Despite finishing fourth in the Battlegrounds Mobile India Series, GodLike Esports has apparently received an invite to the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2021 finals from India (BGIS).
In a Livestream, Ocean Sharma, one of the BGIS commentators, stated that GodLike will be moving on to the PMGC. Several Indian news agencies have also stated that the fan-favorite squad has been handed the position. Chetan “Kronten” Chandgude, the organization’s founder, and other members of the team have also confirmed the news via Instagram posts. Tencent and Krafton have yet to confirm that GodLike will compete in the PMGC.
The invitation was intended for the BGIS winner. Teams, however, have to meet specific criteria in order to compete in the PMGC, which will take place in Dubai from January 21 to 23. At least two players from each squad had to have a valid passport with a six-month validity, be completely immunized, and have a COVID-19 test that was negative. Teams had until 11 p.m. IST on January 16 to submit their supporting documentation. If they don’t, the PMGC slot will be given to the next highest-placed team.
The three teams in the BGIS finals above GodLike esports appear to have failed to meet the qualifications. In an Instagram story, the analyst for first-placed Skylightz Gaming disclosed that Tushar “GamlaBoy” Das was unable to seek a passport because he had recently tested positive for COVID-19. Pukar Singla, a member of the team, is a minor who has not been completely vaccinated. India began immunizing children aged 15 to 18 years old earlier this month.
Only two of TSM India’s players possessed passports, according to Nizhum Karmakar, the team’s manager. A third player’s passport is expected to arrive today, according to Karmakar. It’s unclear what conditions Squad XO fell short of, but the team was also denied a PMGC spot.
GodLike will most likely fly to Dubai in the next few days to compete in the PMGC finals against 15 other teams from all over the world. The prize pool for the competition is more than $3 million, which is the largest in the history of PUBG Mobile esports. Over the course of three days, a total of 18 matches will be played in order to crown a champion.