By Bernd Debusmann Jr
New server will lead to better ping times and reduced lag in the region
Fortnite players in the region are now able to select a Bahrain-based server to play from, the first in the region.
Previously, players in the Arab world were accessing content via India, resulting in higher ‘ping time’ and considerable lag, in which graphics slowed down and which resulted in a competitive disadvantage.
Now they will be able to access Fornite’s hit ‘survival’ game, which pits 100 players against each other in a ‘last man standing’ battle at higher speeds than ever before.
Although no formal announcement has yet been made, Fortnite players immediately saw the new dedicated Middle East server and took to Twitter to react.
"I am loving the new Bahrain servers in Fortnite. Finally I'm getting good ping,” said Twitter user @Cabbage_FN.
Another player, Mohammed Hammad, said that the move is “finally great for gamers in Bahrain.”
“This is the beginning of ping zero - we hope to see a big gaming e-sports scene in Bahrain next,” he added.
Epic Games, the first behind Fortnite, delivers the game to over 200 million players around the globe using AWS, which launched a data region in Bahrain earlier this year.
The facility expands the firm’s global footprint, giving customers faster access to technology and increased workloads in their home region.
Among the firm’s customers in the Middle East are Careem, Dubizzle, Emirates NBD and Flydubai.
In several weeks’ time, Bahrain will host the BLAST Pro Series Global Final 2019, where four teams vying for a $500,000 prize pool will compete in the game Counter Strike.
The event will be held on Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14, with the venue yet to be officially announced.