UPDATE (February 12th 2021): The dates for the 2021 Spring Split PUBG Mobile Club Opens (PMCOs) are:
- Southeast Asia:
- Group Stage: February 12-14
- Finals: February 19-21
- South Asia, Americas, Middle East and Europe:
- Group Stage: February 16-21
- Finals: February 25-28
Over 58,808 teams from 180 countries and regions across the globe have signed up to compete in the PMCOs, a 55% increase in participation from 2020.
The 2020 esport program concluded in January, with the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) Finals, the biggest event in PUBG Mobile Esports history, which attracted over 3.8m peak concurrent viewers, and saw NOVA-XQF crowned the first PMGC Champions.
Original article (December 31st 2020):
The PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) has opened its doors to more new regions for 2021, with the UK now featuring its very own semi-pro tournament.
Other regions added to the open include France, UAE, Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia & Singapore, and HMT.
From January 1st, aspiring mobile esports players from across the globe are invited to sign up and compete in the new 2021 PUBG Mobile Club Open, the biggest ever PUBG Mobile semi-pro esports competition to date.
Overall, the PMCO 2021 will now be available across 27 regions, with registration open until January 24th.
Organisers say 2020 was a standout year for PUBG Mobile esports, with apparently more than 120,000 teams from around the world applying to compete for their chance to move up into the next level competition.
A press release read: “The PMCO’s expansion means more players will be enabled to continue improving their skills, get a feel of competitive play, and pave their path to the highest levels of mobile esports competition, in the year when PUBG Mobile esports announced $14m in prize money.”
This is the first split for PMCO to include Southeast Asia regions (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), where the semi-pro teams were previously registered by participating in the national championships.
PMCOs represent the entry gate to the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC), the mobile game’s most prestigious tournament.
That has a prize pool almost three times as large as it was this year ($5m to $14m) and record-breaking viewership numbers in 2020.
The PUBG Mobile esports ecosystem began in 2018 with grassroots events across the world, and 2020 saw the completion of the amateur to pro circuit with the introduction of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC), PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL), and the major expansion of the Club Open (PMCO).
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.