Looks like Indian teams would miss this year's PMCO after all... with no further development regarding PUBG Mobile India. The PUBG Mobile Club Open Spring Split 2021 would begin on Feb 1, with participants from 27 regions around the world. And in a surprise move that no one expected, PUBG Mobile officials have removed the Vikendi map from the format completely.

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In this article, we would list everything you need to know about this tournament and why the map was removed.

Why is Vikendi removed?

Vikendi is one of the earliest maps released in PUBG Mobile, in December 2018... and is probably the least liked amongst fans. Sanhok is also unpopular... but at least it is faster than Vikendi, with only half the player count.


Overall, most players complain about the circle spawn locations on the map and how tedious it is to get to those circles. Even the best team could get beaten in Vikendi if they are unlucky with circle spawns.

PMCO 2021's new format

PUBG Mobile Club Open 2021 would only be played on three maps: Miramar, Erangel and Sanhok. It is unknown if this format would change in later tournaments or not. In PUBG Mobile China (Peacekeeper Elite League), even Sanhok gets removed, with most tournaments played on only Erangel and Miramar.


Registration for PMCO 2021 has already started and would end on January 24. The qualification stage is scheduled for Feb 1 to Feb 7... while the regional group stage would be Feb 16 to Feb 21. The grand finals of the tournament would be Feb 24 to Feb 28.

The total prize pool of the PMCO will be around 1.64 million USD. Overall, the ban on PUBG Mobile in India is a huge setback for Indian Esports. After it is lifted, it would take a while for Indian teams to get back to their previous skill level.

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