New format brings welcome changes, but more details are needed.
PUBG Corporation has announced its plans for the game's competitive scene in 2020. Under the banner of the PUBG Global Series, its current efforts will be restructured.
The different regional leagues will be transformed into a series of open qualifier tournaments. These will feature both on- and offline elements, and will no longer require competitors to reside in a specific location
The qualifiers will feed teams into a threesome of offline, major events, to be held in April, July and October of next year. The first of these will take place in Berlin, with the other locations still unspecified. The top four teams from 2019’s Global Championship will automatically qualify for the Berlin tournament.
Following the majors, their highest ranking teams will compete at November’s PUBG Global Championship.
A scene under pressure
The company's announcement comes after criticism about a lack of communication regarding its future plans. Despite supposedly having a five-year roadmap in place, communication has been an issue that's plagued PUBG esports since its inception.
And this would not be the only issue its competitors have had to weather. Format and scheduling issues created large disparities between leagues, with some fielding twice as many matches. Viewership also strongly declined throughout the year.
When promised team-branded, in-game skins did not arrive either, several of its remaining big-name organizations left the game.
When at first you don’t succeed...
For the coming year, the company has announced that it will offer event-specific skins instead. The proceeds of these will be used to prop up each tournament’s prize pool. PUBG Corp. also promises more third-party events to develop the scene and offer “fresh viewing experiences”.
Further details and qualifier information are promised at a later time.
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