With the highly-anticipated 2023 PUBG Mobile Global Championship Grand Finals just on the horizon, Tencent, the game publisher, has unveiled significant changes for its 2024 esports season. Among the exciting updates is the introduction of a brand-new global event called the PUBG Mobile Global Open (PMGO). Set to take place in Brazil in March 2024, PMGO will feature a substantial prize pool of $500,000 (~£397,495), adding to the thrill and competitiveness of the tournament.
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Regional League – Invitations
The inaugural PMGO in 2024 will extend invitations to the host region’s qualifier, PMSL partnership teams, and regional PMSL qualifiers.
Exciting changes are in store for the regional leagues in the esports scene. The PUBG MOBILE Super League (PMSL) will undergo significant transformations, encompassing four regions: Southeast Asia, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East & Africa), Americas, and Central & South Asia. Each region will host multiple seasons, fostering a vibrant and competitive environment.
During a press conference, James Yang, Senior Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports, unveiled the 2024 esports roadmap, featuring three global events. These include the prestigious PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC), an enhanced midseason tournament called PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI), and the introduction of the thrilling PUBG Mobile Global Open.
These additions aim to provide new partnership teams with more opportunities to showcase their players, while also offering community teams an additional avenue to compete against the game’s elite squads.
PUBG MOBILE Super League (PMSL)
Furthermore, the regional esports landscape will witness a significant change as the PUBG MOBILE Super League (PMSL) takes over the PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) in all regions, assuming the position of the premier competition. Offline events are planned for each league, adding an exciting element to the proceedings. Southeast Asia (SEA) is set to host three seasons of PMSL in the upcoming year, while EMEA, the Americas, and Central & South Asia (now united) will each have two seasons.
When asked about the additional region in SEA, Yang explained that it stemmed from their prior experience and the well-established esports ecosystem in that region. “We observed that three seasons could be more successful as the audience craves for more competitive events,” he further elaborated. Yang also hinted at the possibility of implementing three seasons in other regions, although no official confirmation has been made at this time.
Alongside the top tier, PMSL regional qualifiers will offer amateur teams an opportunity to showcase their talents and compete against professional players. Additionally, the fourth tier will feature smaller regional leagues and tournaments, including the renowned PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO).
In other news, PUBG Battlegrounds, the PC version of PUBG, revealed plans in December to expand its esports partner program for 2024 by including 10 teams. As of now, interested teams are undergoing the evaluation process, with the selection period open until December 15th, 2023. The announcement of the new lineup of partner teams is scheduled for January 2024.