Announcing the Middle East Server Region

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By The Fortnite Team

Heya Folks,

Today we’re excited to launch the Fortnite Middle East server area! 

TL;DR – We anticipate a variety of ping enhancements from 20-50% for a lot of gamers throughout the southern Middle East (i.e. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain), in addition to India.

What to anticipate as we speak?

Our preliminary focus is on the Arabian Peninsula, the place gamers within the area expertise the very best ping. We anticipate most gamers within the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia to see instant enhancements, in addition to teams of gamers in different surrounding international locations (relying on town and ISP of selection). We’re going to proceed bettering efficiency as we roll out networking paths to extra suppliers.

In order to launch the brand new Middle East area, we’ve needed to take the present SEA subregion servers offline. This is as a result of eradicating the gamers who’ve higher efficiency to the Middle East area doesn’t depart ample inhabitants to assist wholesome matchmaking. For the vast majority of gamers who performed on the SEA servers from the Middle East and India, it is best to anticipate to see a discount in ping. There might be some gamers throughout different components of Southeast Asia that have a rise in ping. Please tell us how this modifications your Fortnite expertise as we proceed making enhancements 

The Middle East area is hosted by our cloud computing companions in Mumbai, India. We selected Mumbai with a purpose to steadiness offering the very best expertise for gamers within the Middle East with preserving the expertise of those that had been beforehand using the SEA area servers. While there are different datacenter choices accessible, they don’t at present have the wanted community paths to achieve the vast majority of gamers within the area. 

Why did it take so lengthy?

In order to make this occur, we needed to work with a number of the world’s largest cloud infrastructure firms to supply an superior expertise for gamers within the Middle East. Beyond servers, we additionally want low latency community connectivity to gamers. This has been a selected problem on this a part of the world given the variety of international locations, community suppliers, and ranging ranges of interconnection between them.

In order to unravel the networking problem, we labored with a brand new companion to construct out an optimized community to hold game visitors again to our cloud infrastructure in locations the place the present networks didn’t meet our efficiency targets. This community is deployed on {hardware} operating in knowledge facilities throughout the area with community connectivity to main finish consumer ISPs and greater than a half dozen terrestrial and subsea worldwide non-public leased community circuits again to India.

What’s subsequent?

We have extra community enhancements in progress and we’ll proceed to search for choices to broaden our community attain to enhance the expertise for gamers in every single place. 

Keep your eyes peeled!