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Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards

PUBG Mobile Star Challenge Global Finals

Finalist in Gaming, Live Events

About this entry

In November 2018, Tencent Games hosted the largest global mobile esports tournament for their popular gaming app, PUBG Mobile and approached Viral Nation to market the event to audiences across 15 different countries. With the goal to drive mass awareness and attendance to the PUBG Mobile Star Challenge Global Finals (PMSC) in Dubai, our team launched an international influencer marketing and PR campaign with a multi-platform strategy to achieve maximum results. Our core KPIs were to generate 50 million social media impressions and 60 million media impressions over the course of the month-long campaign.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

This campaign, running November 2nd to December 19, 2018, took extensive planning and management of influencers across different time zones and languages. Our team activated over 100 international and local (Dubai) influencers across five social media platforms (Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) and engaged key international media contacts to promote and rebroadcast the PMSC live stream.

We contracted 13 prominent gaming influencers (also known as KOLs or country leaders) from the United States, Brazil, Turkey, China, Japan, Korea, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia, Iraq, UAE and Thailand to attend and promote the PMSC, representing their respective country teams. We planned a week full of activities in Dubai days before the tournament, offering settings which invited creative and engaging content creation.

The campaign kicked off with "pre-heat" content including advance media coverage, KOLs documenting their flights to Dubai and plans for the week, and social publishers promoting tickets or livestream links, encouraging fans to tune in.

Upon arrival in Dubai, we accompanied influencers on a city tour where they visited the Burj Khalifa, Burj Club, Dubai Parks and Resorts and more. Influencers filmed content using #PMSC2018 to promote the tournament, including strong calls to action encouraging their audiences to tune-in online.

We partnered with YouTube Space Dubai to host a full day of filming for the global influencers on November 28. Collaborating with a production team from the UK to conceptualize and produce a six-hour livestream "pre-show" event on PUBG Mobile's YouTube channel, we coordinated interviews and challenges with each country leader to help promote and build excitement for the PMSC in the days leading up to the tournament. We also commissioned translation services to develop digital cue cards which would display interview questions for each individual influencer in their native language. The pre-show livestream successfully brought in over 350,000 viewers in just under a day.

Finally, we created and distributed a hype video recapping all of the exciting events that took place throughout the week in Dubai and engaged influencers and our large network of social publishers to share the clip with their audiences.


Viral Nation was able to increase awareness of the PUBG Mobile Star Challenge through the activation of 142 global influencers, 360 posts and 41 media placements. With advance promotional content being broadcast in over 15 different languages, we were able to expand the tournament's global reach exponentially.

As a result, the PUBG Mobile Star Challenge campaign achieved:

● 224.1 million social media impressions

● 128.6 million media impressions

● 30 million post-campaign video distribution views

● 3000 attendees over the course of the three day tournament

● 104% outperformance on the projected campaign KPIs


Video for PUBG Mobile Star Challenge Global Finals

Produced by

Viral Nation, Tencent Games


Entry Credits

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the REGULAR deadline FOR BRANDS AND ORGANIZATIONS to enter the shorty awards is on thursday, FEB 6TH.