Krafton announces Battlegrounds Mobile India Series (BGMIS) 2021

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In the most recent post by Battlegrounds Mobile India on their socials, the first competitive tournament Battlegrounds Mobile India Series 2021 or BGMIS 2021 has been confirmed following the conclusion of the Launch Party last week. The tournament, which is the new name for PMIS or the PUBG Mobile India Series prior to the nationwide ban of the popular game in India. Any further dates or disclosures are yet to be revealed, as the post caption tells the audience to stay tuned for further announcements.

This tournament being the first competitive BGMI tournament will kick off the esports scene for the game, which had been put on hiatus since the ban of PUBG Mobile 9 months back, resulting in uncertainty for the existing esports teams and rosters. Thus, this announcement comes at a very crucial moment for all the teams and players looking forward to getting back in action and jump start their ventures again.

What to expect in BGMI Series 2021 based on PMIS

PMIS was an open for all tournament, with a total of 992 slots open for teams to qualify via in-game qualifiers. Each squad had to play 15 matches, out of which 10 of their best games were taken into account and the best teams qualified for the pre-qualifiers. From there onwards teams went through more cut off processes till the online qualifiers with 256 teams out of which 7 were directly invited professional teams.

The quarter-finals had 57 teams plus 7 invited professional teams. From there the number of squads were halved at each stage until only 16 squads remained and participated in the Grand Finals where they competed for the title and the prize pool money.

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Battlegrounds Mobile India Series (BGMIS) 2021 prize pool

According to unofficial leaks earlier, this year’s iteration of the newly named PMIS, now called Battlegrounds Mobile India Series 2021 will have twice the amount of money in the prize pool, that is, it will increase from last year’s ₹50,00,000 to ₹1,00,00,000 ($134k) which is a massive step up considering that it’s the first competitive tournament for BGMI.

Also, it remains to be seen how teams are invited or qualified, as many of the biggest names in the BGMI esports scenes are now disbanded or without an organization, such as the ex-TSM Entity roster and the disbanded GodLike roster or the now nonexistent Fnatic roster. Thus, if the final announcement is made before the rosters are finalized, we may see the tournament happen without those teams from the old iterations of the tournament.

Final Thoughts

Right now, it is not advisable to come to any premature conclusions, as the tournament details and criteria hasn’t been specified or announced yet. We have to keep in mind that the game has made its footfall in the country after months of hype and tussles with the Indian government over concerns of privacy issues, security and national integrity; thus, the organizers will do everything in their power to make the tournament well organized and lustrous to give the needed jump start to the BGMI esports scene in the country and make it a worth for the audience. For now, we can only cross our fingers and hope for the best to occur.

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