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PUBG and StarLadder announce €1,000,000 European Pro League

Published: 10/Oct/2018 14:12 Updated: 30/Oct/2018 11:33

by Calum Patterson

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The first European professional league for PUBG will be launching in January 2019, announced by PUBG Corp. and StarLadder, and will feature a €1,000,000 prize pool.

Simply named the PUBG Europe League (PEL), the top teams will compete for a qualification spot at an international event at the end of the season.

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This final international event will pit the best teams from around the world against each other for a share of the prize pool and to decide the overall champion.

There will be three ‘phases’ over the course of the 2019 inaugural season. 16 teams will compete in a “specifically-designed” LAN studio, tailored for the battle royale experience. Its exact location is not announced, but will be in one of Europe’s capital cities.

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Accommodation and travel support will be provided for by league organizers for the participating teams, as well as a revenue share program being introduced to further support players and organizations.

Qualifying tournaments for the PEL will begin in October 2018 and conclude in mid December, culminating in a 32 team LAN event.

PUBG Corp. Vice President, Alex Nam, explained that the PEL is part of their five year plan for PUBG esports, bringing more stability and consistency for players and fans.

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“The PUBG Europe League brings more consistency with regular matches from professional teams, bringing an increase in competitive matches for the fans and players of PUBG to get excited for and watch.”

StarLadder will be working with PUBG Corp., hoping to take an esport title in its relative infancy and turn it into “a full-fledged sport with a real professional League. Broadcasting PUBG is a challenge, but we are ready for it,” says CEO & Founder Roman Romantsov.

The league will feature a promotion and relgation system, to promote “organically building competitive dynamics”, rather than following in the footsteps of franchised leagues like the LCS and Overwatch League.

With incentives like revenue sharing, avoiding relegation will be massive for teams and not just in terms of prize money.

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“Open League, for entry-level teams, will be divided into three regions: Europe West, Europe East, and Middle East and Africa. Contenders League, for teams of a higher skill level, will unite the whole of Europe. Teams will be able to get into the top divisions of the League by winning in special promotion tournaments at the end of each phase.”

Teams can register to participate in qualifying tournaments now:

Source: PUBG / StarLadder

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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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