KRAFTON Inc., the holding company for PUBG Studios, has announced details for the PUBG Global Championship 2021.
The global tournament, set to run from November 19th to December 19th will feature 32 of the world’s best PUBG esports teams and a prize pool of $2m (~£1.48m). The event will operate a LAN/online hybrid system hosted in Incheon, South Korea.
The PGC is the largest and final event in PUBG Esports’ calendar year. This year’s edition marks a return to form for PUBG Esports since the 2020 finals did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The largest changes to the tournament are tied to the format. Teams from China will not be able to participate at the LAN event, so five teams from China will be joining online. The participating teams will also be able to enlist additional reserve players for emergencies.
KRAFTON also announced the return of the Pick’em Challenge, an event where fans can predict the winner of the tournament. According to the release, fans can earn free voting coupons and purchase PGC 2021 items by visiting the in-game esports tab.
A KRAFTON spokesperson added: “Reflecting KRAFTON’s commitment to rewarding PUBG Esports players, the $2 million USD prize pot will be supplemented by 30 percent of revenue made from the Pick’em Challenge.”
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It’s interesting to note that the event’s $2m prize pool is smaller than that of PUBG Mobile’s major tournament, where teams compete for a share of its $6m (~£4.44m) prize fund.
Esports Insider says: The return of the PGC, and the Pick’em Challenge, is great to see. Given that the pandemic is still a major factor, it’s smart that the tournament is operating an online/ LAN event, particularly given that the tournament features five teams from China.