The company confirmed at the PUBG Mobile Club Open event in Berlin this weekend that local servers for the game will be available before the end of 2019, plus a new Lite version of the game for lower-end devices.
“Last year we announced that we will introduce a Middle East server and this year, to ensure players from all over the world are well connected, we will be launching African servers,” the publisher’s global publishing boss Vincent Wang announced.
“With the launch of Africa’s first PUBG Mobile servers we want to show the continent that we are dedicated to the world of mobile gaming and we have seriously big plans for this region,” adds Tencent Africa’s Tramayne Monaghan in the press stuff.
With support for “significantly more devices” and a “much smaller installation size”, PUBG Mobile Lite drops on Google Play this month.
Precluding the otherwise inevitable questions about local servers for regular PUBG, remember that PUBG Mobile is operated by an entirely different company on an entirely different network infrastructure. And although local datacentres for Amazon Web Services are expected to open in 2020, that doesn’t necessarily mean that games using this service will have local servers at the same time – Microsoft opened its Azure datacentres in Cape Town and Joburg in March, but for now, these are for Office 365 and not Xbox Live.