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PUBG: Professional Leagues announced for 2019

New esports initiative will feature competitive teams from around the world.

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The PUBG Global Invitational is all set to get under way, but ahead of the competition itself we've learned some important news about the future of PUBG esports in the years to come.

At a media briefing session held just before the starting matches, PUBG Corp has outlined a five year esports plan for the game.

PUBG Pro Leagues will be active in North America, China, Europe and Korea starting in 2019, with regional partners overseeing the organisation of competitive play. The best teams from each Pro League will also be able to compete in a cross-region World Championship, bringing competitive teams from around the world together for a final showdown.

In order to fund the new league system, teams will receive a share of the revenue generated through the sales of in-game cosmetic items that are themed around the players involved. There'll also be direct funding in the form of publisher prize pools.

Although the precise structuring of the PUBG Pro League has yet to be determined, don't expect PUBG Corp to follow in the footsteps of Blizzard's strict franchising of Overwatch.

Instead there'll be plenty of opportunities for third-party events to run alongside the official events, and for grassroots talent to be developed. If you think you're up for the challenge yourself, our PUBG Guide contains a lot of information about how to raise your competitive chops in the game.

As soon as we learn more details about the precise details of PUBG Corp's approach to Pro League, we'll have more coverage for you on the homepage. In the mean time, take a look at our PUBG Global Invitational 2018 guide for details of who's competing and when, and how you can follow the action live.

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