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- Fnatic plans to establish an Indian gaming facility after acquiring a PUBG Mobile team in the country.
- As of June, PUBG Mobile had amassed more than 400M downloads, with 50M daily active users.
- The $2.5M USD PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 will conclude in December.
Fnatic acquired Team XSpark, a team that competes in the mobile version of PUBG Corporation’s battle royale shooter, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. Division director Victor Bengtsson told Indian publication Spiel Times that Fnatic has larger-scale plans in the country.
“For the initial months, we’ll focus on the sports side and content. Over time, we are looking to set up a gaming facility and staff up so that all the fans and gamers in India can get the full Fnatic experience that they deserve, in terms of products, experiences, and of course content,” Bengtsson said in the interview, adding, “One of the core reasons for us coming to India is to create a platform where fans of esports can find a home.”
The free-to-play PUBG Mobile has seen significant growth across Asia, with Tencent announcing in June that the game had been downloaded 400M times internationally, with 50M daily active users. The $2.5M PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 competition is currently underway, with the Fall Split Global Finals set to take place in December.
“The Indian market is something we’ve always been interested in,” Bengtsson also told Spiel Times. “The dedication we see from fans whenever anything esports-related takes place is nothing short of remarkable. We were simply looking for the right opportunity that would reflect how big of a splash we wanted to make in whatever title we entered with. PUBG Mobile became that title. We believe that Fnatic will bring a true fan experience for gamers across India, and we can’t wait to connect with all of them.”