MWEB fights for local gaming content

2012-08-17 12:00

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, a subsidiary of Media24, which is in the Naspers stable. MWEB is a subsidiary of Naspers

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  • craig.a.salter - 2012-08-17 12:29

    Local gaming is big. come on give us our servers

  • brent.lee.1088 - 2012-08-17 12:47

    Nice to see someone is finally fighting for gamers in SA! Let's see some more dayZ servers, and maybe an mmo or two being locally hosted.

      kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-17 12:52

      Arma II DayZ mod? Didn't know there's other South Africans playing it. At least I'm not the only one.

      brent.lee.1088 - 2012-08-17 12:59

      There are quite a few of us who jam,there is a big community going.i got a group of about 10 guys, we jam almost every night! What server do you play on?

      kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-17 13:03

      I only play when I am traveling like now, I am in the UK and log onto the the local servers. I've been chatting to two server providers on the possibility of hosting one or two servers. With this news, I might be able to have more push.

      jeevadotnet - 2012-08-17 13:22

      DayZ Mweb ZA4 **** Alert - Do not enter Cherno after dusk tonight - you will be sniped. Your friendly sniper -jeeva

      dc.grimm - 2012-08-17 13:22

      Mostly play on ZA3. Its a regular server. Though i was mad the other day when for a server update they killed all the players.

      jeevadotnet - 2012-08-17 13:23

      btw, 5 servers ZA1 - webafrica ZA2 - webafrica ZA3 - mweb ZA4 - mweb ZA5 - NAG magazine servers are pretty much most of the time 20-40 out of 50 slots full.

      brent.lee.1088 - 2012-08-17 13:47

      Ha ha!! Za4 is the one we jam on! See you there jeeva ;) keep an eye out for us gregory, boer, ponyface, midnight, van and greyboosh!

      coetsee.francois - 2012-08-17 15:07

      The south African DayZ community is pretty big.

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-17 12:50

    Such a pity MWeb being a division of News24 tries to blow their own horn, when I know for a fact all the South Africa game server providers are embroiled in the same fight with publishers. MWeb on the other hand refuses to work with these other game server providers, this includes ban list sharing to ensure a better gaming experience for South African games.

      brent.lee.1088 - 2012-08-17 12:56

      Didn't know that... Makes much more sense though, They should work together, the would have far bigger clout then. I like the ban list sharing idea too. I know afrihost has a few servers, but not many, and they're games that no one is playing anymore.

      kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-17 13:04

      I usually play on the TechGames or WebAfrica servers. I have way less lag on these, plus I know the game masters pretty well of both companies. I know these two share ban lists for BF3 at least.

      brent.lee.1088 - 2012-08-17 13:09

      Nice, hackers really spoil the game. And there were so many on DayZ at one stage I just stopped playing. Its much better now though. What's your ingame name?

      jeevadotnet - 2012-08-17 13:27

      Ya, I normally play DAYZ on WebAfrica (ZA1). Administrators are way more experienced than M-Web Gaming's staff, thus it is generally better setup & configured, also they listen to what the gamers want without having to go a vast amount of red tape.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-17 14:19

      WAGE IS CRAP. End of story. WebAfrica is a great service provider, but WAGE has useless operators and admins. Never seen so many problems with servers and self discipline.

  • Dean - 2012-08-17 13:15

    A Dota 2 server would be great. I think the original SA Dota server (twilightgaming) pulled in a lot of players and lasted forever. It's still going some 8 years later. I never struggled to find a game on the server either.

      jeevadotnet - 2012-08-17 13:25

      There is no local DotA server. The server you're referencing to is a PVPGN Emulator for Warcraft 3 and other related games.

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