Pictured: James Yang, Director of PUBG Mobile Esports. Image credit: PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile has announced significant changes to its esports ecosystem for 2023, and unveiled Turkey as a location for its Global Championship.
For the 2023 season PUBG Mobile has expanded its PUBG Mobile Pro League ecosystem, particularly in Southeast Asia.
PMPL MY/SG/PH will be replaced with a dedicated PMPL Malaysia competition, whilst also introducing a separate league called PMPL SEA Wild Card. The Wild Card region will cover teams from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Singapore.
Whilst major details haven’t been revealed, PUBG Mobile has also stated that it will introduce more region vs region tournaments in 2023, similarly to 2022’s PUBG MOBILE Regional Clash.
According to the announcement, all PUBG Mobile official tournaments will transition to a 10-point system in a bid to make the games ‘more exciting and competitive’. Previously teams that finished first in games received 15 points, with the figure scaling down dependent on position.
KRAFTON, the game’s developer, has also added an extra emphasis on semi-pro and amateur teams through the introduction of a dedicated esports ecosystem. The PMPL will host the PMPL Qualifier, which gives a direct route for teams into the leagues. Teams can gain access to the PMPL Qualifier by competing in the PUBG MOBILE Club Open, PUBG MOBILE National Championship and third-party tournaments.
The PUBG Mobile Pro League is the title’s major regional competition and offers a direct route to the game’s biggest events of the season. The league operates across Europe, the Americas, South East Asia, South Asia and MENA, with each region featuring various leagues.
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To conclude, this year will see PUBG Mobile host two international events, the PUBG Mobile World Invitational and Global Championship. The World Invitational was already revealed to be taking place in Riyadh in July, however it has now been announced that the latter will take place in Turkey for the very first time. An exact location for the PUBG Mobile Global Championship, as well as a date, has yet to be confirmed.
Other key events noted in the official announcement included the 32nd Southeast Asian Games taking place in Cambodia and the 19th Asian Games hosted in China. The announcement’s were made ahead of the conclusion of the PUBG Mobile 2022 Global Championships.
Tom has been part of Esports Insider’s team since October 2020 and is currently the platform’s Editor. When not playing Football Manager, he enjoys reporting on the mobile esports scene as well as the betting sector.