Inaugural PUBG Mobile Global Open attracts more than 500,000 viewers

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The inaugural edition of the PUBG Mobile Global Open (PMGO), which took centre stage in Brazil, has attracted more than half a million peak viewers.

The tournament recorded a total of around 513,000 peak viewers and around 154,000 average viewers, making it the 16th most-watched PUBG Mobile event, according to esports viewership platform Esports Charts.

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The tournament, which took place between March 28th and April 7th in the ARCA venue in São Paulo, Brazil, had a total prize pool of $500,000 (£395,000). In the end, Japanese esports organisation REJECT won the tournament, with Brazilian team Alpha7 Esports and Thai organisation Vampire Esports finishing second and third, respectively.

Overall, the event garnered around 5.7m total hours watched and 141m total views across its nearly 37-hour airtime.

The event currently sits as the number one most-viewed PUBG Mobile esports event of 2024, however, this will probably change once other high-profile LAN events start taking place. Still, the event saw impressive viewership for its first-ever edition.

The most popular platform for watching the tournament was YouTube, followed by the social media platform TikTok. Twitch, usually the most popular live-streaming platform for esports, recorded significantly low numbers, only generating a peak viewership of 707 according to Esports Charts. In addition, the most popular broadcast language was Indonesian, followed by English and Nepali

The tournament was announced late last year as a new addition to the PUBG Mobile competitive calendar and a part of the overhaul of the PUBG Mobile global esports. The PUBG Mobile Global Open is one of the three main PUBG Mobile events of the year, with the other two being the PUBG Mobile Global Championship and the PUBG Mobile World Invitational.

Ivan Šimić
Ivan comes from Croatia, loves weird simulator games, and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about tech and esports in Croatia, and is now doing it here.