PUBG Global Championship
The PUBG Global Championship (or PGC in short) is a tournament organized by PUBG Corporation, which is hosted annually as the final event of the Competitive PUBG season, and crowns the official PUBG Global Champions for the respective year.
Global Invitational Era (2018)
Serving as the first international PUBG Esports tournament hosted by PUBG Corp., and a precursor to the Global Championship, the 2018 PUBG Global Invitational was announced on 24th April of 2018, and was hosted in the Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena in July of 2018. PGI featured 20 teams from 11 competitive regions, decided through the regional qualifiers hosted in the Spring of 2018, a prize pool of $2,000,000 USD, and a separate tournament and Global Champions for the first-person and third-person perspectives. Additionally, each of the participating teams have received their own in-game hoodie, with 25% of it's revenue being distributed to the respective squads.
Pro League Era (2019)
On November 6th, 2019. PUBG Corporation introduced the official pro competitions in nine different regions around the globe (uniting the EU, CIS and MEA regions into a single EMEA region in the process) , recognized as a part of the 2019 Official competitive season, while moving the now-rebranded Global Championship from July to November, while retaining it's position as the official World Championship tournament for PUBG Esports.
A brand new format and system have been introduced for the PGC 2019, with a number of teams being increased from 20 to 32, and a addition of Group, Elimination and Semi-Finals stages leading to a 16-team, 2-day Grand Finals. The prize pool have been retained at 2,000,000 USD, but PUBG Corp. have introduced a revamped revenue share program, which featured the tournament-branded items, with 50% of item total revenue being shared among participating teams. Half of the 50%, 25% have been added directly into the PGC prize pool, while the other 25% have been distributed based on the percent of votes each team received in the PGC Pick'Em Challenge event.
Global Series Era (2020 - present)
In the announcement of the PUBG Global Series on January 30th, 2020, PUBG Corp. announced the changes for the Global Championship starting from the 2020 onwards. The new format have decreased the number of teams participating in the Global Championship from thirty-two to sixteen, and reintroduced a single-stage tournament format from the Global Invitational. Additionally, the qualification process have been changed, with the top four teams of the final Global Series event of the year receiving a direct invite to the PGC, and the remaining twelve spots being decided based on the Global Series annual ranking.
The qualification process have been scraped with the cancellation of the Global Series, and it's replacement by the PUBG Continental Series.