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Full schedule and format for PUBG Europe League – Open qualifiers registration

Published: 23/Oct/2018 12:03 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:22

by Calum Patterson

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The full schedule, format and league structure for the €1,000,000 PUBG Europe League (PEL) has been released, including dates for the upcoming online qualifiers.

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The league proper will begin in January 2019, but online qualifiers will take place in late October to early November 2018, and are open to all within the three regions.

The PUBG Europe League is the top level of five leagues in total for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, followed by the Contenders league and then three ‘open leagues’.

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This allows for a promotion and relegation system, which should result in the top teams reaching the highest level, as opposed to a franchised system where specific teams and organizations are hand picked.

The 2019 competitive PUBG season will take place over three phases. The first is the open qualifiers, starting on October 27, followed by a LAN qualifier that will determine the final teams for the PEL and Contenders league.

The online qualifiers are split into three regions, and registration is now open.

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The winners of these open qualifiers will book a spot at the LAN qualifier in Kiev, joined by 16 directly invited teams, “who have shown decent results on the international and European competitive PUBG-scene.”

15 matches will be played, after which the top eight teams will advance to the finals stage, where the teams advancing to the PEL will be determined.

  • December 10 – 13 – Group stage
  • December 14 – 16 – Final stage

List of regions by countries for PUBG Europe League:

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MEA (Middle East and Africa):

Turkey, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Digibuti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Côte d’Orbo, Côte d’Avoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Côte d’Agro Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moz Ambik, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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Europe: West (Europe+Balkans):

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia, Great Britain, Hungary, Hungary, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Spain, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal , Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland.

Europe East (CIS+others):

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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