Krafton, the parent company behind PLAYERUN Goedkoop’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to bring the Battle Royale game to Azure.
Through the partnership, Krafton’s portfolio of online games will be hosted through the cloud platform, signifying a significant victory for Microsoft in the battle for supremacy among competing cloud computing services.
Krafton has reportedly chosen Azure over competing cloud solutions for its security family. Azure encrypts data in transit, integrates security controls into firmware and hardware, and uses more than 3,500 cybersecurity experts to continuously test for potential vulnerabilities.
“Azure is the engine of some of the greatest multiplayer games, with state-of-the-art security and the most comprehensive suite of compliance offerings from any cloud service provider,” the company said in a statement. press release. “The partnership ensures that privacy rights are respected and that relevant software fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations.”
Let the fight begin
Battle royale games, of which PUBG and Fortnite are among the best known, have gained massive popularity in recent years, generating annual revenue of $ 7 billion. While PUBG is most played by PC gamers, it has also been released for home consoles including the PS4 and Xbox One. There is also a mobile version released in 2017.
It remains to be seen what other benefits will come from Krafton’s new partnership with Microsoft, but there are reports that the two companies will work together to create a verification process to ensure player data is secure and compliant.
It’s also possible that through the partnership, PUBG Mobile will return to India. The title was banned in September due to cybersecurity concerns, but could now return to the world’s second largest online market before the end of the year.