The PUBG Mobile PDP Contest Wants Your Arms Next

That's a joke. It's a weapon design contest.

Fancy yourself a weapon designer? As scared as that makes me of you if you answered: “Yes, the best,” that’s no reason to discourage you from using your skills to get your work in front of millions of players. The PUBG Mobile Ptopia Design Project is back, and it wants the game’s more creative types to design a future set of weapon skins. You won’t be designing a new type of firearm that’s secretly purpose-built to get you that chicken dinner you haven’t had in months, but you will get to design your own favorite skin.

Open for just two months, you’ll want to make a start on drafting your ideas now. Though if you’ve ever been that big into both design and PUBG Mobile, you probably already have stacks of custom skin designs in your sketchbook already. If so, tear them out, scan them in, and get them entered into the latest competition. Yes, I’m analog. You never know: The year 2022 could be the year you get to whale for a skin of your own creation. You’d presumably get it for free as part of the prize, but there’s actually no mention of that little detail.

Before you enter, you need to choose whether you want to design base weapon skin/paint job, or an upgraded weapon skin — the fancy, expensive skins with unique models. Once you make your selection and submit a design, it’s up to the players to decide which skins will make it into the game. It makes sense that they’d have to vote with their wallets.

Entry submissions close on Feb. 5, with the “Judges Review” stage taking place for a few days after that. From Feb. 10-16, 2022, players vote for the skins they’d like to see in the game, with results then being posted a day later and rewards being dished out to the winners.

PUBG Mobile PDP Prizes

  • Global Best – two winners (Upgraded and Base skin)
    • Prize: $2,000, PDP avatar frame, PUBG Mobile creative group membership
  • Popularity Award – two winners (Upgraded and Base skin)
    • Prize: $2,000, PDP avatar frame, PUBG Mobile creative group membership
  • Global Creative Award – six winners (equal split between Upgraded and Base skin)
    • Prize: $1,000, PDP avatar frame, PUBG Mobile creative group membership
  • Top 2-5 Most Popular – eight winners (equal split between Upgraded and Base skin)
    • $500, PDP avatar frame, PUBG Mobile creative group membership
  • Top 6-10 Most Popular – ten winners (equal split between Upgraded and Base skin)
    • $300, PDP avatar frame, PUBG Mobile creative group membership
  • Shortlist Award – all entries shortlisted for the global final
    • PDP avatar frame, PDP Set player skin

On top of the listed prizes, any PUBG Mobile PDP gun design that makes it further than the shortlist will be added to the game as obtainable, useable weapon skins.

This is far from the first time the PUBG Mobile PDP contest has come along. Just late last month, two major new skins added to the game were designed for the previous PDP contest. Some could argue that the in-game goods don’t always turn out quite how they were initially pitched, but if you’re looking for an excuse to get your art out there and in a game you (presumably) love, it might be worth giving it a shot.

It’s one of those “nothing to lose and a lot to gain” moments. Unless you think artists and their works shouldn’t be pitted against each other in a popular vote for a prize that’s staggeringly small for a company the size of the one in charge of the biggest game in the world, anyway. It’s a fair argument.


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