PUBG Announces Plans for First Official Esports Season
Could PlayerUnknown Brendan Greene finally be ready to declare his game ready for esports? After 12 months of hesitance, PUBG Corp announced this week that the game is about to get serious with a $2 million prize pool for its first professional season.
Slated to begin in late January, PUBG Esports will operate with a professional league structure throughout six regions, and a pro circuit in three additional regions. The announcement lacked clarity as to how the competitions would be structured but confirmed plans for a final international tournament at the end of the season.
The game will introduce a new set of gameplay rules and settings before the start of the season. All nine regions included in the league will compete on the same timeline. Each will be given an opportunity to send their winning team to the Global PUBG Championship in November 2019.
The regions designated to operate with a professional league structure include North America, China, Europe, South Korea, Japan, and Chinese Taipei/Hong Kong/Macau. The pro circuit regions include Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Oceania.
The competitive season will consist of three phases, the first beginning in January and running through March. The first global event of the season will take place in April, followed by phase two through May and June, then another global event in July.
In August, PUBG will host an All-Star Games series. The final phase of the competitive season will run through September and October before the championship events in November. The format closely follows that of League of Legends' professional season.