2024 STRUCTURE UPDATE!— PUBG MOBILE Esports (@EsportsPUBGM) November 10, 2023
Our tournament structure will undergo important changes, transitioning the online PMPL tournaments to offline PMSL tournaments. We will reveal our plans in more detail during the 2023 PMGC Grand Finals. #PMGC #PMGC2023 #PUBGMOBILE #PUBGMESPORTS #PUBGM pic.twitter.com/oitZ90FWa4
For those seeking clarity on the impact of this change on the game's esports ecosystem, the answer lies in the PMSL's evolution.
Initially launched exclusively for the SEA region earlier this year, the semi-franchised league included 15 slots designated for partnered teams and five slots for teams qualifying through open qualifiers.
Tencent's objective was to test this format, potentially extending it to other regions based on its success.
With the successful trial run, the PMSL is set to be implemented globally, promising fans more offline action throughout the year through LAN events.
While details about the regions hosting the PMSL are yet to be confirmed, it's anticipated that major PMPL Championship regions—MEA, Americas, Europe, and South Asia—could be included.
Tencent, the company behind PUBG Mobile, stated in its release, "This transformation aims to provide more content, enhance competitive integrity, and ensure stability for the teams in our ecosystem." Further details about the transition will be unveiled during the PMGC 2023 Grand Finals scheduled for December 8 to 10 in Istanbul, Turkey.
This isn't the first attempt by Tencent to introduce regional LAN tournaments for PUBG Mobile. In 2020, the company initially expressed its intention to shift PMPLs to an offline format and even constructed an esports studio in Katowice, Poland, to host events like World League (PMWL) 2020 and the PMPL Americas. The plan, however, was thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, fans can anticipate the realization of regional offline tournaments in 2024, providing a long-awaited offline experience for PUBG Mobile enthusiasts.">