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24 Jan 2022
After a successful 2021 which saw a record number of viewers for PUBG MOBILE, the PUBG Corporation is starting 2022 with a set of changes to its top leagues.
The first change is tied to the PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL). The top PUBG Mobile league will take on a new format, changing the existing seasonal relegation format to a one-year cycle.
The PMPL will also see a change in certain regions, notably the EMEA and MENA & SA. These regions will now be classed as Europe, South Asia and Middle East & Africa. Lastly, PUBG Mobile will introduce two new regions to the PMPL: PMPL Africa and PMPL Pakistan.
The PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) will also be restructured. According to a release, the competition will shift to regional amateur and semi-pro levels with new tournaments taking place in South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. The PMCO teams will no longer qualify directly to the Pro League, but will instead compete through the PMNC and the PMNC Regional cups with a chance to reach the Pro League in 2023.
In an interview with Esports Insider last year, James Yang, Director of PUBG Mobile, said that 2022 will be a year of growth with a focus on the regional leagues for the mobile version of PUBG, and those plans saw daylight today.