PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is taking its pro competition to a new level, announcing the launch of two new pro leagues coming to North America and Europe, in the National PUBG League and the PUBG Europe League, respectively. Both leagues will feature 16 teams and run in three phases, with $1 million on the line in the NA league and a million euros in Europe.
As partner for the National PUBG League, esports network and content producer OGN announced plans to launch in the US that will include the opening of a new arena and studio in Manhattan Beach, CA and a plan to produce live events and other esports content, including the new OGN Super League as well as OGN Super Match invitational competitions in addition to the PUBG deal. The Los Angeles metro-area studio will become the largest on the west coast at 35,000 square feet, with a 500-audience seat and 100 player-seat capacity. Overseeing OGN operations in North America will be DJ Lee, the newly appointed CEO of CJ ENM America. The National PUBG League will serve as a live, weekly competition centered around one of the battle royale titles, initially available to be streamed on OGN’s Twitch channel.
PUBG Corporation and StarLadder are partnering for the professional league for the PUBG Europe League. Play begins in January, 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. The best teams from each region will compete against one another to decide the season’s champion. PUBG Corp. will provide housing and travel support to the teams participating and continue supporting the teams with revenue share of the league.