It was announced this week that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) are launching the world’s biggest mobile Esports event. Kicking off in November, the PUBG Mobile Global Championship will offer a total prize pool of $2 million, with the game also set to release its 1.0 version, which will come with a host of new features and technology.
Teams from around the world, including North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, will take part in the event, in the hope of being crowned as the inaugural PUGB Mobile Global champions. The launch of the tournament and the recent developments are thanks in part to Qualcomm Technologies, who are the leading wireless innovator in the business today.
The PUGB Mobile World League and World Championship will be combined into one event, making it the biggest of its kind. While an onsite audience may not feature due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, organisers are still hopeful that their November start date is realistic. Players of all abilities are catered for when it comes to PUGB, with a host of regional and third party events being the starting point for any budding stars.
There are now some 152 teams competing in the PUGB Pro League in 7 different regions, attracting over 28 million hours of watched gaming. Figures surrounding the PMWL Season Zero were also encouraging, with over 1.1 views having been recorded. In fact, the PUGB Mobile World League 2020 East became the most popular online-only event in Esports history!
What Will Change with PUGB Mobile Version 1.0?
Player characters will receive upgrades, while particles, smoke, air blasts and muzzle flashes have also been made more realistic. Elsewhere, sprinting, throwing and parachuting have also been optimised for a more authentic experience. Meanwhile, the PUBG Mobile interface has received significant changes too, with sound effects, interactions and other visual aspects having been worked on.
On top of this, and in an attempt to make it simpler for users to access what they are looking for, a new multi-screen switching mode has been introduced, with games, community and purchases being separated into different spaces too. Players can also customise their layout, based on their own personal preferences.
The Success of PUBG to Date
Having initially launched in 2018, PUBG Mobile has already had over 600 million downloads, along with attracting some 50 million active players on a daily basis. Such achievements have helped to ensure for continued development, with gameplay having already been improved upon. The launch of the 1.0 version of the game at the beginning of September will see PUBG Mobile overhauled once more.