PUBG Mobile Outlines Plans for 2021 Season; Announces $14M Prize Pool – The Esports Observer|home of essential esports business news and insights


During the  Global Championship 2020, PUBG Mobile Esports Director James Yang revealed plans for the title’s esport ecosystem for the coming year. The overall structure and format of the competitive circuit will be similar to what it was in 2020, but the prize pool sees a 180% increase to $14M USD in 2021. 

For the 2021 season, the circuit has been structured to fit players across amateur, semi-pro, and professional leagues. The circuit will involve the base level competition – the PUBG Mobile Club Open or PMCO which is country, and in some cases, region-specific. This scales up to the PUBG Mobile Pro League(PMPL) which encompasses bigger regions into a single competition. Finally, the landmark event of the calendar year will be the Global Championship similar to the current season. However, unlike 2020, there will be no World Leagues and teams will go directly from PMPL to the Global Championship. 

Additionally, regions that were earlier put into a single PMPL will now have their own league. CIS, Western Europe, Arabia, and Turkey were all playing in PMPL EMEA in 2020, and will get their own leagues in 2021. Similarly, North America, Latin America, and Brazil will have their own leagues and won’t play in one region called Americas. 

Yang also revealed that in 2020, PUBG Mobile esports competitions had amassed nearly 100M hours of watch time, double of what it had in 2019. The PUBG Mobile World League saw over 1M concurrent viewers, making it the most-watched PUBG Mobile event of all time. Competitions across various regions and stages saw over 120K teams register at different levels. 

The increase in the prize pool and segmentation of regions, particularly in the west is in line with PUBG Mobile’s vision to grow the western market and build the world’s first-tier 1 mobile esport title. Yang also hinted that his team was in the process of building two more studios for PUBG Mobile Esports in 2021. The team has already built one such studio in partnership with ESL in Katowice but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic meant that it could not be used in 2020. 

Shounak Sengupta is a staff writer for AFK Gaming.


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