The popular battle royale game PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) has announced its first official Esports season across different regions commencing in January 2019.
PUBG Corporation who develop the game will be working alongside StarLadder to assist in expanding their foray into the esports season. This league is tailored for the European scene and has two different divisions within it. It will have the professional PUBG Europe League (PEL) and a Contenders League, the prize pool for these two divisions will be €1,000,000.
It has been confirmed that there will be 16 teams involved in the PEL each season all participating in a studio that has been designed explicitly for Battle Royale LAN events. PUBG Corporation has stated that they will provide housing for each team as well as covering travel costs. They are even offering a revenue share of the league to support teams and brands further.
This is part of a global competitive system that is being set up, another major area is the North American league which has been named the National PUBG League (NPL), and it also kicks off with a $1million prize pool. The NPL will be produced in partnership with a significant Korean esports network OGN who have plans to launch a new arena and studio in Manhattan Beach, California. The NPL will follow an identical format to the PEL and each season consists of three phases that eventually end in an international tournament.
Other notable professional tournaments/leagues will be hosted in China, Korea, South East Asia, Latin America, Oceania, Taiwan, and Japan. This is all part of PUBG Corporation’s five-year plan to help create a sustainable global infrastructure for the esports sector of their title.
Alex Nam who is the Head of EMEA Business, VP at PUBG Corporation had this to say following the recent announcement:
“Taking the next step in our five-year plan, the PUBG Europe League brings more consistency with regular matches from professional teams, bringing an increase in competitive matches for the fans and players of PUBG to get excited for and watch. The more matches on offer from the league will ensure teams are enhancing their skills and strategy over the course of the season, to result in matches with even more grandeur.”
This will be a breath of fresh air for competitive PUBG players and viewers, making it heavily anticipated during the run-up to the new year.