So, which teams have dropped out and why?
FlyQuest was the first organisation to drop out of the game ahead of the leagues, and that was largely due to housing Exko, who was uncovered as a cheater and brought in plenty of controversies and seemingly unwanted attention. If you pair this was the fact that the roster has struggled in the game through several roster iterations then itâ€™s not hard to see that dropping out of PUBG was the easiest move to make. OpTic Gaming had already received a direct invite to compete in the National PUBG League by the time it decided to depart the game, but was this solely down to a lack of faith in PUBG Corp. and OGN to run an entertaining, profitable competition? Multiple sources have informed us that itâ€™s down to an organisational restructuring on OpTic Gamingâ€™s behalf, where internally theyâ€™re revisiting the avenues that are â€“ and arenâ€™t â€“ profitable. Clearly, PUBG just isnâ€™t worth competing in for the North American organisation in its current state. The roster has stuck together and reverted back to its previous guise, Why Tempt Fate (WTF). Evil Geniuses didnâ€™t manage to qualify for the regional league it was eligible for: the National Pro League. Announcing its exit from PUBG on December 23rd, itâ€™s not too hard to imagine that failing to make the most important â€“ and only worthwhile â€“ competition in North America was enough for the organisation to decide to drop out. On January 4, however, former Evil Geniuses player wo1f revealed in a tweet that this fate was destined to happen in the near future, regardless of qualification. It doesnâ€™t seem too hard to assume that organisations that didnâ€™t qualify felt it was a pointless endeavour staying in PUBG, and that accounts for G2 Esports too. Both PENTA Sports and Excellerate managed to qualify for the PUBG Europe League but still later dropped out, and there may be a solid reason for this. [caption id="attachment_107084" align="alignnone" width="600"] Credit: Starladder[/caption] Itâ€™s â€“ and will likely soon be â€“ that the European League will be hosted in Berlin, and housing a team there over the course of a season wonâ€™t be cheap. Factor in that teams can be relegated from the main league and forced to compete in a Contenders league, then thatâ€™s a lot of risk for whatâ€™s already a low-ROI venture. Only the top teams such as FaZe Clan and Team Liquid can almost guarantee that they will place in the money and make it a worthwhile exercise for both organisations. So, when you look at the overall landscape of the organisations that have backed out, itâ€™s more nuanced than â€œthey donâ€™t have faith in PUBGâ€. Each has its own reason, and while there may be a shared thread of ROI worries, thereâ€™s not one single problem with PUBG Corp.â€™s new esports initiative (just yet, at least).