Telkom Do Gaming has launched its own public servers as Telkom continues to consolidate its gaming activity under the Do Gaming brand.
Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Specialist for Gaming, says since launching in 2008, Do Gaming has administered the Do Gaming Leagues (DGL), run the DGL Championships and various other events, and grown the Do Gaming Portal to be the largest gaming portal in South Africa.
“Until now, the game servers on which the DGL was run were hosted at the South African Internet Exchange (SAIX) under the SAIX Gaming Service banner. This is now beginning to change with Do Gaming launching its own free servers, which will run independently of the SGS servers,” he says.
The decision to launch public servers was taken as Telkom looks to expand its footprint into the gaming market.
“Our goal is to grow the number of gamers playing online by providing low latency servers optimised for gamers playing on Telkom ADSL. We also want to introduce them to the DGL and give them the opportunity to compete in the largest online gaming league in South Africa,” he says.
Do Gaming’s multiple platforms give gamers the ability to play games online, talk about gaming and all things tech, hang out online with their gaming friends, get the latest news and reviews, download media using local bandwidth, hear about what's going on in the Do Gaming League (DGL) and publish their own articles and thoughts in the form of the blog.
Telkom Do Gaming will be rolling out more servers over time and will move towards having the DGL matches played on the Do Gaming servers in the future, which will for now still be played on the SGS servers.
Robert Hart, DGL League Administrator, says the Do Gaming servers will start with several instances of Counter-Strike: GO, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty 4.
“We’ll be testing the servers and optimising them as needed to ensure the best possible experience. Over time more servers will be rolled out to allow more people to play online,” he says.
Furthermore, Hart says the launch of the Do Gaming servers is accompanied by the launch of the new Do Gaming forums (dogamingforum.co.za).
The new forums will provide a place for gamers using the Do Gaming Servers to interact and learn more about online gaming.