With over 200 million downloads in just eight months, PUBG Mobile has become one of the largest online played games on a smartphone. The Tencent owned PUBG Mobile saw a massive response to their to the inaugural official PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship held in October 2018. The tournament saw over 250,000 registrations over the span of three weeks from more than 1000 colleges spread across 30 cities. Following the massive response, Tencent Games and PUBG Corp brought the Oppo PUBG Mobile India Series 2019, which marked the first official open-to-all tournaments hosted in India.
The move marked a definitive step, in bringing incremental growth towards building a sustainable eSports ecosystem in the country. The PUBG Mobile India Series 2019 tournament boasts of one of the biggest prize-pools for an Indian eSports tournament. A staggering prize-pool of Rs. 1 Crore, including cash and phones sponsored by Oppo, is up for grabs.
The PUBG Mobile India Series registrations began from January 10 and will be getting over January 23, 2019, which is tomorrow. The qualifier will be held from January 21 and get over on January 28, 2019. There will online playoffs for which only 2,000 teams will be playing for and will be held from February 9 and will be live until February 24, 2019. The Grand Finals with the top 20 teams will be held on March 20, 2019.
Post the announcement of the India Series, Aneesh Aravind, General Manager, Tencent Games, India said, “The growth of PUBG Mobile from a loved gaming app to India’s game of choice is immense validation of our efforts to provide quality gaming experience to our users bringing both the competitive and entertainment spirit for gamers. We are committed to building a sustainable Esports ecosystem for gamers in India. The PUBG Mobile Campus Championship last October was a great start, and with the support of OPPO, we look forward to making the PUBG Mobile India Series 2019 the next big event for Esports in India.”
PUBG Mobile India Series 2019: Eligibility criteria, Rules and Regulations
The tournament is open to all Indian residents who possess a PUBG MOBILE account above level 20. It would be a squad-only tournament with more diverse battlefields for the players. Squads will engage in intense battles in different maps, with Erangel – the original PUBG Mobile map, being one of them. The competition will pan out in First-Person and Third-Person perspective modes to accommodate a comprehensive experience for different gamers. Basis the points accrued by registered squads playing together during the In-Game Qualifier phase, the top 2,000 teams will be selected for the Online Playoffs. The pool will be further filtered down to the 20 best teams who will fight it out at the Grand Finals. The tournament is unique as it puts all PUBG Mobile players on a level playing field. There is no limit to the number of registrations from players. However, these will be filtered down basis the online-cutoff (Pre-determined metrics). The prizes promise a chance to walk away with Rs. 30,00,000 for the team ranking first, Rs. 10,00,000 for second and Rs. 5,00,000 for third. Cash prizes are there for the taking, up to rank 10.
There are several individual awards in the grand finals set to be won as well
- MVP Award – Awarded to the player with maximum number of MVP
- The Exterminators – Awarded to the team with maximum kills
- The Healers – Awarded to the team with the highest number of revives
- The Redeemer – Awarded to the player with the highest amount of health restored
- The Lone Ranger – Awarded to the player with the maximum survival time
- The Rampage Freak – Awarded to the player for the maximum number of kills in one game.
Each of these categories would receive a cash prize of INR 50,000.