ESL and PUBG MOBILE, to establish upcoming open competition, as part of the 2020 global esports ecosystem with $5 million USD prize pool
Cologne – 26th, March – ESL, the world’s largest esports company, has joined forces with PUBG MOBILE, the most popular mobile game by Tencent Games and PUBG Corp., to establish a new esports program that will give players all over the world a chance to battle their way to a share of a $5 million USD prize pool. The all-new format will be part of the PUBG MOBILE 2020 esports ecosystem, and ESL will be supporting in the delivery including building a brand new, innovative studio, exclusively dedicated to PUBG MOBILE esports, in Katowice, Poland. This will become the home of offline matches once all parties are advised that it is safe to do so by the relevant global health organizations. The construction of this studio demonstrates the long-term commitment from ESL and PUBG MOBILE to building the future of esports, while in the short-term competitions will be adapted to prioritize the safety of our competitors.
“We are very excited to support PUBG MOBILE in growing as a truly global esports title, sharing our expertise on how to successfully create an open competition on all levels. In the current climate it is important that all involved in the esports community act in a way that protects both our long-term future and our immediate concerns for the safety of our competitors. PUBG MOBILE and ESL together can achieve this, culminating in a high-class esports ecosystem” said Fabian Scheuermann, Vice President Product Operations & Strategy in Publisher Development at ESL.
Having already started the esports action for millions of players in January, ESL and PUBG MOBILE will be hosting numerous competitions leading up to a World Championship held later this year.
“In order to bring more opportunities to compete and great viewership experience to all PUBG MOBILE players, we have further grown our global esports ecosystem as amateur-semipro-pro level and country-regional-world level in 2020” , said James Yang, Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports, Tencent Games. “PUBG MOBILE is always committed to create bigger opportunities for players to enjoy the game and start their esports path to be the #1.”
As part of the agreement ESL becomes a commercial partner for the PUBG MOBILE Esports Program in 2020. ESL will, together with PUBG MOBILE, enhance media rights as well as solidifying brand partnerships to set the foundation for a long and successful competition system for teams and partners.
Players will qualify for regional finals through PUBG MOBILE Club Open competitions across North America, Europe, Turkey, CIS, Germany, Middle East & Africa, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, leading into the PUBG MOBILE Pro League of their respective regions. The PUBG MOBILE Pro League Americas will consist of one month of action with 16 teams battling it in 16 playdays. The leagues will give regional aspiring PUBG MOBILE gamers the chance to make their way to the PUBG MOBILE World League, where they can fight it out for a $1 million USD prize pool for each of the two seasons.
The World League will be the top level of competitive gameplay in PUBG MOBILE and will, if the health climate allows, take place for one month in the newly built studio in Katowice. The competition will consist of five broadcast days per week and 130+ players taking part, split up into the East and West Conferences. Emerging champions of The PUBG MOBILE World League will face off against each other at the World Championship, where the best of the best will compete for the lion’s share of a $1 million USD prize pool.
ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters,
ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. eslfaceitgroup.com
About PUBG MOBILE
PUBG MOBILE is based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their weapons, vehicles, and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.