In a bid to create an improved viewer experience, the National PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds League has announced a major schedule change going into Phase Two of the season.
In Phase One, matches were spread between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This schedule was not well received by viewers. The new schedule shortens the weekend schedule to only Saturday and Sunday. With no need for a later weekday start, all matches will now begin at 2 p.m. Pacific.
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These changes are paired with an adjustment to the upcoming National PUBG League Royale P1 . Once again, the event’s schedule has been shortened from three days to two. Both Group A and Group B will play their four matches on Saturday, followed by a six-match final on Sunday (an increase over the four-match final played at the first NPL Royale in February).
The schedule of the NPL Contenders feeder league remains unchanged, with the exception of the Contenders Relegation stage, which (along with NPL Relegation) will now take place over two days instead of three.
The inaugural season of the NPL has received a lukewarm reception from the esports scene, with some critics citing the league’s lack of franchised teams and player support as the causes behind its stalled momentum. Phase 1 notched an average concurrent viewership of only 8,781. There was also only 400,247 total hours watched. These schedule changes appear to be one facet of PUBG Corporation’s attempt to right the ship.
The second stage of the NPL kicks off on May 4.