Tencent and PUBG Mobile closed out its 2019 competitive year over the weekend, but not before announcing plans to double the prize pool next year. Over the course of 2020, PUBG Mobile professionals will be able to battle it out for a share of a cool $5 million dollars — up from $2.5 million across 2019.
The announcement came at the end of the PMCO Fall Split, which saw 16 teams battle over the weekend to claim the final slice of the 2019 pie. Seasonal PMCO competitions have taken place over the course of the year. TOP Esports took the crown during the Spring Split back in July, yet Indonesian team Bigetron Esports, which Liquidpedia notes as “the fastest-growing eSports organization” in the country, sniped the prize in this weekend’s Fall Split final. The team came into the finals through the Southeast Asia leg of the tournament, scooping up around $15,000 in prizes along the way.
The winning team secured a first-place finish in the qualifier stage back in October but saw a set-back in the regional championships when they came in sixth. Still managing to qualify for the PMCO Fall Split Finals, Bigetron welcomed Boyka as their new coach for the final competition; a decision which ultimately allowed them to secure a first-place finish, earning them $205,000 on top of their previous earnings throughout the three-month tournament.
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Director of PUBG Mobile Global Esports James Yang took to the stage of the PMCO Fall Split Finals to make the announcement in a clean and classy Winner Winner Chicken Dinner tee. Before getting to the big news, the Tencent representative shared some slides on the main stage screen behind him, showing other big number statistics. It was like a collective pat on the back for Yang, Tencent, and the PUBG Mobile fans who were just happy to be there.
According to the stats, more than 50 million hours of PUBG Mobile content found its way into the eyes of fans over the last 12 months. No word on how many chickens died for those dinners, but it’s probably best not to think too much about that.
Instead, Yang turned his attention to detailing how the 2020 PUBG Mobile competitive scene will play out. The new World League will consist of five major tournaments split between player skill levels. Amateur-class players can start their journey in the Campus Championship. From there, it’s a matter of climbing up to and through the pro/semi-pro, country, region, and world championships, with the available player slots shrinking as the competition toughens up. Though where and when players will begin competing will depend on their locale.
Despite the doubled prize-pool over the 2019 season, the 2020 PUBG Mobile World League will take a little while to kick off. Tournaments will start in May next year and pick up speed around October. Pro League tournaments start in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, whereas Regional tournaments will cover both the Americas and South Asia.
Registrations for the PUBG Mobile Club Open 2020 Spring Split open in January. So if you’d like a slice of that $5 million dollar pie, you still have a few weeks to polish your game.
If you missed the closing moments of PUBG Mobile‘s 2019 competitive competition, the eight-hour VoD is available here.