PUBG Mobile Pro League’s viewership drops by 85% due to PUBG ban in India

PUBG Mobile Pro League's viewership drops by 85% due to PUBG India ban
PUBG Mobile Pro League's viewership drops by 85% due to PUBG India ban

PUBG Mobile India latest update: The ban on PUBG Mobile by India resulted in a ban on Indian players from the Tencent organized tournaments. The second Season of PUBG Mobile Pro League of South Asia was missed by the Indian region for the same reason we see that The Global Championship(PMGC) is also going to fly by without any Indian participation.

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 The Indian region is where most of the competition of PUBG Mobile Pro League and PMCO would come from, as majority of the teams would qualify from here. Reportedly 17 of the total 24 teams were affected and had to pull out of the league.

Due to the ban on Indian players, the PUBG Mobile Pro League South Asia’s viewership took a huge hit. According to data from Esports Charts, the second season peaked at just 42,146 viewers. This is 85 percent less than season one of the PMPL South Asia, which had a peak viewership of 285,499 people.

The average viewership for the league was far worse. According to Esports Charts, the second season had 16,608 watching on average. Compared to season one which had 128,796 people tuning into the league on average, this is 87 percent less.

Seeing these huge drops in viewership isn’t surprising. India was one of the biggest regions in terms of downloads. According to a report from September by analytics company Sensor Tower, the game was downloaded around 770 million times in the country alone. Additionally, many of the Indian players command followings in the millions, which pull people in to watch the league.

PUBG Mobile could be coming back to India soon. Recently, PUBG Corp. announced that it was publishing a new version of the game in the country and investing $100 million to “cultivate the local video game, esports, entertainment, and IT industries.” The game still hasn’t returned, though.

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