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Winner winner, chicken dinner! China esports teams takes out top PUBG prize

30 Jul 2019
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Winner winner, chicken dinner! Chinese esports team TOP ESPORTS took out the top prize of US$180,000 and a limited BAPE x PUBG Mobile Outfit as part of the PUBG MOBILE Club Open Global Finals this week.

The top three teams all hailed from China, beating 11 other teams to the top. X-QUEST came in second place, winning $90,000 and ELITE GAMING earned third place honours with a $45,000 cash prize.

RRQ Athena’s G9 took home the Twitter Fan Favourite Player Award and Mortal from Team SouL earned the Website Fan Favourite Player Award.

“After months of competition leading up to the championship and three intense days here in Berlin, we’re thrilled to crown TOP ESPORTS the champions of the PUBG Mobile Club Open Global Finals,” says Tencent general manager Vincent Wang. 

“We congratulate all the teams that made it to the finals and showed the gaming community the playability, action and fun in our game.”

In addition to the competition, award-winning DJ Alan Walker performed his new collaborative song with PUBG Mobile ‘Live Fast’. NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and eight other international celebrities including Boy Pakorn, Pevita Pearce, Powerbang Gaming also dropped in for a special TEAM UP PUBG Mobile show match.

At the close of the event, James Yang, Director of PUBG Mobile Global Esports at Tencent Games, revealed impressive statistics for 2019 and a look ahead to 2020. 

According to Tencent Games, more than four times as many fans tuned into this year’s PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 Spring Split compared to the 2018 PUBG Mobile Star Challenge Global Finals, excluding the recent Club Open Prelims and Finals.

The PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 is divided into Spring and Fall Split, each with a separate prize pool totalling $2.5 million USD. 

The qualifiers for the PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 began March 2019 when more than 30,000 teams battled to earn a spot at the prestigious event. PMCO 2019 provides a path for aspiring semi-pro clubs to pave their way to become esports professionals.

Registration for the Fall Split tournament begins on Thursday, August 8 and is open to all players. 

Yang also announced the 2020 launch of the PUBG Mobile World League, which will feature the best pro teams in the world. More information about the event will be revealed soon.

PUBG MOBILE is based on the popular 2017 game PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.