Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - How to Join and Create a Custom Match

How custom matches currently work in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

Along with a reduced lag and bug fixes, the huge Month 1 update for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds brought a new feature to the early access title: custom matches. This guide will cover everything we know so far about how to join and create custom matches in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

Custom matches have been a highly-requested feature among the PUBG community, and many were pleased to see that the developers were listening. However, the custom match function is not currently available to everyone, which has left many players wondering how to create a custom match of their own in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. 

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Although custom matches have been added to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, not all players can utilize this feature as they expected. The ability to create a custom match in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is currently only available to the game’s developers and a number of PUBG stream partners who can create custom lobbies for their community.

The ability to create custom matches will open up to the rest of the player base in a future update. For now, non-partnered PUBG players will have to stick with the pre-set custom matches found in the custom public match submenu. According to the PUBG Partners Twitter, applications to become a PUBG Partner will open up again in May. 

To join a custom match in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, simply hover over the Play button in the upper left corner of the main menu and click the Custom Match option at the bottom. This will open up a list of custom matches that have been created by other PUBG partners and developers. You can view which server region (NA or EU) each custom match is hosted on, and how many players are currently in each. Custom matches that have already started will not be joinable. 

Custom matches that have specific parameters will usually indicate those details within their title. Custom match parameters can include player number limits, special weather effects, player camera restrictions (first-person only) and more. To take a look at some of the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds custom game mode features in action, check out the video by PUBG Partner SepticFalcon below. 

Although you can’t create a custom match of your own in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds just yet, we’ll make sure to update this article once the full functionally of custom matches becomes available to all players. 

We’ll be keeping an eye out for custom match details in the patch notes for future updates, so be sure to return here for more details on how to create and join a custom match in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.


Larryn is a full-time editor who has written guides and editorial features for various gaming websites. She is obsessed with Witcher 3 and is known to put hot sauce on everything.

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