PUBG Esports in 2019
by Jake “The Jaker” Sin – PUBG
PUBG esports is about to get serious. This year, we’re introducing professional competition in nine different regions. We’ll also be hosting numerous global events throughout the year, beginning with our first global event after Phase 1, and wrapping up with the PUBG Global Championship in November. More info below!
- In 2019, there will be nine independent regions, each with its own series of pro competitions – North America (NPL), Europe (PEL), Korea (PKL), China, Japan (PJS), Chinese Taipei/Hong Kong/Macao, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Oceania
- All regional pro competitions will begin and end within the same time frame called a “phase.” There will be three phases in a season.
- Each of the nine pro regions will have an opportunity to send their top-performing teams to the PUBG Global Championship at the end of the season and compete for a piece of the $2 million prize pool.
- Midway through the season, we will host an All-Star event bringing together the most popular players from all over the world for a weekend full of exhibition matches.
- We are working with third-party organizers to create unique global events during breaks between phases, where the best teams from each region can compete with their international rivals.
- All regional and global pro competitions will adopt the Standardized and Universal PUBG Esports Ruleset (SUPER) for 2019 – which includes First-Person Perspective, 16 teams per game, 4-person squads, the Erangel & Miramar maps, a unified points system, and global in-game settings.
Nine Pro Regions
In 2019, PUBG will recognize nine distinct pro regions around the globe. Each region will have its own series of pro competitions focused on bringing the top regional talent together to compete for regional championships.
There will be six regions with a pro league structure: North America (National PUBG League; NPL), Europe (PUBG Europe League; PEL), Korea (PUBG Korea League; PKL), China, Japan (PUBG Japan Series; PJS), and Chinese Taipei/Hong Kong/Macao.
Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Oceania will have a pro circuit structure with a series of tournaments in place of a pro league.
Globally Aligned Calendar
Aligning the competitive calendar across all regions is critical for building a season-long narrative with distinct periods designated for local competition and regular breaks that enable sufficient time for global events featuring the top teams from each region.
The 2019 season will be divided into three phases throughout the year. Phase 1 will begin in late January and last until the end of March. Phase 2 will begin in early May and end in June. Phase 3 will start in mid-August and end in mid-October. All official regional pro competitions will take place during these predetermined phases.
Between Phase 2 and Phase 3, PUBG will host an All-Star event. The most popular pro PUBG players from all over the world will be invited to a series of casual exhibition matches that should be entertaining for fans and pro players alike.
At the end of the 2019 season, we will be hosting the PUBG Global Championship, which will feature the best teams from each region duking it out for the ultimate Chicken Dinner. All nine pro regions will have an opportunity to send their regional representatives to this final showdown. The winner of the PUBG Global Championship will be the undisputed champion of 2019 and take home a million dollars in prize money.
We are working with third-party organizers with the goal to create unique global events during breaks between phases, so the best teams from each phase can compete internationally. More details about these global partner events are still to come.
This year will see all pro competitions adhere to a standardized, universal set of rules, known as the Standardized and Universal PUBG Esports Ruleset, or SUPER. These PUBG Esports rules have been designed to strike the perfect balance between competitive gameplay and an entertaining viewing experience.