Details of the competition for the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been announced by Tencent and PUBG Corp. Star Challenge will be a world happening event that will feature the groups of skillful gamers, internet freak people, and celebrities. Teams will compete for a prize of $600,000, and the finals will take place in Dubai at the end of the year.
PUBG helped familiarize the battle royale genre when it became the top hit on PC last year, and the mobile versions on iOS and Android have attracted the game’s audience. PUBG Mobile version has over 100 million downloads. Star Challenge event will help to popularize the game, attract more audience, and sponsors.
Esports is becoming a prime field in gaming. According to market researcher Newzoo, esports could have the worth of $906 million this year. Gaming has become more famous in recent years, with challenges broadcasting on ESPN. Famous Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins will become the fir skillful gamer to poise the cover of ESPN: The Magazine.
Star Challenge Competition will take place in six areas: Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Japan/Korea, and China. The top 20 teams from each area will then fight in the finals.
$200,000 of the $600,000 prize money will go to the winning team.
In the west, most esports events focus on the PC versions of games. There is hardly any competitive gaming focuses on mobile in the U.S., although mobile competition is more famous in Asia. PUBG’s mobile gamers will help the game’s esports scene stand out in the West while tapping into the Asian market’s current love for mobile gaming.