It is with a heavy heart that we announce our departure from @PUBGEsports.
We thank #eUPUBG for their dedication to the organization and wish them the best as they move forward. pic.twitter.com/Ez34GJCstr— eUnited (@eUnited) October 24, 2019
While some organisations have simply dropped players with the assurance they will return to the scene, eUnited's Tweet makes it clear that this is a departure from PUBG itself.
Another one I was waiting for.— Adam Fitch (@byadamfitch) October 24, 2019
PUBG Corp. needs to realise how badly it's fucking up its esports scene, though it may already be too late.https://t.co/1hQSx3N6Wp
Controversy involving the promised skins for the PUBG Global Championships being cancelled for each team seems to have been the final straw for many to speak out. Teams were promised individual cosmetic items that would see sales go directly to them for a set percentage, but these were scrapped in favour of generic PGC items with a set percentage share.
If you’re an NA pro PUBG player and you want to stay in esports you need to be looking at other titles and streaming if you can. This breaks my heart.— wtfmoses (@WTFmoses) October 24, 2019
As other battle royales like Fortnite grow and invest millions into tournaments every month, PUBG Corp. has come under fire from the community and its professional players for its treatment of the PC side of PUBG esports. Some have compared the situation to H1Z1 that saw its professional league collapse last year and left many owed money in its wake.
If @PUBGEsports don’t pick it up we are actually gonna become h1z1 league feels bad when devs ruin a game and esport you love.— Ghost Kickstart (@KSnKickstart) October 24, 2019
The mobile scene for PUBG is thriving, with more orgs investing in mobile players and teams predominantly in the Asian market. PUBG Mobile has the advantage of not requiring an expensive gaming PC as an investment to stand a chance at being successful, enabling a steady influx of possible top players to compete.
The PUBG Global Championship will conclude the 2019 Competitive Season from 8th November with group stage and semifinal games at the OGN Super Arena in Los Angeles before the finals at the Oakland Arena on 23-24th November.