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 represents Korea's portion of 2019 Official competitive season held by PUBG Corporation.
Launch & S1 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 been implemented to improve the participation and ecosystem of players during the first season of PKL. During the first season, 36 teams were selected as certified professional teams, called PKL Pro Teams which secures a place in all 5 PKL S1 Pro Tours. In first season PKL are also welcoming teams from other countries such as Thailand, Japan and China alongside amateur teams in Korea.
Season 1 tournaments are split across three tiers, Including:
- 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. Including:
- 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 represents as a qualification of Korean teams to the PUBG Global Invitational 2018.
S2 Era (October 2018 - January 2019)
PKL changed up the league system for Season 2 by scrapping the three tiers and merging into a single "PUBG Korea League" which introduces a quicker and more agressive circle, an Increased total season prize pool of ₩235,000,000 KRW ( $200,000 USD ), and new format of weekly system where teams fighting across three days in a week for PKL Points throughout the season.
AfreecaTV and OGN was appointed as 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 represents as a qualification of Korean teams to the PUBG Asia Invitational 2019.
Pro League Era (2019 - Present)
On November 6th, 2019. PUBG Corporation introduced the official pro competitions in nine different regions around the globe. Recognized as the 2019 Official competitive season, Which selects 9 Regions to be implemented (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)
Also there will be numerous global events throughout the year, including the All-Star Games in August and the Global Championship in November where the world champion of each season will be crowned.
Brand new format and system of the league are also deployed, with Teams decreased from 32 to 24 and Prize pool being changed to ₩200,000,000 KRW ( $180,000 USD ) per phase. The weekly finals and offline finals are also removed in favor of 6-week league play.
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 ) in each phase and spots at the global events.
- Bottom 4 in each phase relegated to next phase of PKC
- PKC: Secondary league, Contenders division.
- Teams playing all matches offline, with ₩50,000,000 KRW ( $45,000 USD ) in each phase.
- Top 4 in each phase promotes to next phase of PKL
- Bottom 6 in each phase 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||TBD||TBD|
|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||TBD||TBD|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Phase 2||Michael Gaming||Cesti e-sports|
|PUBG Korea Contenders 2019 - Phase 1||MEDIABRIDGE Square||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|