PUBG Mobile has officially unveiled the first-ever partner teams to join the PUBG Mobile Partnership Program, with 15 teams from the Southeast Asia (SEA) region accepted into the program. Five teams from Indonesia, four from Malaysia, three from Thailand, two from Vietnam, and one from the Philippines have been officially confirmed as Southeast Asia partner teams.
Each team will receive guaranteed slots for PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) and PMSL (PUBG Mobile Super League) SEA, alongside all the additional partner benefits and opportunities. PMSL SEA will kick off with Week One on 22nd March, with three weeks of competition before the PMSL Finals from 14th to 16th April.
PUBG Mobile Super League Southeast Asia Partner Teams
The partner teams for the Southeast Asia region are as follows:
The PUBG Mobile Partnership Program will provide teams with a guaranteed slot in their respective PMPL region and PMSL. Along with other teams that have qualified through PMPL, partner teams will participate in the PMSL Spring Season commencing on 22nd March. The tournament will span three weeks and feature gameplay across Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok. The top 16 teams will then proceed to the PMSL Finals, scheduled to take place from 14th to 16th April.
The PMSL will be an offline tournament held twice a year during the Spring and Fall seasons. Teams that secure top rankings in PMSL will be able to participate in the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2023 and PUBG Mobile World League (PMWI) 2023.
The partnership program aims to foster long-term team commitment to the league, facilitate closer collaboration with organizations, and deliver engaging and entertaining content to the audience.
Notably, there will be no changes among the selected 15 teams for at least one year, i.e., all the partnered teams will be a part of PMSL for at least a year. Upon the completion of the year, the slot will either be renewed for the same team or allocated to a new team. PUBG Mobile has a vested interest in maintaining long-term relationships with the partnered teams. However, if a team fails to deliver the expected performance and contribute to the ecosystem, its position in the program will be reviewed.
Furthermore, the PUBG Mobile Partnership Program did not have a registration fee for the first year of the program, but it might not be the case in the next year. However, the registration fee will be paid back to the teams through a prize pool or another way.
Selection criteria for the partnered teams
Each partner team has been selected for the PUBG Mobile Partnership Program based on several criteria, including their past tournament performances, financial stability, future commitment, fan popularity, and the overall popularity of PUBG Mobile Esports in their respective countries. These factors have been considered to ensure that the chosen teams have the potential to benefit from increased opportunities for player development, greater exposure to fans, and expanded support for their community.
The PUBG Mobile Partnership Program might also expand to other regions, including Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Given the differences and uniqueness of each region, the partnership program in different regions might have a different name, rule, and format.