KRAFTON, the developer of the battle royale game PUBG: Battlegrounds, has announced new details about the PUBG competitive ecosystem in the EMEA region.
The introduction of the PUBG EMEA Championship (PEC), is part of a number of changes in the PUBG ecosystem. Changes in the tournament format have been announced, along with new regional partner teams that will automatically qualify for the PEC.
The PUBG EMEA Championship will be the new main EMEA tournament in PUBG. The EMEA teams will compete for a share of the event’s $100,000 (£83,200) prize pool.
The competitive season will be divided into two splits, the first of which is the Spring Split which ends in late March 2023. Throughout the season, teams will collect PGC Points, and six of the best EMEA teams will be seeded in the PGC every year.
There will also be third-party ‘wildcard’ tournaments in the year, with the best teams qualifying for some PEC events.
PUBG developers also announced five regional partner teams for this year. These teams will join three of PUBG’s global partner teams — FaZe Clan, NACI and Twisted Minds — bringing the total in the EMEA region to eight. The regional partner teams are ACEND CLUB, BBL Esports, Digital Athletics, Entropiq and FUT Esports.
For this season, the eight partnered teams will be joined by 14 other teams and two wildcard teams, bringing the total number of teams to 24.
According to KRAFTON, all interested players and teams from EMEA can enter the open qualifiers, and the first round is set to start on March 1st and finish on March 5th. The playoffs phase will last until March 12th, and the Grand Finals of the PEC will be played from March 24th to March 26th.