PUBG Mobile has partnered with Sony’s Xperia smartphone brand, making Xperia devices the official phone of PUBG Mobile. What does this mean for players of the game? Well, not much in terms of an everyday gamer. But it has some advantages for professional gamers.
The partnership with Sony will allow professional teams to obtain “state-of-the-art” Xperia devices to use during competitions. It’s unclear whether players on the pro team will receive these phones just for the duration of the competition. But at the very least, the partnership guarantees that they will use Xperia devices during matches.
This also helps ensure that all players on the pro team are using the exact same device. Which more or less eliminates any element of device advantage from team to team. Although this is not necessarily the goal behind the partnership. Just a simple side effect.
Xperia is the official PUBG Mobile partner for Global Tournaments in 2022
According to the announcement, Sony Xperia is the official partner of world tournaments. It also states that the partnership is for tournaments in 2022. This means it does not extend to all official tournaments. And that PUBG Mobile might have a new device partner for 2023 and beyond.
There are two global tournaments in 2022 where the Sony Xperia partnership takes effect. This includes the PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2022 and a mid-year tournament. Krafton has yet to announce details about the mid-year tournament, but says he will share details soon.
According to PUBG Mobile’s Global Esports Director, James Yang, Sony felt like the “natural and confident” choice. Yang says player experience is always a top priority for PUBG Mobile Esports. And Sony Xperia devices fit that bill. Allow players to present “even stronger performances” during competitions.
Sony may not have a hand in the “gaming phone” market, but it has a long history in gaming in general. And although brands like ASUS, RedMagic and BlackShark are best known for mobile gaming, Sony’s flagship Xperia devices are still equipped with the most powerful mobile hardware. So partnership really makes sense if you think about it.