Because of the COVID-19 situation, all esports events are shifting from live to online formats. The Fortnite World Cup and Dota 2’s The International 10 already announced their decisions to postpone for next year. As for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile, PUBG Corporation announced the shift of PUBG Mobile Pro League Season 1 online. As a result, the South and North American PMPL will now run from June 6 to June 28. In order to showcase more matches, scrimmages make an appearance across the four regions as a new format, Scrims.
PUBG Mobile Director’s Statement
“In order to ensure the safety of everyone, which is of paramount importance to us, we have decided to completely reimagine the first season of the PMPL Americas as an online competition,” said James Yang, director of PUBG Mobile global esports. “While this has not been a decision we’ve taken lightly, we do think it also generates new opportunities and exciting avenues for teams to gain even more exposure, while enjoying an improved format and quality, with a new exciting twist to it!”
James acknowledges the uniqueness of the situation and expressed the main reason for this change, safety. However, he also said that this new challenge can come up with advantages in the end. Shifting resources invested in renting a stadium to improve broadcast quality and consumer experience will bring new fans to esports. Since mobile esports is a huge and fast-growing industry, making the consumer the main focus is a wise decision.
PUBG Mobile Pro League Online
Starting May 7, PMPL Americas Scrims will take place and broadcast matches four days per week. A daily prize pool is already planned for viewers to win. A new feature called “On Fire Card” will be introduced as a way for teams to double their kill points or 50 percent more placement points. It can only be used once per day and available only on weekend competitions. The top teams of the online PUBG Mobile World League will secure their participation in the PUBG Mobile World League. Despite its cancelation, the World League is still the next step to take to reach the World Championship. With a prize pool of $5 million, PUBG World Championship is the ultimate tournament for teams to participate in.
PUBG corporation continues to offer updates for PUBG Mobile mainstream players, strengthening its esports scene with these big changes. By having online assets like a Youtube channel, PUBG Corporation will be able to secure success for future online tournaments.
Written by Charles FUSTER