Seoul-based developer KRAFTON has unveiled particulars for the second annual PUBG MOBILE World Invitational (PMWI), which can happen from August eleventh – twentieth in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Groups will compete for the occasion’s $3m (~£2.5m) prize pool in entrance of a dwell crowd for the primary time because the starting of the pandemic. The press launch additionally confirmed the return of the PUBG MOBILE World Championship (PMGC), which includes a complete prize pool of $4m (~£3.3m)
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High groups who will compete in week one of many occasion embody ReganS Gaming, Back2Back, TJB Esports and regional champions Nigma Galaxy.
Week two will function the ‘Afterparty Showdown’ that includes the highest groups from week one, six groups chosen from different areas, and what PUBG Cell has promised shall be a ‘particular visitor’.
The PMWI will happen as a part of the Saudi Esports Federation’s Gamers8 Pageant, an eight week occasion in Riyadh this summer season that options 5 different esports competitions, a two day summit for trade professionals and concert events.
The announcement that the occasion shall be held in Riyadh won’t come with out its critics. Each BLAST and Riot Video games confronted backlash from followers and trade insiders when a partnership with controversial Saudi government-backed improvement NEOM was introduced.
Saudi Arabian government-backed Savvy Gaming Group has additionally bought each ESL Gaming and FACEIT — two of the trade’s largest event organisers — for a mixed $1.5bn (~£1.1bn).
The Saudi authorities has beforehand been accused of ‘esportswashing’, an try to make use of skilled gaming and sporting investments to distract from the corporate’s human rights file, significantly on LGBTQ+ and ladies’s rights. The timing can be unlucky on condition that at present’s announcement falls on the ultimate day of Pleasure month.
“Following the success of the very first PUBG MOBILE World Invitational in 2021, we’re thrilled to carry the occasion again for the second time in 2022” commented James Yang, Director of PUBG MOBILE World Esports.
“This 12 months, the PMWI would be the greatest and finest but, particularly with our new format permitting extra thrilling alternatives for each our gamers and followers.”
The PMWI shall be obtainable to stream on PUBG MOBILE Esports’ YouTube, Fb, and Twitch channels from August eleventh – August twentieth.