MWEB fights for local gaming content

2012-08-17 12:00
Gaming is growing on MWEB Gamezone. (Nielen Bottomley, News24)

Gaming is growing on MWEB Gamezone. (Nielen Bottomley, News24)

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2012-08-13 11:24

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Cape Town - MWEB's gaming experts are constantly battling to get local content from international publishers, the company says.

"We often get overwhelming apathy from these who say your market is not big enough," Desmond Kurz, MWEB's online gaming manager told News24.

MWEB's gaming portal, Gamezone, manages over 160 of its own dedicated gaming servers for over 50 titles. The tally increases to over 500 servers hosted on their network when their partners are taken into consideration.

"There's no doubt that gamers are pulling content. There's a lot of it being shifted around," Kurz said.

Gaming needs


They constantly try and look what content gamers are consuming and what they realistically can negotiate to bring to SA, where local downloads are generally faster.

Gaming downloads are also getting larger. "That's why local content is important, because you don't want to pull 20gig of content from international sites," Kurz said.

MWEB says they have five or six proposals sitting out with gaming companies at any time requesting to do the hosting in SA.

"We're trying actively to try and secure servers for Dota 2. We've just started with our latest string of attacks," Kurz said.

Console gaming


Kurz told News24 the real challenge in getting content lies in console gaming servers.

MWEB is currently the only known internet service provider with servers for Gears of War 3 in SA.

"Console is an uphill battle," said Kurz. "And we know that where the big wins will be for gaming is to get the console stuff."

"We've been chasing Battlefield 3 console servers for like eight months." With a game like Battlefield 3, the dedicated servers are administered and maintained by companies in Europe and the US, regardless of who supplies them.

Kurz said local gamers might see some big console names in the near future. "We just don't take 'no' for an answer."


News24 is part of 24.com, a subsidiary of Media24, which is in the Naspers stable. MWEB is a subsidiary of Naspers



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