The new region is hosted by the firm's cloud computing partners in Mumbai
Fortnite players in the region will now be able to select a Middle East server to play from, leading to better connections and ping improvements, the game’s developers have announced.
In a statement, Fortnite – which is developed by Epic Games – said that it expects ping improvements of 20 to 50 percent from players across the Middle East, as well as India.
“Our initial focus is on the Arabian Peninsula, where players in the region experience the highest ping,” the statement said. ‘We expect most players in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to see immediate improvements, as well as groups of players in other surrounding countries (depending on the city and ISP of choice).
“We’re going to continue improving performance as we roll out networking paths to additional providers,” the statement added.
To launch the new region, Fortnite took its current SEA sub-region servers offline, which is expected to cause users in the Middle East and India to see a reduction in ping.
The new Middle East region is hosted by Fortnite’s cloud computing partners in Mumbai, India.
“We chose Mumbai in order to balance providing the best possible experience for players in the Middle East with preserving the experience of those who were previously utilising the SEA region servers,” the statement added. “While there are other data centre options available, they don’t currently have the needed network paths to reach the majority of players in the region.”
Although Fortnite said it worked “with some of the world’s largest cloud infrastructure companies” to launch the servers, it did not identify the firms by name.
Fortnite’s statement said that is has more network improvements in progress and that it will continue to look for options to expand its network reach.