South African Dota 2 players have been buzzing all morning after a reddit thread confirmed that South Africa will have local Dota 2 servers. Not long after, MWEB GameZone announced that they will be hosting these servers.
The South Africa region will be added to the region selection screen with Update 2 and we can expect to have a really good ping.
“This is another level reached in our ongoing mission to improve the online gaming experience for local players,” says Desmond Kurz, Online Gaming Manager at MWEB. “Local Dota 2 players will now have the opportunity to create new play strategies that are not apparent at the high pings that they are used to playing with on EU and US servers.”
Ping is something South Africans have been struggling with when playing online games on international servers, so an improvement on that is much needed for a better gaming experience. I don’t really find that playing with a 200 latency on European servers in Dota 2 bothers me at all, but it sure would be nice to have a 5ms latency, which is what MWEB got from their local offices.
Impact on the local community
I won’t say it was extraordinarily horrible playing the first Dota with the local community on Twilight, but it was extraordinarily horrible. All the old school Dota players know that Twilight wasn’t exactly a friendly place, and we all know that we don’t want to repeat that. So this time, I’m hoping things will be way better. Having regional servers for our country means that we’ll be able to play games with mostly South Africans without having to organise with friends or through channels, so if we don’t have local gamers swearing at each other all the time, this might become a very successful community for all of us.