In western regions in particular there’s huge room for expansion and I couldn’t be more excited for the future of PUBG MOBILE esports,” added Yang.
Esports Insider says: PUBG MOBILE has seen truly impressive growth in recent years, providing esports opportunities on a global scale and significantly accelerating the rise of mobile esports. The title has the ambition to become ‘the first tier 1 mobile esports’ and considering the amount of money PUBG Corp. is pouring in, it seems to be on the right way.