PUBG MOBILE has announced its highly anticipated 1.0 version which is set to come with huge updates. The mobile gaming giant also announced the biggest global mobile esports event, the PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC).
Following nearly three years’ success as one of the most popular mobile games in the world, PUBG MOBILE will launch its 1.0 version on September 8th with new tech, new UX, new gameplay features and more to deliver the most realistic tactical tournament experience on mobile.
Meanwhile, PMGC Season Zero will begin in late November this year. The tournament will see pro-teams from all regions including Americas, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, China compete for the highest prize pool in PUBG MOBILE esports history – USD 2 million – with the winners crowned the inaugural PUBG MOBILE Global Champions.
Qualcomm Technologies, the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and a driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G and mobile gaming innovation is the official title sponsor of PMGC.
PUBG MOBILE first launched in 2018 and has since achieved over 600 million downloads and 50 million active daily players worldwide (excluding Chinese mainland). Following the incredible success of the game and consistent player base growth, PUBG MOBILE is continuing to bring innovations and improved gameplay experiences to players.
PUBG MOBILE will see a complete overhaul with the 8 September launch of version 1.0. The launch will also come with surprises which are set to offer players an even more authentic and immersive mobile gaming experience.
New technologies have been adopted for version 1.0 for unprecedented graphic improvements to players’ characters. Upgrades have also been made on to the main lobby, lighting, texture quality and environments, which makes each scenario more lifelike. Details such as smoke particles, air blasts, muzzle flashes and additional scope interaction make every shot even more realistic.
Improvements have also been made to motions, visuals and sound quality to provide players with a better game interface that is easier on the eyes and a much more intuitive control experience. Colour tones such as Dawn Cyan, Smoke Grey, Hope White, and Victory Yellow were chosen to bring scenarios such as a morning, rebirth, and breakthrough moments, to life.
Additionally, an innovative multi-screen switching mode has been added exclusively to PUBG MOBILE to make it easier for players to find what they want, and give them more refined, organised and upgraded controls. Games, community and purchases have been separated into three different space, giving players quicker and easier access. The simpler and cleaner interface also helps players locate their desired functions faster. In addition to this, players can now customise their own layout, allowing them a more comfortable gameplay.
“We want to thank every single one of our players for joining us on our journey to the version 1.0 launch.Throughout the design and development process we’ve been adamant on keeping the iconic PUBG MOBILE IP and style, while we’ve continued to innovate to deliver the ultimate experience for mobile devices,” said spokesperson from PUBG MOBILE. “Whilst this is the 1.0 launch, this is by no means the end of development. The new era of PUBG MOBILE is a new beginning, and we have so many more exciting updates for fans which we will share soon.” said Gaga Li, Esports head of PUBG MOBILE Southeast Asia.
Alongside the groundbreaking 1.0 version reveal, PUBG MOBILE is also announcing the PUBG MOBILE World League (PMWL) and World Championship combined into one epic event: the biggest global mobile esports tournament, PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC).
Due to the global pandemic, an onsite audience may not be possible for PMGC Season Zero, but if it is safe to do so, the PMGC will begin in late November, taking place across multiple studios.
PUBG MOBILE has completed the structure for its global year-long esports program this year, and we can expect more in the coming year. The program now supports players of all levels from amateur, to semi-pro, and pro across multiple countries and regions to realise their dreams of esports stardom.
For semi-pro players, the PUBG MOBILE Club Open (PMCO) this year featured over 150 countries in 16 regions. The tournament saw more than 150,000 combined registrations for its Spring and Fall games.
The robust esports ecosystem also saw the PUBG MOBILE Pro League (PMPL) introduced to add an additional layer of pro-competition. PMPLs were hosted in seven different regions, with participation of 152 teams and a online views of over 28 million hours.
July and August saw the debut of the PUBG MOBILE World League (PMWL) Season Zero, with 40 teams from the East and West leagues showing off their gaming skills. The PMWL saw a peak viewership of over 1.1 million, with a total viewing time of over 40 million hours – breaking the record for the largest number of views in the history of PUBG MOBILE esports. According to Esports Charts, a unique analytical service that investigates trends of esports development and streaming, the PUBG MOBILE World League 2020 East was the most popular online-only event.
“Following the success of PUBG MOBILE World League Season Zero, we knew we had to come up with an idea that would raise the bar even higher and create something truly extraordinary to close out the first year of our new esports program,” said James Yang, Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports.
“2020 has been a huge challenge for everyone, and we hope to bring positivity and encouragement to the world through gaming and esports. We wanted to invite more regions that ever before to create a spectacular, highly competitive event for players and the community to enjoy around the globe,” he said.