PUBG Corp is collaborating with esports company StarLadder to generate the first professional league for PUBG in Europe.
Called the PUBG Europe League (PEL), PUBG Corp says: “The annual combined prize pool for the professional PUBG Europe League (PEL) and Contenders League will be €1,000,000. Starting in January 2019, PUBG Europe League will be part of a global competitive system, in which top-performing teams from PEL will have a chance to qualify for an international event at the end of the season, where the best teams from each region will compete against one another to decide the season’s champion.
“The League will consist of three phases in the 2019 season. Throughout the whole season 16 teams of PUBG Europe League will play in a specially designed Battle Royale LAN-studio in one of the European capitals. PUBG Corp. will provide housing and travel support to the teams participating at the PUBG Europe League, and continue supporting the teams with revenue share of the league. More details about the support will be announced later on. Qualifying tournaments kick-off in October and run until the middle of December culminating in the LAN event with 32 teams.”
PUBG Corp’s Head of EMEA Business, VP, Alex Nam, said: “Taking the next step in our five year plan, the PUBG Europe League brings more consistency with regular matches from professional teams, bringing an increase in competitive matches for the fans and players of PUBG to get excited for and watch. The more matches on offer from the league will ensure teams are enhancing their skills and strategy over the course of the season, to result in matches with even more grandeur.”
PUBG Corp also revealed that the PEL will shun the franchise model in favour of promotion and relegation: “Unlike some other well-known esports outings, the PUBG Europe League will start its journey based on a principle of promotion and relegation. PUBG believes that this system will ensure long-term stability of PUBG Europe League by giving talented teams fair chance to take part at the highest level of stage and organically building competitive dynamics. PUBG Europe League does not plan to follow the franchise model at the moment because PUBG values teams that will enter the League through hard work and dedication.
“Open League, for entry-level teams, will be divided into three regions: Europe West, Europe East, and Middle East and Africa. Contenders League, for teams of a higher skill level, will unite the whole of Europe. Teams will be able to get into the top divisions of the League by winning in special promotion tournaments at the end of each phase.”