PUBG halts revenue sharing for the Global Championship
The move comes after internal issues with the distribution were found
Branded in-game skins that were expected to be offered during an upcoming eSports tournament are apparently off the table. PUBG Corp., the company behind Player Unknown Battleground (PUBG), has pulled the skins from the upcoming Global Championship (PGC), bringing disappointment to the teams that had been looking forward to seeing their branded skins in the game. In their place, PUBG will offer only 12 generic PGC skins.
The skins were supposed to be available for pros taking part in the competition and were expected to bring new revenue for the eSports organization. It had previously been stated that, through the sales, the teams would receive 255 of all sales, but the generic skins that are going to be used won’t provide any revenue to the teams. The money will, instead, be used for the PGC prize pool, as well as a “Pick ‘Em” event that is designed to give the teams some compensation and soften the blow of the cancellation.
PUBG Corp. blames the issue on a problem with quality, saying that it can’t ensure the products would be up to par. However, that excuse wasn’t received well by the community and PUBG Corp. will have to clear the air in an official announcement to appease the crowds or it might find itself in a losing battle.
One analyst explained of the decision, “The issue that arises with this is that PUBG is going backwards when all the feedback and suggestions we’ve given them is [sic] supposed to push it forward. It honestly feels like they want the PUBG Esports scene to die out. Everyone in the scene is now worried it’s going to crumble after PGC because major organisations will leave. It’s looking very dire for the whole PUBG esports scene.”