PUBG x Stadia: Interview with Joon Choi, PUBG Console Lead

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What makes the PUBG x Stadia partnership special?

PUBG Corp. and Stadia have teamed up to bring the iconic Battle Royale experience to an all-new player base on Google’s new gaming platform. The announcement was made last month that PUBG would be available to Stadia players along with exclusive PUBG x Stadia skin sets for those who purchased one of three game bundles.

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Stadia’s cloud-based gaming experience allows players to enjoy PUBG from anywhere at any time, whether it’s on a mobile device or a big-screen TV. Those playing on Stadia will have the option to queue up in Cross-Platform parties, bringing together PUBG’s Console community like never before. The addition of a new platform doesn’t just bring the title to new players, it brings new teammates and opponents to those already on console with PlayStation and XBOX.

The announcement of this partnership is an exciting one, so for more insight into what his means for the community, what players have to look forward to, and makes this news special, we asked the PUBG Console Lead, Joon Choi, a few questions.

App Trigger: What would you say is the most exciting aspect of PUBG coming to new players on Google Stadia?

Joon Choi, PUBG Console Lead: We’re looking forward to reaching a wider audience, with new and returning players who can experience the game on a new platform. There is a lot of great crossovers there. For those that haven’t played PUBG, they can experience our unique Battle Royale that has immersive gameplay and some of the best gunplay on the market. For returning players, they have the opportunity to experience a new cloud gaming platform and the unique conveniences that come with that.

App Trigger: What do you believe players on Google Stadia should be most excited to experience for themselves?

Joon Choi: The convenience factor is definitely exciting. Since Stadia is cloud-based, you can play instantly across multiple devices…from your TV, to your PC, to your tablets, and mobile devices. That opens up a lot of possibilities. Outside of that, it’s a great way for first time PUBG players to experience the game or another great way to play if you’re gaming on PC or console already.

App Trigger: How does the partnership between PUBG x Stadia set itself apart from other current platforms?

Joon Choi: We have a great working relationship with all our first-party platform partners. Google has been really great to work with, in addition to being a tremendous help from the very beginning. In addition to giving us the right tools to work with, they provided lots of great engineer advice as well.

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AT: Cross-platform play and cloud-based gaming provide ease of access to players on the Google Stadia, what else can players look forward to in regards to gearing up and playing with friends?

JC: To your point, players can jump in and squad up with their friends on console through full cross-party play. Outside of that, players can look forward to putting their squad of friends against others in our recently released Ranked Mode. Our players have requested a way to measure skill for years, so we’re really happy to be able to finally provide that.

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AT: What does the addition of a primarily new player base on Google Stadia mean for the console community at large?

JC: From an industry and developer perspective, a larger player base (new or returning) is always a great thing. It means more people are being exposed to gaming, and specifically for us, more people are given the chance to play PUBG. In addition to that, new and existing PUBG gamers have more options to choose an experience that speaks to them.

AT: Is there anything else you’d like the players on Google Stadia, or perhaps new players interested in dropping into the Battlegrounds to know?

JC: Players can sign up for a free two-month Stadia Pro trial to gain immediate access to PUBG. For new players, there’s no better time to drop in and play the game. For existing or returning players, I’d really recommend giving it a go. The technology around cloud gaming and Stadia still impresses me to this day. It’s amazing that you can play our game from a browser!