Last December, we announced our plans to evolve and expand PUBG Esports in 2020 (Esports 2020: PUBG Global Series at a Glance). We learned a lot from 2019 and this year we aim to be ambitious with improvements. This new format is designed to be more accessible, engaging and action packed for our partners, players and viewers.
Today, we would like to provide a detailed look into the PUBG Global Series (PGS) that will help us raise the global status of PUBG esports and bring the strongest teams to the global stage. Are you ready? Let’s drop in!
3 Leaps Towards PGS and PGC
In 2020, PUBG will host a total of 4 global events. After three PGS events, the PUBG Global Championship (PGC) 2020 will mark the final event and determine the best PUBG esports team.
A total of 32 teams will compete at each of the three PGS events. The top four teams from the most recent global competition will automatically qualify for the next event. The remaining 28 slots will be filled by teams who participate in regional qualifiers in one of the six regions, including Korea, China, Japan, Europe, Americas, and Asia Pacific.
Each PGS event will consist of three stages: Group Stage, Elimination Stage, and Grand Finals. The event will run for a total of 9 days. The top 12 teams (6 from each group) out of the 32 teams in Group Stage will advance to Grand Finals. Elimination Stage will be the last opportunity for 4 more teams to catch the train to Grand Finals.
To crown the 2020 PUBG World Champions, 16 teams will battle it out at PGC 2020. The top 4 teams from the 3rd PGS event will automatically qualify for PGC. The remaining 12 spots will be filled by the highest ranked teams based on the sum of points scored in the Grand Finals from all three PGS events.
Better Revenue Sharing
First, building off our ability to distribute more than $6 million USD in prize pool and crowdfunding to teams at the 2019 PGC, we will create a more diversified revenue sharing program for participating teams. Between prize pool and crowdfunding efforts, pro teams can expect a guaranteed minimum of $20,000 for each PGS event. The first three PGS events will feature a prize pool of $500,000 USD each, while PGC 2020 will award $2,000,000 USD.
In addition, Pick’Em Challenge will return stronger and crowdfunding initiatives will continue with high-quality PGS items. For every PGS event, 25% of PGS item sales will be shared with participating teams, where 10% of the sales will be contributed to the event prize pool, another 10% of the sales distributed to participating teams and 5% will count towards the prize pool of PGC 2020.
The First Battleground, PGS: Berlin
The PUBG Global Series kicks off with PGS: Berlin, which takes place for two weeks at Messe Berlin from March 31 to April 12. Group Stage and Elimination Stage will run from March 31 to April 5, followed by three days of Grand Finals beginning on April 10 to determine the winner of the first PGS event.
Regional Online Qualifier to earn slots at the PGS Berlin will be completed in March. Stay tuned for the list of 32 teams that made it to Berlin. Check out regional PUBG esports websites for details about regional qualification.
See you on the Battleground!