PUBG Mobile has revealed its esports programme for 2021, which boasts a giant $14,000,000 prize pool – the largest in mobile esports history. The programme was unveiled today during the opening of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship, the final event of the 2020 season.
This year’s PMGC sees 24 of the world’s greatest teams battling it out over four weeks of high-level league play for their slice of a $2,000,000 prize pool. PMGC league play will end on December 20, followed by the finals in early 2021.
Next year’s programme will involve more players from more regions than ever before thanks to the addition of new PUBG Mobile Pro League regions in CIS, Turkey, Western Europe, Arabia, North America, Latin America, and Brazil. Much like this year, the 2021 programme is set to split the PMCOs and PMPLs into two separate seasons, culminating in the PMGC at the tail end of the year.
The 2021 programme will see the introduction of invitationals over the summer months. These will be hosted by some of the leading PUBG Mobile pro teams from around the world. There are also plans to launch more PUBG Mobile studios following the opening of the game’s first dedicated studio in Poland earlier this year.
“We have huge ambitions to become a Tier 1 esport and stand shoulder to shoulder with the biggest games in the world, not just to break boundaries within mobile esports,” shares James Yang, director of PUBG Mobile Global Esports.
The 2021 prize pool is certainly an eye-catching proposition, though it’s representative of the growth that its creators foresee in the coming year, specifically in western regions.
PUBG Mobile is already among the biggest mobile esports, though it has some stiff competition in the likes of Garena Free Fire, which was crowned Esports Mobile Game of the Year over the weekend at the Esports Awards 2020.