One of the world’s biggest mobile games, PUBG Mobile, looks like it’s going to keep growing in 2021. The game has made great investments in the esports scene, and is looking forward to expanding its environment and reach, specially in the West, for the upcoming year.
James Yank, director of PUBG Mobile global esports at Tencent Games, revealed their plan for 2021 during the Esports Awards Expo.
A notable change of is the removal of the Worlds League. According to Yang, there will be an invitational super event in the summer of the next year instead of the usual PUBG Mobile Worlds League (PMWL). The rest of the competitive league will seemingly remain the same. PUBG Mobile Club Opens(PMCO), PUBG Mobile Pro Leagues(PMPL) and PUBG Mobile Global Championship(PMGC) will still be held in 2021.
For amateur and semi-pro teams, there will be two seasons of PUBG Mobile Club Opens (PMCO) throughout the year, alongside two seasons of PUBG Mobile Pro Leagues (PMPL), where the professional teams compete. PMCOs are a huge chance for the amateur teams to compete on a bigger stage, as the top teams of PMCOs will qualify for PMPLs.
In the next year, there will be seven more PUBG Mobile Club Opens in addition to the tournaments already being held. The new PMCOs are:
- PMCO France
- PMCO Nepal
- PMCO United Kingdom
- PMCO United Arab Emirates
- PMCO Bangladesh
- PMCO Mexico
- PMCO Africa
There will also be seven new PUBG Mobile Pro Leagues in 2021.
- PMPL North America
- PMPL Turkey
- PMPL Western Europe
- PMPL CIS
- PMPL Arabia
- PMPL Latin America
- PMPL Brazil
PUBG Mobile is more popular in Asia than the West. However, with these adjustments, Tencent aims to carry over the game’s popularity to Western countries. With this in mind, the company is also building two new studios and doubling its total prize pool to more than $10 million in 2021.
Registration for the PMCO Spring Split will open on January 1, 2021 and close on January 24.