FutureStation, one of the formerly leading teams in the Indian PUBG Mobile pro circuit, has chosen to not give up their spot in PUBG Mobile Pro League South Asia and has looked beyond borders and picked a Bangladeshi squad for the event. This isn’t the first organisation to consider this approach. Stalwart Esports made a similar decision by signing Pakistan’s top team, FreeStyle, for the PMPL South Asia tournament.
In a post on Facebook, FutureStation announced their move:
AFK Gaming had confirmed on 25th September via multiple reliable sources that all Indian teams have been disallowed from participating in the PUBG Mobile Pro League Fall Split 2020 South Asia. This had also implied that even if teams would want to fly their players outside the country for them to participate through Nepal or Bangladesh or any country, they were simply disallowed. Our sources informed us that Tencent’s Director, James Yang, via a conference call with all Indians teams, had broken this news to them.
Following this information, it remained to be seen what organisations with a PMPL South Asia slot would do. The silence was broken by Stalwart Esports who became the first team to sign a team not from India but from a neighbouring country to participate in their stead. They signed FreeStyle, one of Pakistan’s favourite teams and are now set to have a representative of their organisation in the tournament. Now, we have FutureStation following in the footsteps of Stalwart Esports. What the future holds for Indian PUBG Mobile organisations that don’t risk either Tencent’s or the government’s wrath, remains to be seen.
About FutureStation Esports
FutureStation Esports is an Indian esports organisation founded on March 28th, 2020. They are based in Kolkata. The team shattered quite a few expectations when they stood strong at PUBG Mobile India Series and PUBG Mobile Club Open - Fall Split 2020. They came 5th and 2nd there respectively. The team has seen numerous changes since inception in their roster. The team has been a mainstay in quite a few tournaments.