Over The Course of Three Phases, Sixteen Teams Will Compete for Prizes, Event Invitations, a Trip to The Global Championship and More
Jan. 17, 2019 -- The National PUBG League (NPL), the premier PUBG Esports league for North America, today released the schedule and format for the 2019 competitive year. Produced in partnership with OGN, a leading producer and broadcaster of esports events and content, the NPL 2019 year will consist of three distinct phases. The top teams of each phase will move on to represent North America in various Global Events, culminating in the Global Championship in November, where the best PUBG teams will be crowned and a $1M prize pool will be awarded. All NPL activities will be produced and streamed live from the OGN Super Arena in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Each NPL phase will feature four different types of events:
NPL, where North America’s top professional teams will compete against each other.
NPL Contenders, a league for up-and coming teams to break into NPL.
NPL Royale, a three-day live weekend event that pits the 16 NPL teams against the 16 NPL Contenders teams.
NPL Relegation, a three-day event that features the bottom six NPL teams and the top ten NPL Contenders teams from each phase. The events will take place two weeks after each NPL phase and will determine placements in the next phase.
The 16 pro teams competing in the NPL will be: Adapt, Cloud9, eUnited, Ghost Gaming, Lazarus Esports, Noble Esports, Oxymoron, Shoot to Kill, Simplicity, Smokin Aces, Spacestation Gaming, Team Envy, Tempo Storm, Vicious Gaming, Why Tempt Fate and Wildcard Gaming.
NPL Phase 1 begins Feb. 1, hosting matches on Fridays at 5 p.m. PT and Saturdays @ 2 p.m. PT. The season will feature five weeks of play and conclude in March. Following the same format, Phase 2 will begin on May 3, and the third and final Phase will commence on Sept. 6.
Taking place every Tuesday, NPL Contenders features four weeks of competition that begins on Feb. 5, with Phase 2 starting on May 7 and Phase 3 starting on Sept. 10. NPL Royale Phase 1 will take place on Feb. 22-24, Phase 2 on May 24-26 and Phase 3 from Sept. 27-29. Finally, NPL Relegation Phase 1 will take place on March 22-24, Phase 2 on June 21-23 and Phase 3 from Oct. 25-27.
The NPL will award $1,000,000 over the course of the 2019 season. Full NPL prize pool details can be seen below.
▶ NPL (per Phase) - $200,000 Total
1st - $100,000
2nd - $40,000
3rd - $20,000
4th - $12,000
5th - $10,000
6th - $8,000
7th - $6,000
8th - $4,000
▶ NPL Contenders (per Phase) - $20,000 Total
1st - $6,000
2nd - $5,000
3rd - $4,000
4th - $3,000
5th - $2,000
6th - $1,000
▶ NPL Royale (per Phase) - $80,000 Total
1st - $40,000
2nd - $20,000
3rd - $10,000
4th - $5,000
5th - $3,000
6th - $2,000
*Note: $100,000 has already been awarded for the 2019 Preseason.