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Africa gets its first PUBG Mobile Servers – everything you need to know

I’m writing what is basically a news article, on a Monday! Who am I even?

This past weekend was the PMCO Global Finals in Berlin. My friend Frankie played host and some of my favourite esports talent including Pansy and Kaelaris took part in putting on an impressive show. PMCO had 16 teams competing with TOP Esports from China taking the eventual win. PUBG Esports is rather rad – teams drop in to a host of games and are awarded points for kills as well as placement points across various games. The eventual winner in the team with the most points on the leaderboard.

PMCO Winners

On the Saturday of the glitzy event, Vincent Wang, who is the GM of the Global Publishing Department at Tencent Games announced that Tencent will be launching dedicated African servers (this follows the launch of Middle East servers last year). The mobile game dropped early last year and has been named the world’s most played Battle Royale Shooter on any mobile platform. According to Wang the game has had more than 400 million downloads with more than 50 million people playing the game every day.

PUBG African Servers

While the game may be popular in Asia, lack of servers in ZA have likely meant big download numbers at launch but very little play time afterwards. Hopefully this will change with new servers coming in. Here’s what we know so far about the African servers:

  • There isn’t a launch date YET. However, the PUBG Mobile African servers are expected to go live before the end of the year.
  • The servers will be focused in the Southern African region (as per official correspondence). Meaning lower latency for countries in the region. That includes South Africa, FYI. I’ll follow up for a full list of included countries once we get a launch date.
  • Tramayne Monaghan, the Chief Innovation Officer at Tencent Africa has confirmed that plans are already in the works for a variety of leagues and competitions in the Southern African region.
  • We’ve got dedicated social channels for the region as well. You can follow PUBG MOBILE Southern Africa on Twitter and Facebook.
  • If you want more information and updates the social channels are the best bet. You can also follow the hashtag #serversarecoming

There’s a rather big debate around the “need” for local servers for any game. It’s a double edged sword: for regular players we want that drop in latency but if not enough players are playing the game you’re going to find yourself in empty lobbies waiting for them to fill up. However, by including the Southern African region I’m presuming Tencent is aware of the need for an active and decent sized player base – so I’m excited to see how this translates. PMCO also saw the announcement of the PUBG Mobile World League for 2020 which means there could potentially be an opportunity for local representation.

Southern African servers

From my side, I think any chance for Africa, and specifically South Africa, to be included in global events like this is a goodie and we need that inclusion. I just hope people see the value of the local servers. So now, the ball is in your court – what do you think of the PUBG Mobile servers? Excited? On the fence? Let me know in the comments below. I’d be keen to hear from you. 

16 Comments

  • Reply iownmymovies July 29, 2019 at 09:01

    What about RSA servers for PC ?

  • Reply Leon July 29, 2019 at 09:05

    I for one love the fact that we’re getting local PUBG Mobile servers (I enjoy the mobile version more than PUBG). A lot of locals are disappointed though that the servers isn’t for PUBG. However, if the player base is large enough for PUBG Mobile, then I think it will only be a matter of time before we perhaps get local PUBG servers too. We can only hope 🙂

  • Reply Jake Dekash July 29, 2019 at 10:22

    That’s good news, there’s many African PUBGM players. Over the last 3 months that I started my PUBGM journey, I’ve played alongside SA players, Algerian, Nigerians, Egyptians and many more. I’m sure that Tencent realizes that they must accommodate African players too. Cheers.

    • Reply Sam Wright July 29, 2019 at 16:36

      Excited to see how it plays out with local servers.

  • Reply DARK July 29, 2019 at 16:21

    Just shows how they care put servers in place for mobiles and not pc although we have been asking before pubg mobile was a thing giant fuck you to the pc gamers just sad and dissapointing

    • Reply Sam Wright July 29, 2019 at 16:28

      PUBG Moile devs are a whole different dev team to PC. So seems a bit unfair to blame mobile for that?

  • Reply Jonathan July 30, 2019 at 00:03

    This is exciting news for South Africa as we have some outstanding players and they’ll feel more part of the greater PUBG community. Can’t wait!

  • Reply Jonathan July 30, 2019 at 03:34

    Amazing i cant waiy speaking about those outstanding players im one of them no doubt thank you Sam for letting us know ill pass the word on to my clan and players

    • Reply Sam Wright July 30, 2019 at 08:21

      Any time. I’m excited to see where this leads!

  • Reply Sean Herman July 30, 2019 at 18:55

    So excited!! I’m tired of running in a house only 2 realize I’m actually not in the house but actually killed

  • Reply Wayne Horne July 30, 2019 at 23:17

    I have wondered when they wil give us better servers in africa . Looking forward to play on an southern african server. Best news for the day

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