PUBG to Have Pro Leagues in Europe, North America, Korea and China in 2019
During a media day at PGI 2018 the publishing company of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds PUBG Corp. announced their plans regarding the future of esports scene. PUBG Corp CEO Changhan Kim announced that next year PUBG will receive professional leagues in four regions – Europe, North America, Korea and China, with a possibility of opening new leagues in other regions in 2020.
PUBG Corp. plan to support these leagues until at least 2022. How exactly the leagues will work we do not know, but what we do know is that they will not be franchised as many other publishers nowadays do, including Blizzard with their Overwatch League and Riot with League of Legends. On the contrary, the leagues will be open and the developers will support events organized by third parties. Each season will conclude with a world championship – in the next season it will be held in November-December. They also mentioned that men and women will play together, while teams will be able to make profit via licensed in-game cosmetics, which is already available for PGI 2018 in form of branded hoodies.
PGI 2018 is currently underway. It is held in Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena. The event is divided into two segments – with third-person perspective and first-person perspective, each of them has its own $1,000,000 prize pool. The first segment has already concluded, with Gen.G Gold placing first and winning $420,000 in prize money.