5 upcoming PUBG Mobile tournaments to look forward to

Shounak Sengupta
Published On: 07 Sep 2019, 10:46 AM

While PUBG Mobile may be new to the esports scene compared to the likes of Dota 2, CS:GO and League of Legends, the mobile title is certainly picking up pace with massive amounts of prize money and viewership. The rise in popularity of PUBGM, especially in the Asian, South-East Asian and South Asian markets has allowed new audiences and new demographics to enter the esports sphere, which in turn has opened the doors for new tournament organizers and new tournament IPs to flourish. With a rapidly booming PUBG Mobile scene, we take a look at some upcoming PUBG Mobile tournaments that are likely to keep the audience happy. 

PMIT - PUBG Mobile India Tour

Tier: India only

Total prize pool: 150,000 USD

Dates: 15th July - 20th October

Location: India

PMIT is widely expected to be India’s biggest PUBG Mobile tournament ever and with an extended online as well as offline qualifying phase as well as a 150K USD prize pool, the tournament is already shaping up to be a banger. With 50 lakh INR on the line as well as the title of India’s best team, squads will go all out in their quest for glory. The format involves 4 groups, which play out into 4 offline regional qualifiers and 1 final grand finale event. 

Group A Finals - Jaipur - completed on 25th of August

Group B Finals - Guwahati - 8th September

Group C Finals - Pune - 22nd September

Group D Finals - Vizag - 6th October

Grand Finals - Kolkata - 20th October

Vodafone ESL Mobile Open

Tier: International

Total prize pool: 132,000 USD

Dates: 28th-29th September

Location: Milan

The Vodafone ESL Mobile Open will see teams from Europe, the Middle East and India fight for the lion’s share of a 132 K USD bounty. Synergy Gaming, Orange Rock Esports and Entity Gaming will be representing India in the tournament and the qualifiers for the other regions are still ongoing. 

PMCO (PUBG Mobile Club Open) Fall Split

Tier: International

Total prize pool: 25,00,000 USD

Dates: December

Location: TBA

The PMCO is the international gold standard for PUBG Mobile esport and the very best teams from around the world are allowed to showcase their skills in this competition. The Summer Split Finals showed the community the power of Chinese teams and the rest of the regions will be raring to go come December. The exact dates and location are yet to be revealed but it is likely that the event takes place in December.

The PMCO Fall Split also has a tiered structure with Regional Qualifiers taking place across the world to decide which teams will get to represent their region. These Regional Qualifiers are quite a big spectacle in themselves and will take place between 12th October and 3rd November. 

Both the South Asia Qualifiers and the South East Asia Qualifiers are big LANs leading up to the PMCO. The details for the LANs are as follows haven’t been revealed to a great extent, but here’s what we know:  

PMCO Fall - South Asia Qualifiers

Tier: Regional

Total prize pool:TBA

Dates: TBA

Location: TBA

The India Qualifiers have been replaced by the South Asia qualifiers which can only mean one thing - more competition, fiercer rivalries and enticing storylines. 

PMCO Fall - South East Asia Qualifiers

Tier: Regional

Total prize pool: TBA

Dates: TBA

Location: TBA

Since the South East Asian Region comprises of many countries, the structure for this qualifier involves a 24 team League stage which will span for 5 weeks with each team playing 16 maps per week. At the end of 5 weeks, the 16 top teams will move onto the SEA Championship, which will be played out as a LAN. The 24 teams for the League have already been selected via qualifiers and direct invites. The League stage will kick off on the 17th of September and last till 13th October

Dew Arena

Tier: India

Total prize pool: 11,00,000 INR

Dates: October (TBA) 

Location: Delhi

Dew Arena is one of India’s oldest esport IP’s having had successful seasons since 2016. This year they added PUBG Mobile to the mix and included an 11 lakh INR prize pool. Dew Arena’s format involves daily qualifiers which started on the 5th of July and will last till 2nd October. This means a total of 90 teams will make it to the grand finale. The winner of the tournament will take home 2 lakh INR. 

PGAX - Phoenix Gaming and Anime Expo

Tier: India

Total prize pool: 2,00,00 INR

Dates: October September 27th-29th

Location: Chennai

This is the second year for PGAX and the Chennai based tournament organizers will bring back PUBG Mobile to the table which is hardly surprising since it was their most successful title last year. A 2 lakh INR prize pool should attract quite a few teams and the competition is phased into an online group stage which will last from September 6th to September 20th. 

For PUBG Mobile fans, more good news is on the horizon as Tencent has already teased the PUBG Mobile World League which will take place in 2020. While not much is known about the event, it is widely expected to be a premier tier 1 event involving professional teams of the highest tier. 

Shounak has been one of AFK Gaming’s longest-serving esports journalists. From Dota, to Counter Strike and now Mobile Titles, you can rely on him to bring you the latest scoop and news from the world of esports.

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