Here’s everything you need to know about the PMWI 2023.
The PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) is returning to Saudi Arabia in 2023. This year’s edition of the tournament will again happen at the Gamers8 Festival in July. The top teams from around the world will be competing for the title of champions and a share of the $3 million prize pool.
PMWI 2023 to feature 24 teams competing for a share of $3 million
The PMWI 2023 will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from July 11 to 16. Tencent hasn’t revealed the exact format yet, however, but has confirmed that 24 teams will be participating in the tournament.
The exact slot distribution list hasn’t been revealed yet. However, just like last year, it will feature teams from regional leagues in North America, South America, China, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, SEA, and East Asia.
“The competitive PUBG Mobile scene has already had a great start this year and we’re so excited to continue this momentum with more exciting news for 2023. The dedication shown by teams and fans around the world so far has been amazing, and we are excited to see new strategies and performances at this year’s event.”
Equal prize pool a disappointment?
The PMWI 2023’s boasts a huge prize pool of $3 million, which is the same as last year's. Many fans expected the prize pool to increase significantly this year with the increase in the Gamers8 prize pool.
The Gamers8 festival in 2023 will feature a total prize pool of $45 million, which is a significant increase since 2022. It will be the biggest prize pool for an esports event in history, eclipsing The International 2021’s $40 million prize pool. However, the Gamers8 prize money will be divided across multiple games.
Despite the increase in prize money for the Gamers8 festival, the prize money for the PMWI 2023 remains the same. Based on the six-day schedule, though, it seems that the format will be changed.
Last year, the PMWI was won by Thailand’s Vampire Esports, who walked away with $525,000. Home-squad Team Falcons put up an underdog performance and came in second place.
The PMWI 2022 also hosted an Afterparty Showdown. This featured just 12 teams and also PUBG Mobile’s smaller maps like Livik and Karakin. This was also won by Vampire Esports.