Due to ongoing lockdowns in place to battle the spread of COVID-19, the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Global Series tournament in Berlin has been cancelled, and PUBG Corp has announced it will be paying each qualifying team $20,000 USD as compensation.
The PSG began with the group stage in March, and would have held the elimination rounds at the beginning of this month had it not been for mandatory lockdowns and cancellations of all public sporting events in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As our sister site The Loadout reports, the PSG will be replaced by an online competition, the PUBG Continental Series. That’s set to be a four-region tournament that runs through August, with a prize pool of $2.4 million. The first event in each region will be a PGC Charity Showdown that will have a $100,000 purse, with another $100,000 donated to each regional winner’s charity of choice.
Through June and August, the prize pools increase to $200,000 per region, with Pick ‘Em Challenges and new revenue sharing options for participating teams.
It’s been a tough year for PUBG esports, and some experts have warned that the current season is a ‘make or break‘ test for the viability of the game’s professional scene. The cancellation of live events is hard news for the game’s pros, but fortunately the PGC will offer another opportunity to keep the game in front of fans.