AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 5, 2021 - KRAFTON, Inc. today revealed the full details for the 2021 PUBG Global Championship (PGC), the premier esports event that will crown the overall champion of PUBG Esports’ 2021 season. PGC 2021 will be a global LAN/online hybrid tournament where 32 of the world’s top professional PUBG Esports teams will compete for a share of the $2 million USD prize pool.
PGC 2021 will run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 19 as teams from the Americas, Europe, Asia and APAC compete in weekly showdowns to earn prize money. While the tournament will be primarily held offline at the Paradise City Plaza in Incheon, South Korea, teams from China will remain in their home region and will compete online. The full schedule is as follows:
- Rank Decision Matches: Nov. 19-21
- Weekly Survival/Final Matches: Nov. 23-28
- Weekly Survival/Final Matches: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
- Weekly Survival/Final Matches: Dec. 6-12
- Grand Finals Matches: Dec. 16-19
Based on Rank Decision matches that will take place from Nov. 19-21, the 16 highest-ranked teams will kick off the first week of Weekly Survival matches on Nov. 23 to battle it out for a place in the Weekly Grand Finals.
- Once a team wins a Weekly Survival match, they will progress to the Weekly Finals immediately - with their place in the Weekly Survival taken by the next highest-ranked team from Rank Decision matches.
- This process continues over two additional weeks to determine the final group of teams that will compete in the PGC 2021 Grand Finals on Dec.16-19.
Points System & Ruleset
For PGC 2021, KRAFTON will re-introduce its SUPER (Standard and Universal PUBG Esports Ruleset) point ranking system. Accordingly, teams will earn ranking points (based on final match outcomes) and kill points (based on the number of kills a team earns) during all Weekly Finals and Grand Finals matches. Weekly Survival Matches will use the existing WWCD ruleset that was introduced earlier in 2021.
Prize Pool Breakdown
In addition to team payouts that will be determined by final tournament rank, the $2 million total prize pool for PGC 2021 includes the following:
- Weekly Series Winner: $30,000
- Kill Leader: $10,000
- All-PGC Team: $20,000 ($5,000 per player x 4 players)
- Insane Squad: $20,000
KRAFTON will once again be holding the Pick’em Challenge - an event where fans predict the winner of PGC 2021 in order to win prizes. Fans can earn free voting coupons and purchase PGC 2021 items by visiting the in-game esports tab. Reflecting KRAFTON’s commitment to rewarding PUBG Esports players, the $2 million USD prize pot will be supplemented by 30% of revenue made from the Pick’em Challenge.
KRAFTON, Inc. is a collective of independent game development studios brought together to create innovative and engaging entertainment experiences for gamers across the world. The company consists of PUBG Studios, Bluehole Studio, Striking Distance Studios, RisingWings, Dreamotion, and Unknown Worlds, each with its own unique expertise.
KRAFTON is responsible for premier entertainment properties including PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, PUBG: NEW STATE, The Callisto Protocol, TERA, and ELYON. As a technology-driven company that boasts world-class capabilities, KRAFTON seeks to expand its areas of business beyond games to multimedia entertainment and deep learning. For more information about KRAFTON, please visit www.krafton.com.