With the world contending with the ever-evolving coronavirus situation. It has been affecting all aspects of life, and esports events have not been spared from its wrath. The latest among the esports events that are affected is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The developers of this battle royale have, however, made a decision in response to the coronavirus pandemic
1. PUBG Global Series
The PUBG Global Series (PGS), which was supposed to take place in Berlin (Germany) this year, has been canceled. The good news is that it is set to be replaced by a multi-region online competition series. Due to the cancellation, PUBG Corp has promised the teams that had qualified a 20,000 USD compensation.
The initial plan for this year PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds esports was three roadshow tournaments that were designed to replace the multi-regional league model of last year. Before the pandemic, there have being a total of 21 teams that have qualified for the first of the tournaments.
2. Directional Shift
Back in March, The PUBG Global Series started its group stage matches. The elimination rounds were scheduled to take place in April. However, due to the ongoing lockdown and quarantine worldwide, it has become impossible for public sporting events to continue as it is not safe for a congregation of crowds, not to mention an esports event. However, all 21 teams, as well as those in the regional qualifier, will be receiving compensations.
3. COVID-19 Pandemic
The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced PUBG Corp to change its esports plans. They have decided to switch over to an online-only competition, replacing the PGS with PUBG Continental Series.
The PUBG Continental Series is a multi-region online tournament that will begin in May and run through to August. Also, the PUBG Continental Series will have a total prize pool of $2.4 million up for grabs. Players from four different regions have the opportunity and can look forward to a windfall in victory. The regions that are eligible for the PUBG Continental Series are Asia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America.
4. PUBG Prize Pool
The first tournament of the PUBG Continental Series will be PGC Charity Showdown. The PGC Charity Showdown will offer a prize pool of $100,000 for each region. Additionally, there would be a $100,000 donation to the charity of choice of each of the winning teams.
The following PUBG Continental Series events will have a total prize pool of $200,000 for each region. Also, there would be Pick’Em Challenges that will allow new esports cosmetics to be shared with the competitors as well as in-game items for more revenue sharing options for contestants.
5. Adapting to sustainable methods
This year was supposed to be the year where the organizers of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) were supposed to be more ambitious with great new improvements to the tournament.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds definitely needed a great year. Unfortunately, the pandemic didn’t help their case. This is why PUBG Corp is hoping that the change in structure, as well as the compensation given to the teams, will be able to sustain the scene and help it grow.