PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals Will Be Remote After Players Test Positive for COVID-19
One of the most controversial stories that we had recently was the fact that Tencent and PUBG Esports organization had decided that the upcoming PUBG Global Invitational S would be in person. Well, it seems that our concern with this decision as well as making the 2021 PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals in-person was not unfounded.
PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals Will Now Be Online
The official PUBG Mobile Esports Facebook page posted an update about the PUBG Mobile event that is going to kick off very soon and revealed that there is a sudden, last-minute change that is being made to the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals format as a whole.
The 2021 PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals will now be formally online and remote in isolation as there has been a sudden development in the players who are gathering onsite for the event. You see, the event was going to be a unique hybrid format that we haven’t really seen before.
This would be a mix of online and in-person with many of the teams and players from around the world gathering in-person to compete in the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals. Though this was a controversial decision, it was one that was not made lightly and necessarily recklessly.
The esports organization for the popular mobile battle royale game did at least acknowledge that what it was trying to do was pretty unheard of during this global pandemic time and was going to take all of the necessary steps to ensure that it is done in a safe and secure manner.
Players Test Positive for COVID-19
Well, it seems that those necessary steps paid off in the end as the PUBG Mobile Esports team has made the right choice in now making the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals an online event entirely for all of the teams who will be participating in it.
This was made not because of necessarily a sudden change of heart but because of the events that have transpired recently. In preparation for the upcoming finals, teams who are really far away from South Korea have been flying in so that they can have as fair of a competitive environment as possible.
The organization who is hosting the massive PUBG Mobile event has taken all of the precautions in ensuring that the players are self-quarantining and all of that when they arrive in Korea. This is to ensure that those who play in-person would not be spreading anything to anyone.
However, it didn’t necessarily go as planned in the end. While the players did reportedly quarantine as required by the mandate of the government and the esports organization, it was found that several of them did end up getting the coronavirus after all.
PUBG Mobile Esports Has Been Seemingly Transparent About Everything
It seems that the PUBG Mobile Esports team was transparent in noting that three players have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, they remain well and are not showing any symptoms at all. This is interesting for all three to be asymptomatic but it seems that this is the case.
Regardless, they should not be able to transfer the coronavirus to other players and staff members as they have been immediately quarantined and will be having regular testing to see what happens. In addition, others who have come into close contact with the three players have been quarantined as well.
The esports organization is dedicated to ensuring that they have a full recovery and are making sure that all necessary support, including medical assistance from various health facilities are available to them. In addition, this has resulted in the major sudden decision made today.
In accordance with the contingency plan, likely prepared in the event that someone did test positive like in this case, the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals will see all of the players and teams competing in isolation online.
All Players Will Play From Isolation
There will be a dedicated network that will feature the players competing in the event, instead of gathering at the venue as was originally planned. This is to make sure that the health and safety of all players and staff remains the top priority that it has been.
It seems that nothing has really changed at all with the tournament schedule and event outside of the fact that it will be done remotely for everyone. It seems that everyone is already in quarantine on their own and they are getting ready to play in the 2021 PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals come tomorrow, Thursday, January 21.
It definitely seems that the PUBG Mobile Esports group was ready for this in the event that it happened and had a solid backup plan to make sure that everything is still able to move forward. That is good but it does shed some light on in-person events for everyone else today.
This Event Will Likely Influence Other Esports Events This Year
When the announcement was made that it would be a hybrid event, there was skepticism that we had regarding it. After all, some of the players from nearby areas like China and Japan would be able to stay home and compete since they are rather close to South Korea.
But those players from Europe and the Americas and other places that are very far off would have to fly into Korea for the in-person competition. This hybrid nature seemed weird to us at first as it would just make more sense to make everyone do it online, instead.
And that is exactly what is happening now with the 2021 PUBG Mobile Global Championship Finals as everyone will participate online. Fortunately, they are relatively close to one another so there should be some fairness in terms of connection and lag issues.
But we wouldn’t be surprised if this development makes any other esports organization second guess having any sort of event in-person this year for the foreseeable future.