PUBG Mobile was initially released on Android in 2018, and over the last two years, the game has seen many updates and improvements, but it still hasn't reached version 1.0. Well, this will all change on September 8th. PUBG Corporation has just announced that a slew of improvements are coming with the update to version 1.0 this September. This is so the game will offer a smoother experience for eSports. You see, PUBG Mobile World League and the World Championship are going to be combined this November into one event called PUBG Mobile Global Championship (absolutely nothing confusing about that), which will offer a $2-million prize pool.

PUBG Corporation has been kind enough to include a graphic that describes a few of the changes expected whenever version 1.0 lands this September. As you can see, the studio is claiming better performance as well as a smaller install size.

Beyond what's presented in the above graphic, it would also appear improvements are coming to characters and environments, with more realistic effects for shooting in the mix as well. Actions like sprinting, throwing, and parachuting will be improved too, and the game's lighting system and texture qualities are also getting an overhaul. It would also seem the UI is getting a rework. Sadly PUBG Corporation has nothing to show despite today's announcement. It focuses primarily on eSports, which is rather telling that a major overhaul for PUBG Mobile takes a backseat to announce Season Zero of the PMGC, which won't even start until November. Hell, it's still unknown if audiences will even be able to attend any of these planned PMGC events, thanks to COVID, but clearly, there's money to be made when promoting your own eSport events, and so this is the direction PUBG Corp. is headed with the update to v1.0.

While it's nice to hear PUBG Mobile should hopefully run better on a wider range of devices soon, the current focus on eSports couldn't make for more boring news. Last I looked, the game was still filled with cheaters and bots. While I hope the planned improvements alleviate some of these long-running issues, I still find it difficult to get enthused for a corporate-run eSports event that exists entirely to make the developer more money. Maybe if PUBG Corporation had actually focused on creating a quality game from the start, it wouldn't have needed to overhaul the title just to get it ready for competitive play? Just a thought.

So there you have it. PUBG Mobile version 1.0 should land on September 8th, and PMGC Season Zero will start sometime late November. If you'd like to prepare for the upcoming competition and its $2M prize-pool, you can grab the latest version of PUBG Mobile through the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.

Press Release

PUBG MOBILE REVEALS 1.0 VERSION LAUNCH AND THE BIGGEST GLOBAL MOBILE ESPORTS EVENT PUBG MOBILE GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP

PUBG MOBILE, the international mobile gaming phenomenon just announced the arrival of its new era with the upcoming launch of 1.0 version with huge updates on September 8th, and the world’s biggest global mobile esports tournament PUBG MOBILE Global Championship with a grand prize pool of $2M USD starting late November

LOS ANGELES – August 24th, 2020: PUBG MOBILE today reveals a new era announcement, including the highly anticipated 1.0 version with huge updates, and the world’s biggest global mobile esports event, the PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC). Following nearly three years’ success as one of the most popular mobile games in the world, PUBG MOBILE will launch 1.0 version on September 8th with new tech, new UX, new gameplay features and more to deliver the most realistic tactical tournament experience on mobile. PMGC Season Zero will begin in late November and invites pro teams from all regions including Americas, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, China, to compete for the highest prize pool of $2M USD in PUBG MOBILE esports history, and to be crowned the inaugural PUBG MOBILE Global Champions. Qualcomm Technologies, the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and a driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G and mobile gaming innovation is the official title sponsor of PMGC.

PUBG MOBILE first launched in 2018 and has since achieved over 600M downloads and 50 Million Daily Active Players worldwide (excluding Chinese mainland). Following the incredible success of the game, and consistent player base growth, PUBG MOBILE is continuing to bring innovations and improved gameplay experiences to players. With the launch of 1.0 version on September 8th, alongside a much-anticipated surprise to be revealed soon, PUBG MOBILE will be completely overhauled for launch to offer the most authentic and immersive experience on mobile.

Going into more details than ever before on what fans can expect from the 1.0 launch, new technologies in version 1.0 have been adopted to fully upgrade the quality of the game. Improvements have been made to players’ characters, including Main Lobby lights and environments, as well its iconic environments. Particles, smoke, air blasts, muzzle flashes, and the addition of scope interaction make every shot more realistic. Parachuting, sprinting, throwing and other key actions have also been optimized for the most captivating battle royale experience. Upgrades to lighting systems and texture quality bring the vegetation, sky, and water to life. Models and texture quality are also improved to provide a more realistic feel and high-quality experience.

To bring players a more concise and intuitive control experience, PUBG MOBILE's user interface and interactive experiences have also been completely overhauled, with interactions, visuals, motions and sound effects quality improved. The interface is tweaked to make it easy on the eyes, while adding some visual technology elements. The color tones of Dawn Cyan, smoke grey, hope white and victory yellow were chosen to convey to players the design concepts of the morning dawn, of rebirth after failure, and of the glory after a breakthrough eureka moment.

To make it easier for players to find what they want, giving them more refined and upgraded controls, the innovative multi-screen switching mode exclusively for PUBG MOBILE will be launched. The existing functions will be more organized in display. Games, community, and purchases have been separated into 3 different spaces, enabling quick and easy access for players, and creating a simple and clean interface, helping players quickly locate their required functions. In addition, players can customize their own layout, for more comfortable operations and user experience.

