PMPL will also see the addition of two new regions in 2022.
After promising more stability and structural changes earlier this year, PUBG Mobile has announced a new format for PUBG Mobile Pro League 2022 which widens the game’s esports ecosystem and gives more opportunities to players across the world. Teams will be competing in various regional and international events for a $5.3 million prize pool.
One of the key changes announced earlier this year was the move to a one-year cycle from relegation. This move ensures stability in the PUBG Mobile esports ecosystem for organizations, which further helps develop the grass-roots of PUBG esports.
The new PMPL system will kickstart with a one-time qualifier event. Teams invited to this one-time qualifier event will include lower-tier PMPL teams, top semi-pro & amateur teams from last year‘s official PUBG MOBILE supported competitions. The higher ranked 2021 PMPL teams will receive a direct invite to the 2022 event.
When do the PMPL events start?
The PMPL covers five Regional Championships including PMPL Southeast Asia Championship, PMPL South Asia Championship, PMPL Americas Championship, PMPL European Championship and PMPL Middle East & Africa Championship. Each PMPL region competes for spots in its PMPL Regional Championship which will take place either in May or June.
The start dates for 2022 PMPL Spring are:
- PMPL Southeast Asia
- PMPL Indonesia Spring: March 23rd
- PMPL Vietnam Spring: March 22nd
- PMPL Thailand Spring: March 23rd
- PMPL MY/SG/PH Spring: March 23rd
- PMPL Southeast Asia Championship Spring: June
- PMPL South Asia
- PMPL South Asia Spring: March 29th
- PMPL Pakistan Spring: March 22nd
- PMPL South Asia Championship Spring: May
- PMPL Americas
- PMPL Brazil Spring: March 4th
- PMPL LATAM Spring: March 4th
- PMPL North America Spring: March 21st
- PMPL Americas Championship Spring: May
- PMPL European
- PMPL Turkey Spring: March 21st
- PMPL Western Europe Spring: March 22nd
- PMPL European Championship Spring: May
- PMPL Middle East & Africa
- PMPL Arabia Spring: February 14th
- PMPL Africa Spring: March 22nd
- PMPL Middle East & Africa Championship Spring: May
The EMEA and MENA regions are now classified as Europe, South Asia, the Middle east and Africa. PMPL Africa and PMPL Pakistan are the two new regions added this year.
Changes in format hope to strengthen grass roots
One of the key reasons for the change in format is to ensure the stability of the esports scene. But PUBG Mobile also aims to bring more people into its esports ecosystem. With the addition of two new regions, players from Africa and Pakistan can now compete in their own PUBG Mobile events.
Players and their teams will earn points throughout the year and the top teams will receive invites to PMNC or regional cups at the end of the year.