PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) 2022 – Schedule, Teams & Watch Live

The PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) 2022 is set to happen from Aug. 11 to 20. Teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $3 million prize pool and the prestigious trophy.

The venue for the PMWI  is the Esports and Elite Zone – Boulevard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This will be the first global offline event since the 2019 PMCO Fall Split Global Finals. The PMWI is happening at the Gamers8 festival, who are also the event partners for the tournament. ESL is the broadcasting partner while Sony Xperia is the smartphone partner. Players will likely play in the PMWI with Sony Xperia smartphones.

Watch the PMWI 2022 Live:

Fans from around the world can tune in to YouTube and Twitch to watch the PMWI 2022. Tencent hasn’t revealed the exact broadcast timings yet.

PMWI 2022 Schedule – Unique two-week format

The PMWI 2022 has been split into two weeks. The schedule for them is as follows:

  • Week one (Main Tournament): Aug. 11 to 13
  • Week two (Afterparty Showdown): Aug. 18 to 20

If you are looking to attend the PMWI in-person, rejoice, as tickets will be available on the Gamers8 website soon. The organizer hasn’t revealed the pricing and other details yet.

PMWI 2022 Schedule

The $3 million prize pool has been split between both of the weeks. The main tournament, which will feature 18 teams competing for the win, will have a prize pool of $2 million. The Afterparty Showdown, on the other hand, will only have 12 teams competing for the remaining $1 million.

PMWI Main Tournament Format

The first week of the PMWI will feature the main tournament, where most of the bragging rights will be up for grabs. The 18 teams will compete across an undisclosed number of matches to decide the winners.

It’s to be noted that PUBG Mobile esports has been playing with 16-team lobbies until now. The PMWI will see a change in this with 18 teams playing together. They will play on Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok.

Main Tournament Format

What teams are competing in the Main Tournament?

The 18 teams in the Main Tournament have been invited from different leagues around the world. They are as follows:

PMWI Main Tournament Teams

PMWI Afterparty Showdown Format

The PMWI Afterparty Showdown will only have 12 teams with $1 million on the line. Tencent hasn’t revealed the exact format yet, however.

The top five teams from the Main Tournament will make it to the Afterparty Showdown. Additionally, six chosen teams from different regions and one special invited team will make it to the Afterparty Showdown.

Who are the teams competing in the Afterparty Showdown?

To select five of the six teams from different regions, Tencent launched an in-game voting system in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the Americas, and Europe. The voting lasted from July 8 to 10 with the most voted team qualifying for the Afterparty Showdown. The teams are as follows:

  • Deadeyes Guys (South Asia)
  • Bigetron RA (Southeast Asia)
  • Ra’ad (Middle East and Africa)
  • Alpha7 Esports (Americas)
  • S2G Esports (Europe)

Currently, Tencent hasn’t revealed any details on who the special invite might be.

Afterparty Showdown Team selection criteria

The PUBG Mobile World Invitational is one of the newer tournament which Tencent has introduced with it’s first edition happening just last year. The 2021 PMWI, however, was quite different as the teams played remotely. Furthermore, the PMWI was split into the East and West to reduce ping disparity between the global competitors. The PMWI 2021 was supported by Gamers Without Borders and had a charity prize pool of $3 million, split evenly between the East and the West. Teams could donate this money to a charity of their choice.

Sixteen teams competed in each region with Valdus Esports becoming the Eastern champions. The title of Western champions, on the other hand, went to Brazil’s Alpha7 Esports.

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