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PUBG Corp. And Tencent are going all-in on their efforts to make PUBG Mobile a legitimate esport, even putting up as much as $2 million as prize money...

AW by Asura World in Mar 07, 2019
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PUBG Corp. And Tencent are going all-in on their efforts to make PUBG Mobile a legitimate esport, even putting up as much as $2 million as prize money for the PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019.

Unlike other tournaments, which will last only for a few days or weeks or a month at most, the PUBG Mobile Clup Open 2019 will be a year-long series of tournaments. It will be split into the Spring Split and the Fall Split portions, with each portion having its own global finals. The first split, the Spring Split, will see its global finds held sometime in July later this year.

A total of 9 regions has been confirmed to be participating for the PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019. These are: Southeast Asia, China, Europe, Japan, Middle East, North and South America, India, as well as Korea.

Only the top teams from each region, plus one wildcard team, will get a chance to play at the global finals for the Spring and Fall splits.

While the PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 is a new series of tournaments, it will utilize a format familiar to fans of other Battle Royale tournaments. Team rankings will be based on kill count, with one kill equal to one point. Teams will also receive points based on their placements, with first place finishes netting teams 30 points.

PUBG Mobile launched in February of 2018 and quickly took over as one of the top mobile games in the world. PUBG Corp took advantage of this by having interested PUBG Mobile players compete in the PUBG Mobile Star Challenge, which is a tournament circuit that saw its event finals put up $600,000 in prize pool, with the Thailand-based RRQ Athene taking home first place and the $200,000 purse that came along with it.

Despite playing second fiddle to Fortnite, PUBG Mobile has managed to carve its own niche, reportedly having as many as 200 million users as of December of 2018. That reported number is likely even higher as it doesn’t count Chinese players.

As early as in January of 2019,PUBG Mobile managed to exceed the player spending numbers of Fortnite Mobile for the iOS. This marked the first time this has happened since Fortnite Mobile released. PUBG Mobile enjoyed its highest-earning month ever during that particular period, making as much as $45.2 million on both Android and iOS versions combined. This marked a 24% growth from PUBG Mobile’s December 2018 numbers.

While the majority of players still prefer Fortnite when it comes to battle royale titles on mobile, PUBG Mobile has proven that there’s enough space in the market for two giants to co-exist and compete.
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