In the wake of PUBG Ban in India, Tencent has retaliated.
In the most recent development, multiple sources have revealed to AFK Gaming that Indian teams will not be a part of PUBG MOBILE’s global esports circuit for the current season.
The report says Tencent’s Director of PUBG Mobile global esports, James Yang, addressed the owners of the Indian teams via a conference call and broke the news that prohibited all Indian teams from participating in the PUBG Mobile Pro League Fall Split 2020 South Asia. This also means that Indian teams cannot play PMPL SA regardless of which country they may be physically present in.
The top 12 teams from the region including Orange Rock, TSM Entity, Nova GodLike, Galaxy Racer, Fnatic, Team SouL, UMumba eSports and TeamIND all directly qualified from the PMPL-SA Spring Regular Season. The top 5 teams from the PMCO 2020 Fall: India were also invited. These include TeamXSpark, FutureStation Esports, Stalwart Esports, Fintox Esports and TEAM iNSANE. All of these Indian teams have dropped out of PMPL SA Fall Split 2020.
The PMPL South Asia has been dominated by Indian teams and all 24 squads in the ensuing season were already confirmed before the ban. As many as 17 of the 24 total teams were based in India. Twelve of these squads were directly invited from the previous season, while five made it through the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) India.
Nodwin Gaming, former organisers of PMCO (PUBG Mobile Club Open) and PMPL (PUBG Mobile Pro League) South Asia 2020 this time around wont be organizing either of the events.
The move will be a big blow for Indian fans and stakeholders. International organizations such as Fnatic, TSM, Nova Esports, and Galaxy Racer will also have to make a call on how to proceed as it’s unlikely that their teams will be a part of any major tournaments this season. Many of these organizations, including several local ones, had set up boot camps and hired new personnel in the run up to the new season. Now with their future in jeopardy, it’s likely that organizations will have to make some hard choices.
The PUBG MOBILE esports circuit for other regions is in full swing with SEA countries already reaching the finals stage.
Post the ban in India, which is PUBG Mobile’s biggest region in terms of a player base, Teams were deciding to shift to a different region to play the tournament, even that wont be possible. The teams reportedly won’t be allowed to travel to another country and participate in the tournament as well.
No option remain for the teams, players and organizations, they cannot sustain without playing these major tournaments. Its highly likely the team disbands are incoming or game switch is the only other option.