“We want to thank every single one of our players for joining us on our journey to the 1.0 launch.Throughout the design and development process we’ve been adamant on keeping the iconic PUBG MOBILE IP and style, while we’ve continued to innovate to deliver the ultimate experience for mobile devices,” said spokesperson from PUBG MOBILE. “Whilst this is the 1.0 launch, this is by no means the end of development. The new era of PUBG MOBILE is a new beginning, and we have so many more exciting updates for fans which we will share soon.”

Alongside the groundbreaking 1.0 version reveal, PUBG MOBILE esports is going to the next level with the announcement of PUBG MOBILE World League (PMWL) and World Championship combined into one epic event, the biggest global mobile esports tournament PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC). Season Zero of PMGC will begin in late November and top pro teams from all regions including Americas, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, China, will face off in an epic battle to crown the Global Champions and take home the lion’s share of $2M. Due to the global pandemic, an onsite audience may not be possible for PMGC Season Zero, but if it is safe to do so, the League will begin in late November, taking place across multiple studios.

This year PUBG MOBILE completed the structure for its global year-long esports program. The program now supports players of all levels from amateur to semi-pro and pro across multiple countries and regions ensuring a clear path to become esports stardom. At the base for every player such as National and Campus championships and various 3rd party events held in many countries, there will be more coming in more countries. For semi-pro players, the PUBG MOBILE Club Open (PMCO) features this year 16 regions with over 150 countries. The total combined registrations from Spring and Fall reached over 120k, more and more players joined to enjoy the excitement of PUBG MOBILE esports competitions.

The robust esports ecosystem saw the PUBG MOBILE Pro League (PMPL) introduced to add an additional pro layer of competition. There are PMPLs hosting in 7 regions with a total of 152 teams participating and a groundbreaking success of over 28M total hours watched. In July and August, the brand-new PUBG MOBILE World League (PMWL) Season Zero saw 40 teams in East and West league show their best skills during this amazing competition. The peak concurrent audience reached over 1.1M views, the total hours watched peaked over 40M hours, which breaks the record as the biggest viewership so far in PUBG MOBILE esports. According to Esports Charts, PUBG MOBILE World League 2020 East has become the most popular online-only event.

“Following the success of PUBG MOBILE World League Season Zero, we knew we had to come up with an idea that would raise the bar even higher and create something truly extraordinary to close out the first year of our new esports program,” said James Yang, Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports. “2020 has been a huge challenge for everyone, and we hope to bring positivity and encouragement to the world through gaming and esports. We wanted to invite more regions than ever before to create a spectacular, highly competitive event for players and the community to enjoy around the globe.”

For more information about upcoming PUBG MOBILE esports news, stay tuned at Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

About PUBG MOBILE:

PUBG MOBILE is based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

For more information, please visit the official PUBG MOBILE accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

PUBG Mobile updated to v1.0, offering an improved experience across the board

Last month (August 2020), we learned that PUBG Corporation would finally hit the v1.0 milestone for PUBG Mobile and that this update would bring massive improvements to the title, such as a new UX, controls, and graphics. Well, the company has stayed true to its word and so the latest update for PUBG Mobile is officially available.

Starting today, players can visit New Erangel, which offers updates for the level's sky, land, water, and vegetation, all so that the map appears to be more realistic. Some buildings have been changed as well, along with resource points, which should make for fresh gameplay even if you've previously memorized the map. A few improvements have also come to Livik, so players can expect to find a new semi-automatic shotgun. Livik has also been rebalanced, and visual enhancements are in the mix as well.

If players choose to update the PUBG Mobile to version 1.0 between September 8 and September 13, they will earn 2,888 BP, 100 AG, and a Red Racecar Knight Backpack, so at least there is an incentive to check out today's update, which is nice to see.

Of course, since v1.0 requires approximately 1.8 GB of storage space for Android, it's clear this is a rather large update, which means I've only touched the surface of all of the included changes. So if you'd like to check out the Play Store changelog, I've pasted it below, but that's just a summary. The full details can be found on the official PUBG Mobile website, and it's quite a list.

WHAT'S NEW
NEW ERA
- Revamped the Quarry and Prison, rebuilt Mylta Power, upgraded building structures, and added new bunkers! Explore the new Erangel Mode!
NEW UX
Overhauled the user interface and interactive experiences to expand the player Space, enable smooth switching between lobbies, and ensure a fashionable style.
NEW TECHNOLOGY
Better graphics and smoother gameplay.
Embark on a new adventure now!

So there you have it. PUBG Mobile has finally reached version 1.0, and this update brings with it a plethora of changes and improvements. Those that install the update in the next week will earn a few rewards, but the changes to the game's graphics and UI are clearly the real draw. Of course, to say the v1.0 improvements have been a long time coming would be an understatement, but seeing that PUBG Corp. has finally polished PUBG Mobile, now seems to be the best time to jump in, though cheaters are still an issue even though inroads have been made on that front.

As always, you can grab the install for PUBG Mobile from the Play Store widget below, and for those in India, you can grab the APK right here (the OBB is needed, but if you've installed PUBG Mobile on your device at least once, the OBB files will automatically download).

PUBG MOBILE - NEW ERA
PUBG MOBILE - NEW ERA
Developer: Tencent Games
Price: Free+