Tencent Teases 2020 World League for PUBG Mobile
The PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) have also come to an end at the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin, which saw 26 teams battle it out for supremacy for their share of a $400,000 prize pool.
The competition kicked off with 16 teams from 10 different regions playing against each other, leaving 5 open spots to head into the Grand Finals. Sixteen teams then went head to head in the Spring Global Finals, where the winner was determined, and TOP Esports took the number one spot, taking home $180,000.
The final results were as follows:
- TOP Esports
- X-Quest F
- Elite Esports
- RRQ Athena
TOP Esports taking the win was not the only great thing to come out of the competition though. James Yang, the director of PUBG Mobile global esports at Tencent Games has revealed that there will be a 2020 World League held for PUBG Mobile next year. Not much information has been revealed about the league as of yet, but it should be available soon. One thing we do know is that the tournament will only be for professional teams. What constitutes a professional team in the mobile gaming world, we don’t quite know yet.
PUBG Mobile has a massive following all around the world. Tencent’s mobile battle royale game has 400 million registered players. Not a lot when considering how many phones around the world are owned, but a huge amount when you consider how many people play games. Stats also show that players aren’t just playing the game once off, and it boasts more than 50 million daily active users in the game.
When you compare these numbers to a few months ago, PUBG Mobile is doing nothing but growing. Six months ago, these numbers were half what they are now and to make matters even more interesting, China has pulled the game from sale too. That means that these numbers don’t even include the hometown audience for Tencent.
Tencent has also announced new “African servers” that will be coming soon for PUBG Mobile players. There’s no surprise there considering how well the Middle East servers have been doing. This comes coupled with the news that Erangel 2.0 would be coming to mobile too just a few short months after the PC rollout of the new and adjusted map. This means that players from all over Africa will soon be able to play the game with a ping of under 100 and enjoy some of the brand-new maps and looting that have been brought into the PC game.
Not only does PUBG Mobile hit a target market in certain countries, especially developing ones, but it also seems to fill a need. With the launch of PUBG Mobile Lite on the Google Play Store too, there doesn’t seem to be anything that this game can’t accomplish for Tencent. There is no news yet on whether iOS will receive the PUBG Mobile Lite version of the game yet, but it may be something they announce soon.