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Riot Games Releases South Africa Valorant Servers

South Africa Valorant
04/09/2023 | With lower latency on the horizon, South Africa Valorant Players are looking forward to a smoother and more enjoyable gaming experience in Valorant. | Credits: Riot Games

In an exciting development for the South Africa Valorant gaming community, Valorant, the popular 5v5 character-based tactical shooter from Riot Games, is set to introduce local servers in South Africa (SA). This long-awaited announcement was made by Anna Donlon, Valorant’s Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, via the official Valorant Twitter account.

For those unfamiliar with the term, latency, also known as ping, refers to the delay between a player’s input and the game’s response. High latency can be a frustrating experience for gamers, often resulting in delayed actions, lags, and a less enjoyable gaming experience overall.

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South Africa Valorant Servers

The introduction of local servers in South Africa is set to change this narrative, significantly improving the gaming experience for Valorant enthusiasts and potentially setting a precedent for other game developers to follow suit.

Valorant confirmed Donlon’s announcement, revealing that the game will be partnering with Carry1st, a company based in Cape Town. This partnership is expected to pave the way for lower latency for South African gamers and those in nearby countries.

High Expectations for Lower Latency

To put this into perspective, South Africa Valorant players playing titles like Overwatch and Apex Legends, which lack local servers, have had to endure latency as low as 140ms when connecting to Middle Eastern servers. While this latency is better than playing on distant international servers, it can still lead to frustrating gameplay experiences.

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The introduction of local Valorant servers is expected to significantly reduce this latency, potentially offering a gaming experience with minimal lag and faster response times. This development has been eagerly welcomed by the South African gaming community, who see it as a game-changer in their online gaming pursuits.

The move by Riot Games to establish local servers in South Africa is not only a testament to the growing popularity of esports and competitive gaming in the region but also a recognition of the importance of a seamless gaming experience for players.

It remains to be seen how other game developers will respond to this development. If Valorant’s local servers in South Africa prove successful, it could set a positive precedent for other developers to follow, ultimately leading to a broader improvement in the gaming experience for the entire South African gaming community.

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Anticipation in the Air for South Africa Valorant

As South African gamers eagerly await the rollout of these local servers, there is a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. The introduction of Valorant’s local servers in South Africa is poised to be a game-changer and has the potential to revolutionize the gaming landscape in the region.

With lower latency on the horizon, South Africa Valorant players are looking forward to a smoother and more enjoyable gaming experience in Valorant, and this initiative may signal the beginning of a new era for the gaming community in the region.

Anish Prasad
Anish Prasad
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