Local Battlefield 1 servers are coming next week

2 min read

Right after I spoke about local servers and the ongoing battle, and right after I talked about clear issues revolving around the servers, EA and Battlefield have decided to shut me up. While Battlefield was not mentioned in my tirade against local servers, it’s a game that still boasts one of the largest and most active communities in South Africa. Their struggle for local servers has been ongoing since the announcement and launch of Battlefield 1 last year, and it seems all the petitions paid off.


Battlefield was not mentioned because this is a game where local servers are almost expected. It’s an FPS, how on earth do you plan to play a fast paced FPS with 200ms? “That’s hypocritical, Kyle. What about Overwatch?” Overwatch’s playstyle is unlike Battlefield and Blizzard have great netcode. Now that I think about it, I probably should have included Battlefield in my servers piece since South Africa won the ESL Nation’s Cup playing on European servers. Anyway, Battlefield servers are arriving on February 21st, so start rejoicing.

“Fellow Battlefield players,

We are thrilled to announce that we adding online game server support for our dedicated communities in South Africa, the Middle East and Hong Kong.

On Tuesday, February 21st between 08:00 and 13:00 UTC we will be introducing servers in these three regions for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Once deployed, players in or close to these new regions will now enjoy online Multiplayer with lower latency than previously experienced.

The three new datacenters will be based in Johannesburg, Dubai, and Hong Kong, respectively, and will utilise the same type of high performance server hardware as the other regions running Battlefield 1 game servers. “

As mentioned above, South Africa’s Battlefield scene is one of the more active ones around. The addition of servers will hopefully invigorate a scene which has not seen much love over the past few years due to the stagnant nature of the past two Battlefield expansions (BF4 and Battlefield: Badline) from an esports perspective.

Read  Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon includes a tribute to the late Satoru Iwata

Last Updated: February 17, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Now if I only had Battlefield 1… xD

    • Admiral Chief


  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Let the toxicity … BEGIN !!!

    • Dutch Matrix

      Wait. To play Battlefield, did I have to have sexual relations with your mother, your sister, your aunt or your cousin?
      I can never keep up with the spex, you know?

      • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

        Along with 99% of the internet as well 😛

    • Fnuik
  • Dutch Matrix

    I told my wife the Battlefield servers are coming next week.
    “Like you?” she said.
    Weekend ruined.

    • miaau

      I am not sure what to say here.

      Um. Damn, that was funny. Truly funny.

      Damn, that is sad, truly sad. Also, because, you know, baby in my house.

      Have a great weekend.

      Also, I saw Xbox has free play for Battlefield 1 this weekend or something, for the Xbox players who care.

      • Dutch Matrix

        Rub it in, why don’t you??? I am Xboneless too…
        Wait. Rub it in sounds wrong in context…
        See the Birdie in the air.
        Build a Bird’s Nest in your hair…

  • Admiral Chief


    Now I just need the game 🙁

    • Dutch Matrix

      Here. Have an AK 47 and a stocking. Go draw some money and get us each a copy, toe?

  • HairyEwok

    Well, it would seem I can finally purchase BF1 now. Only hurdle left is to purchase the PC to play BF1.

  • ReverendFunk

    Really nice to have a massive company like EA actually do something for the SA gaming community. It’s actually amazing. Props to them

  • Galbedir

    Had the game since the first week of release, and while 170-190ms isn’t great for competitive play…I’ve found its been just fine to just have fun. Though I am happy for local servers!

  • MakeItLegal

    so it works great, but the numbers are slipping, and only 1 64 player sever for a whole country ? really ?

Check Also

Destiny 2: Where is Xur (and whats he got for sale?) – 15 December

Maybe you’re stuck at work and can only log in later tonight to spend some of your legenda…