If you’re reading this early into the week there’s a good chance sign-ups are still open – but you probably don’t have much time to waste. If showing off your chicken dinner acquisition skills to the world in exchange for a hefty cash prize sounds like a good way to spend the remainder of the year, you might want to check it out.
The ESL Mobile Open burst onto our screens earlier this year as a multi-game competition, bringing the best players across not just PUBG Mobile, but Clash of Clans and Asphalt 9 together for their share of a $100,000 prize pot. Designed to give mobile gamers the same kinds of opportunity and recognition afforded by the larger console/PC esports scene, it clearly performed well enough for ESL and its sponsors to bring it back for a second, and now third, time.
ESL Mobile Open Season 3 registration opened on last week on August 20. Open Qualifiers kick off today, August 27, and last all the way through to September 23. During this time, registration should stay open, giving potential players time to find teams to enter the competition. There’s even a handy Discord server for just that.
Closed Qualifiers quickly take over, beginning the same day Open Qualifiers end on September 23 for around two weeks. Qualifying teams are then afforded a little time off to prepare for the Playoffs taking place between October 17-31st. At that point, any teams left standing will have some time off to prepare for the finals at Dreamhack Atlanta on November 17.
Each ESL Open has crowned its victors at a massive LAN event, and the final season of the year is no different. Players won’t only have travel and accommodation provider for them, but that coveted opportunity to grab a serious chunk of change if they see it through to the end.
Assuming Season 3 follows the exact same format as previous seasons of the ESL Mobile Open, Open Qualifiers will find the top 50% of PUBG Mobile teams. From there, things shift into a group stage format until only 40 teams remain. Playoffs will cut this down to the final 10 teams to advance to finals at Dreamhack Atlanta.
It may sound tough to crack for aspiring esports athletes, but the top 80 teams receive a slice of the prize pool for their efforts. That, of course, means a higher slice the longer a team stays in the competition, but it also means that even some of those who don’t make it through to the playoffs can grab a bit of spending money for their efforts.
Broadcasts typically begin during the latter phases of the competition, so if you’re not competing, you’ll get to watch the action unfold once the tournament has found its Top 40 PUBG Mobile teams. If you’re new to the scene and want to check out what the culmination of the ESL Mobile Open looks like, take a look at the Season 1 Final VOD. We covered Season 2 briefly here.
Details and the sign-up sheet are available on the ESL Mobile Open website.