PUBG Corporation and StarLadder unveiled plans to launch the first professional league for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in Europe. The annual combined prize pool for the professional PUBG Europe League (PEL) and Contenders League will top $1.1 million.
Play begins in January 2019, with PUBG Europe League serving as 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.
“PUBG is a great game with millions of loyal followers, even though it’s a young esports title,” said Roman Romantsov, StarLadder, CEO & Founder. “Having extensive experience in running and managing hundreds of tournaments over the years, StarLadder is proud to be an integral part of the PUBG development as a full-fledged sport with a real professional League. Broadcasting PUBG is a challenge, but we are ready for it. We are constantly striving to improve the viewer experience. We promise, you will be awed by our live production yet again.”
Overall, 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.
“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,” said Alex Nam, Head of EMEA Business, VP at PUBG Corp. “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.”