It’s time to bring gaming for the mobile segment. In fact, this has been happening for a fair while if you believe the marketing intelligence firm. We most certainly do. However, seeing is believing and PUBG Corp have no apparent issue with sharing their eye-watering $600,000 PUBG tournament for the Mobile segment!
PUBG – A Battle Royale Esports
Tencent and PUBG are now working together to bring the world the latest instalment of real esports action. This means a $600,000 PUBG tournament, only this time for the mobile segment rather than anything else.
The mobile competition will also be given its own unique name. Welcome to the PUBG Mobile Star Challenge. An overall of six different regions will make an appearance in the tournament, with Europe, North America, South America, Korea, Japan, Asia and China joining the fray! To break to the event itself, though, teams will all have to overcome local competition and make it through the local qualifying events.
— PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) September 1, 2018
The first event will kick off in Kiev in just a few days, from September 29 to 30. Teams will comprise of both professional streamers, top-tier players and aspiring-pros who want to earn a name for themselves.
Ultimately, the event will lead to a Grand Finale held in Dubai at the end of the year when the $600,000 will be divvied up between competitors. PUBG has been working on a five-year plan in order to popularize its game and market it as a truly competitive title. The competition’s prize money will be allocated as such:
- Global Final Champion: $200,000 USD
- Runner-up: $100,000 USD
- 3rd Place: $50,000 USD
- Regional Final Champion: $20,000 USD
- Regional Runner-up: $15,000 USD
- 3rd Place: $10,000 USD
While some may argue that the Battle Royale genre is not a true competition as it’s slow-paced and just too chaotic for personal skills to matter, PUBG have been driving steady forays to disprove anyone who claim as such.
PUBG – The Next Frontier of Competitive Plays
PUBG has definitely not been as popular as Fortnite. Fortnite’s gamers and streamers have been breaking all records, but unlike PUBG, the game has had a shaky esports model.
— KEEM ? (@KEEMSTAR) March 15, 2018
Fortnite has managed to pull quite a few noteworthy events in its own right and Taylor “Ninja” Blevins, the world’s most famous games streamer and Fortnite professional, managed to break Twitch’s record for the most concurrent visitors at the same time. True, Ninja had help by teaming up with popular rap singer DRAKE and the pair hit it off for a while back there, although DRAKE has since said that he’s too busy recording in the studio and has withdrawn from the Fortnite spotlight.
PUBG – A Definite Esports Yes
PUBG is definitely gong to be an esports title over the next years. Esports competitions have been seeing an increasing interest on the part of endemic and non-endemic brands, making the industry some of the most noteworthy investment opportunities.
While the Battle Royale genre is still relatively new, even established companies, such as Activision, are thinking about copying it into their own games and titles, including the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.