MWEB has launched Dota 2 servers into the test-build of the game in cooperation with Valve.
“MWEB is awaiting confirmation from Valve as to when it will be deployed into the full build, which could be as early as tomorrow. As well as figuratively putting African gaming on the gaming map, a “South Africa” region will be added to the game, literally putting our continent on the map alongside Europe, North America and Asia,” MWEB said in a statement.
Dota 2 is one of the biggest online titles internationally even though it is still in a beta testing phase. On occasion, it has seen up to 297,000 players online at the same time.
A team-oriented multiplayer online battle arena game, reaction speed is a priority and the local servers will mean that SA gamers will be able to put latency issues behind them while playing.
“This is another level reached in our ongoing mission to improve the online gaming experience for local players,” said 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.”
“Conceptualising and executing on these strategies will increase the SA players’ competitive knowledge as to how international gamers play, which will add to their ability to compete against international teams,” noted Kurz.
“This will be particularly useful when a still-to-be-selected South African Protea Dota 2 Team picks up the gauntlet thrown by Romania later this year. MWEB is sponsoring this online tournament and all online tournaments with Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA).”
MWEB will be sponsoring R 5,000 in cash prizes for the big Dota 2 competition at the MSSA 30th Anniversary Annual Gauteng Championships on 30th and 31st March.