For the meantime, there won’t be any fees to play PUBG custom matches during the beta testing.
PUBG released Update 18 today, which is one of the first big updates to come after Sanhok. The update brought a new weapon car as well as PUBG custom matches for all the players. This was a feature the players have been requesting for quite a while.
But it is not all good news. For starters, as mentioned in the dev blog, there can be only 10,000 PUBG custom matches running at a time, to ensure stable service. The blog also mentions that though the custom matches will not have an associated cost, it might change in the future after it goes on live server. The official message from the blog reads:
“Throughout the open beta, custom games creation will be limited to 10,000 concurrent running games to ensure a stable service. Creating custom matches won’t have an associated cost during this phase. However, due to the extremely large amount of resources required to allow custom games to be available to all players, we may change this in the future to ensure everything runs smoothly and the system remains sustainable long-term. We’re open to your feedback on this system and we’ll have more details on this aspect of the system later.”
Just several weeks ago, PUBG had released a Fortnite style battlepass for Sanhok. The battlepass was not free. The owners received exclusive missions and would get exclusive skins for completing those missions. Apart from the battlepass, PUBG also earns revenue from the keys that open certain crates.
If PUBG custom matches indeed end up requiring fees in the future, it has the possibility to become a big revenue source for Bluehole.