MWEB rules online gaming

2012-10-24 15:00

Cape Town – MWEB has once again proven that it is the leading online gaming service provider in South Africa by being voted as the most popular primary ADSL ISP amongst SA gamers in a recent MyGaming Survey.

According to the survey 42.8% of those questioned indicated that MWEB is their preferred ADSL ISP.

The recent results of the MyGaming survey comes after a similar survey conducted in March 2012 where 32% of gamers voted MWEB as the most popular ISP for online gaming.

“At MWEB, we recognise the importance of gaming traffic and want to be able to deliver the very best gaming experience possible to our entire customer base. Since becoming a tier 1 ISP giving us greater control of the network traffic priority, we increased gaming traffic with the very highest assurance levels giving it priority over all other traffic,” Desmond Kurz, online gaming manager for MWEB, told News24.

Kurz said the MWEB gaming network is open to all South African gamers, the only difference is that if a gamer is already on the MWEB network, they can expect a better performance when accessing these services as less "inter-network” or peering connections will be required.

When asked that some people feel cable broadband is a dead end street because the connections are finite, Kurz said at MWEB they do not believe that cable broadband is dead, on the contrary it’s on the rise. He said mobile online games are already available in the country including some for top publishers like Electronic Arts.

According to him the online gaming industry is enormous and its growing rapidly and attracting users who were not traditionally interested in gaming.

“Online gaming has grown by 25% according to the PwC Entertainment and Media Outlook 2012 report which means that the online segment is therefore expected to grow the fastest of any category as broadband penetration continues to increase.

"According to the same report, the gaming industry in South Africa was worth over R1.2 billion in 2011 and generated sales of over 3.8 million games. So we believe that this is much more than a niche pastime.”

Kurz said with regards to online gaming trends, MWEB has seen an increase in first person shooters which have become an online pastime, and massively multiplayer in online only games. He said offline gamers are also migrating to playing online.

According to him the South African online gaming community is relatively small compared to developed nations such as the United States and the United Kingdom but it is experiencing double digit growth.”

Kurz said the games that the majority of South Africans are playing ranges from Call of Duty, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 3, World of Warcraft, Dota 2, League of Legends, Guild Wars 2 and Minecraft.

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

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  • desmond.kurz - 2012-10-24 15:18

    Thanks for the mention and the lovely article, Chantelle!

      chantelle.whittles - 2012-10-24 15:20

      it's a pleasure!

      freddie.l.roux - 2012-10-24 18:41

      You mention battlefield 3 as one of the games SA gamers are playing yet you don't have a local server for X Box 360...EPIC FAIL...should have mentioned that Chantelle.

      tobydt - 2012-10-24 20:03

      XBox is for casual gamers.

  • lyle.purchase - 2012-10-24 15:40

    apart from the occasion dropped line which lasts a few seconds (not MWEB's fault, but Telkom exchange grrrr) i have never had any issues with MWEB, in fact they have been awesome non-stop!! Well Done, very well deserved :)

  • sintjohn.witbooi - 2012-10-24 15:44

    So who came second? And third? Too paranoid to name your competition? Shame! Poor report.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-24 15:51

      Nobody cares about who came second, or third... If you're a gamer and not with Mweb, then you are losing out. Well done Mweb, I switched to you more than a year ago and never looked back.

  • frans.delport - 2012-10-24 15:45

    Just a pity some people have to deal with telescum to supply lines and also the cable thieves, that put us out of touch every now and again.

  • reinert.wentzel - 2012-10-24 16:15

    whatever, then the majority of gamers are smoking their socks. I have been an IT consultant for 6 years and have had the worst support from MWEB i have ever seen whenever there is issues. And by the way AFRIHOST's prices are way lower than MWEB's- so this report cannot be true at all.

      zane.zeiler - 2012-10-24 18:39

      Agreed, the only reason 42.8% of gamers interviewed preferred mweb is because 42.8% of gamers don't have the slightest clue about the back-end architecture and infrastructure of their ISP's networks, for the same price you pay for your mweb account you can get an Afrihost account with much better latency and absolutely no shaping whatsoever, even their uncapped shaped accounts have better contention ratios than the mweb accounts and at a cheaper rate! So as julle skrik moet julle net f@%k3n wakker skrik!

  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-10-24 16:29

    Blowing your own subjective horn there Media24?

      louw.cilliers - 2012-10-24 17:44

      Actually the voters blew MWEB's horn, read the mygaming article ( and comments. I switched earlier this year and never looked back.

  • alan.barclay.75 - 2012-10-24 16:39

    A question : are there any educational games which are proving popular?

      tobydt - 2012-10-24 17:45

      Edu... Educa... Educational games?

      archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-24 21:05

      Not yet. The latest NUKE MalEnema is due for release after the next cANCer conference - should prove education and a hit.

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-10-24 18:51

    I am happy to hear Mweb being voted number 1. But they still have a lot of problems just like any other ISP. Right now i suffer from 600 pings that not even Telkom can figure out. I would like to see ISP's communicating a lot better when trying to resolve issues of this magnitude.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-10-24 22:03

    OpenWeb is the best!!!!!!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-10-24 22:04

    Lol!!! Educational games are never popular unless your talking about GTA learning to be a criminal. That's the most popular educational game out there.

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