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The tournament boasts of a massive prize-pool of Rs 1 crore, including cash and phones sponsored by OPPO.
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After a successful PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship in October 2018, which saw over 250,000 registrations, Tencent Games and PUBG Corp. are set to host ‘OPPO PUBG MOBILE India Series 2019’, which marks the first official open-to-all PUBG tournament hosted in India.

The mobile game has garnered immense popularity globally since its launch seeing over 200 million downloads in a matter of eight months.

According to a statement from Tencent Games, the tournament will boast of a massive prize-pool of Rs 1 crore, including cash and phones sponsored by OPPO.

The tournament is open to all Indian residents who possess a PUBG MOBILE account above level 20. It would be a squad-only tournament with more diverse battlefields for the players. Squads will engage in intense battles in different maps, with Erangel – the original PUBG MOBILE map, being one of them.

The competition will pan out in First-Person and Third-Person perspective modes to accommodate a comprehensive experience for different gamers. Basis the points accrued by registered squads playing together during the In-Game Qualifier phase, the top 2,000 teams will be selected for the Online Playoffs.

The pool will be further filtered down to the 20 best teams who will fight it out at the Grand Finals. There is no limit to the number of registrations from players. However, these will be filtered down basis the online-cutoff (Pre-determined metrics). The team ranking first will win a cash prize of Rs 30,00,000, Rs 10,00,000 for second and Rs 5,00,000 for third. All first 10 ranks will win cash prizes.

In addition to this, there will also be individual awards such as MVP award given to the player with maximum number of MVP, the Exterminators awarded to the team with maximum kills, the Healers awarded to the team with the highest number of revives and so on. Each of these categories would receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

“The growth of PUBG MOBILE from a loved gaming app to India’s game of choice is immense validation of our efforts to provide quality gaming experience to our users bringing both the competitive and entertainment spirit for gamers. We are committed to building a sustainable Esports ecosystem for gamers in India. The PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship last October was a great start, and with the support of OPPO, we look forward to making the PUBG MOBILE India Series 2019 the next big event for Esports in India,” Aneesh Aravind, General Manager, Tencent Games, India said in a statement.

Registrations for the India series are now open and will close on Jan 23, 2019. Registration is free. The finals are set to take place on March 2 and 3, 2019. The tournament will be streamed via the official channels of PUBG MOBILE on YouTube and Facebook.