South African VALORANT players are left with no choice but to play on European servers.
Video Game publishers generally tend to ignore the African region when it comes to providing extensive support. In the past, Battlefield players had to play the game with a constant 150-200 ping. Developers at EA decided to compensate for the ping through some sort of damage/score adjustment method for South African players. However, VALORANT is on the total opposite side of the spectrum.
While RIOT has ensured dedicated servers for MENA region during October, the company is yet to provide anything for the other parts of Africa. South African eSports community might not be the biggest, but its definitely not negligible. Everything is critical in competitive gaming, decent hardware paired with poor internet won’t produce any outstanding result. Under such circumstances, it’s impossible to strive for a professional career in a game.
Redditor IQ3million‘s suggestion to establish servers in Cape Town, Egypt & Morocco might help to ensure fair gameplay environment for African players. As described in the status, the condition right now is extremely inadequate. Similarly, Middle Eastern players aren’t too comfortable with the recently introduced Bahrain servers. According to players Morocco, North American servers are reportedly providing better pings than Bahrain servers.
It isn’t easy to develop a proper eSports scene without arranging the necessary elements. The popularity of eSports in South Africa is quite impressive. Riot needs to install dedicated servers in hotspots throughout Africa; this act will undoubtedly inspire many players to pursue a professional career in VALORANT.