As the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2019 Fall Split Global Finals come to a close today, Tencent left fans looking forward to the future as the company announced their esports plans for 2020.
After closing out the PMCO Global Finals in Malaysia this afternoon, Director of PUBG Mobile Esports at Tencent James Yang revealed the company's plans for the esports landscape in 2020, which include an overall prize pool of over $5M.
Day 3 of the #PMCO2019 Global Finals sponsored by Vivo was amazing; a fabulous musical performance, announcements about the future of PUBG MOBILE esports, and unparalled action leading to Bigetron RA becoming world champions! Watch the whole thing at https://t.co/LVGioHLQeJpic.twitter.com/BTQPEyFZhE— PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) December 1, 2019
Although the format will be slightly different next year, allowing it so that amateur, semi-pro, and professional players can compete at the highest levels of competition, Yang said that the pyramid structure will continue to be followed in 2020 and the PUBG Mobile World League will run alongside the PUBG Mobile Club Open, but will introduce a new league system for the calendar year. The bottom portion of the pyramid will consist of the Campus Championship for amateur players, followed by the PUBG Mobile Club Open and Pro League, which will be held at the country-level. Pro Leagues have been announced for Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The winners of each will qualify for the World League, with the Americas and South Asia also holding their respective Regional Pro Leagues. Similar to the PMCO, the World League will consist of two splits during 2020 and will begin in May and October. Campus Championships will also hold country-specific events.
Top teams in the Club Open and Pro League will advance to the Regional Pro League, which is to then be followed by the World League with everything ultimately leading up to teams fighting it out for the grand prize during the PUBG Mobile World Championship 2020.
Registration for PUBG Mobile Club Open and future events will start in January, as opposed to the March date that was upheld in 2019.