PUBG: PUBG Mobile World International 2022 — Schedule, Teams, Format
The PUBG Mobile World Invitational 2022 will start on August 11 and run until August 20. Hosted by Tencent, teams from different regions can enter to compete over a $3 million prize pool.
The event will take place at the Esports and Elite Zone – Boulevard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and is the first offline PUBG Mobile event since the 2019 PMCO Fall Split Global Finals. The tournament will be taking place at the Gamer8 festival, with ESL as the broadcasting partner and Sony Xperia as the smartphone partner. As a result, players will most likely compete using Sony Xperia smartphones.
The official PUBG Mobile channel will stream the event on both Twitch and Youtube though Tencent has not revealed when the broadcast will start.
PMWI 2022 uses a two-week format where the main tournament takes place from August 11 to August 13. Week two will be the Afterparty Showdown from August 18 to August 20. To those who want to attend the event in person, tickets for the Gamer8 festival will be available on their website. Pricing is currently unknown for the in-person tickets.
The first week will have a $2 million prize pool split over 18 teams, while the Afterparty Showdown will have $1 million to be split between 12 teams.
The current format of the main tournament is unknown, but it is confirmed that all 18 teams will play in the same lobby, unlike in previous events where teams played in 16-team lobbies. The maps available are Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok.
The teams competing are as follows:
– Morph GGG (Indonesia)
– Box Gaming (Vietnam)
– Vampire Esports (Thailand)
– 4Rivals (MY/SG/PH)
– DenizBank Wildcats (Türkey)
– VIVO KEYD (Brazil)
– Aton Esports (LATAM)
– 52 Esports (Pakistan)
– Stalwart Esports (South Asia)
– Nigma Galaxy (Arabia)
– Virtual Gaming Squad (Africa)
– TJB Esports EU (Western Europe)
– Back2Back (North America)
– REGAN.S GAMING (China)
– DWG KIA (South Korea)
– DONUTS USG (Japan)
– Team Soul (India)
– Team Falcons (Special Invite)
Tencent has not revealed the format of the Afterparty Showdown except for the number of teams competing. The top six teams from week one of PMWI have free entry into week two. Five of the slots were chosen by fans to represent a specific region during an in-game voting event that lasted from July 8 – July 10. Finally, the last slot is a mystery, a special invite. There is currently no information on who the last invite is for.
The winners of the fan voting event are:
– South Asia: Deadeyes Guys
– Southeast Asia: Bigetron RA
– Africa and the Middle East: Ra’ad
– Americas: Alpha7 Esports
– Europe: S2G Esports
The PMWI is a relatively new event, with the first edition happening in 2021. This year’s edition has quite a few differences compared to last year, where teams were playing remotely. The event was split into an East and West category with 16 teams each to balance ping, and each side had a $1.5 million charity prize pool where teams could donate this money to a charity of their choice. The two winners from last year’s event are Valdus Esports on the Eastern half and Alpha7 Esports on the Western half.