PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, introduced and developed by the namesake company, has been doing well on the competitive scene. A lot has changed, including a new major deal with South Korea’s OGN network to popularize esports, and PUBG in at the same time, in North America
South Korean entertainment company and network OGN has tied up a partnership with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) developer PUBG Corp. to launch the first professional league in North America fully committed to the game. This is part of a larger initiative undertaken by OGN, one of the pillars of professional gaming in South Korea, and as the latest developments show – the world.
Introducing the North American and European PUBG Leagues.
Today we're excited to officially announce our pro-level competitions for the 2019 season: the National PUBG League (NPL) in North America and the PUBG Europe League (PEL) in Europe. Learn more: https://t.co/5QHUD9uatl pic.twitter.com/12nLkI1Bj4
— PUBG (@PUBG) October 10, 2018
The expansion effort will cost OGN $100 million, which the company is more than willing to pay, Gambling News has found out. OGN will move into the United States with a new dedicated facility that will open doors in Manhattan Beach, California.
As all good esports investments in real estate in recent months, the new arena will serve multiple purposes allowing PUBG Corp. and OGN to produce documentaries and hold game-related exhibitions, shows, and even allow gamers to visit the venue in off-tournament hours to practice their own gaming.
New Life for PUBG Corp. Around the World
The good news for PUBG Corp. is definitely not ending here. Just a few hours before the announcement of the North American League, PUBG Corp. put forth a press release outlining plans for a merit-based European League. The PUBG European League will feature 16 teams which will be chosen after a gruelling 32-man tournament, concluding with a LAN grand event in December, 2018.
As to the PUBG European League (PEL), the competition will kick off in February, 2019 and it will award winners around $1.3 million, although this prize pool will be divvied up between the qualifying Contenders League and the PEL itself.
The move across the esports board has been quite significant for PUBG Corp. A recently-announced tournament that will culminate in Dubai for the mobile version of the game. And while the prospects look promising for PUBG, there are still problems that need expedient addressing or the consequences may be unpalatable.
A Problem to Fix
While everyone has been happy with the news of more leagues and competitive play (especially those that are based exclusively on how well teams perform and not how much money they have in their war chest), users have been growing impatient over the recently-introduced Update 22, which has upset the balance of the game.
The updates that PUBG has been releasing has affected both its Xbox and PC version with both player bases reporting different issues that are nonetheless game-breaking, as described by them.
PUBG Corp. has promised to provide a timely solution to all of these bugbears, but nothing has been done so far. Naturally, the backlash from community members has been quite pronounced with forum participants and Twitter feeds prodding fun at the “esports-ready” PUBG.
The jibes don’t seem to be upsetting PUBG Corp. though who have managed to come second on NewZoo’s Most Watched Games in September List, and even sign up FACEIT as a partner. Still, Fortnite has the lead.