PUBG Korea League
PUBG Korea League (known as PKL) is a PUBG professional league in Korea. The league is the first ever regional pro league ecosystem for the PUBG proscene, and represented Korea's portion of 2018 and 2019 Official competitive season held by PUBG Corporation. The league stopped it's operations at the end of 2019 following the 2020's PUBG Global Series and Open qualifications announcement.
Launch & Season 1 Era (March 2018 - July 2018)
In the March of 2018, PUBG Corporation have introduced a new league system for Competitive PUBG in Korea called PUBG Korea League, with an official professional team system being implemented to improve the participation and ecosystem of players during the first season of PKL. During the PKL Season 1, 36 teams were selected as certified professional teams, called PKL Pro Teams which secured them a place in all 5 PKL S1 Pro Tours tournaments. In first season PKL have also welcomed teams from other countries such as Thailand, Japan and China, alongside amateur teams in Korea.
Season 1 tournaments have been split across three tiers as followed:
- Pro Tour : PKL Pro Teams + non-Pro & Overseas - Minimum of 4 weeks long tournament with 8 Rounds of Groupstages and Finals
- A Tour : Amateur teams + Selected PKL Pro Teams - Minimum of 2 weeks long tournament with 4 Rounds of Groupstages and Finals
- B Tour : Amateur teams + Selected PKL Pro Teams - Single week tournament with 2 Days of matches
The first season consists of five Pro Tours , six B Tours and one A Tour, with Five tournaments across three series was selected as PKL Season 1 Pro Tours :
- AfreecaTV PUBG League 2018 - Season 1
- AfreecaTV PUBG League 2018 - Season 2
- HOT6 OGN PUBG Survival Series - Season 2
- HOT6 OGN PUBG Survival Series - Season 1
- SPOTV PUBG Warfare Masters - Pro Tour
PKL Season 1 served as a South Korean qualifier to the PUBG Global Invitational 2018.
Season 2 Era (October 2018 - January 2019)
PKL changed up the league system for Season 2 by scrapping the three-tier format and merging into a single "PUBG Korea League", which introduced a quicker and more agressive circle, an increased total season prize pool of ₩235,000,000 KRW ( $200,000 USD ), and a new, weekly-based format where teams fought across three days in a week for PKL Points throughout the season.
AfreecaTV and OGN were appointed as the co-Organizers of season 2, with AfreecaTV producing week 1, 3, 5 at the KT 10 GiGA Arena and Korea Final at the Hanyang University Gymnasium, while OGN produced week 2, 4, 6 at the Facebook Gaming Arena. The PKL Season 2 additionally served as a South Korean Qualifier for the PUBG Asia Invitational 2019.
Pro League Era (2019)
On November 6th, 2019. PUBG Corporation introduced the official pro competitions in nine different regions around the globe, recognized as a part of the 2019 Official competitive season (as of SUPER 1.6.0 - the current Pro League and Pro Circuit classifications are now removed, all regions share the same level of classification).
On top of them there will be numerous global events throughout the year, including the Nations Cup in August and the PUBG Global Championship 2019 in November, whill will crown the Global Champions of each competitive season.
Brand new format and system of the league have been applied, with a number of teams being decreased from 32 to 24 and Prize pool being lowered to ₩200,000,000 KRW ( $180,000 USD ) per phase. The weekly league format and offline finals have also been removed in favor of 6-week round robin league play.
Global Series Era (2020 - present)
Following the announcement of the 2020 Global Series on December 10th, 2019, Korea League ecosystem was scrapped in favor of the Open Qualification similar to 2018, with teams that have originally qualified for both PKL and PKC 2020 Phase 1 receiving a reserved spot in the later stages of the PGS Berlin Qualifier. Various 3rd party tournaments, similar to the 2018 structure have been allowed to return.
The PKL ecosystem are span across three phases, in each phases contains the following events
- PKL: Main league, the highest division of Korean PUBG.
- Teams playing all matches offline, with ₩200,000,000 KRW ( $180,000 USD ) prize pool and spots at the global events on the line in each Phase.
- Bottom 4 teams of each phase are relegated to next phase of PKC
- PKC: Secondary league, Contenders division.
- Teams playing all matches offline, with ₩50,000,000 KRW ( $45,000 USD ) prize pool for each phase.
- Top 4 teams in each phase promote to next phase of PKL
- Bottom 6 of each phase gets relegated to Open Slot
- Open Slot: Open qualifier for Contenders.
- Bottom 6 teams from PKC + Teams from open qualifiers battle it out offline for the 6 open slot at PKC
|PUBG Korea League 2019 - Phase 3||OGN Entus Force||T1|
|PUBG Korea League 2019 - Phase 2||Gen.G Esports||DPG danawa|
|PUBG Korea League 2019 - Phase 1||OP Gaming Rangers||Afreeca Freecs Fatal|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Phase 3||AsuraWalk||E-STATS Esports|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Phase 2||Michael Gaming||Cesti e-sports|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Phase 1||MEDIABRIDGE||KST|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Amateur Qualifier: Group D||KST||2019|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Amateur Qualifier: Group A||rN||EongDeongGuk|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Amateur Qualifier: Group B||DECODE||World Class|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Amateur Qualifier: Group C||Lv.1||Warriors|
Season 2 (2018)
|PUBG Korea League Season 2 - Finals||Actoz Stars Red||OP Gaming Rangers|
|PUBG Korea League Season 2 - Regular Season||Afreeca Freecs Fatal||OGN Entus Force|
Season 1 (2018)
|PUBG Survival Series 2018 - Season 2||OP Gaming Rangers||Gen.G Gold|
|AfreecaTV PUBG League - Season 2||OGN Entus Force||Kongdoo Reddot|
|PUBG Warfare Masters 2018 - Pro Tour||ROCCAT INV||Gen.G Gold|
|PUBG Survival Series 2018 - Season 1||ROG Centurion||ROCCAT Armor|
|AfreecaTV PUBG League - Season 1||Gen.G Black||Gen.G Gold|