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An update on the Black Ops 3 dedicated servers

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So we broke the news last week that South Africa was going to have dedicated servers for all three version of Black Ops 3 (PC, Xbox One and PS4) and while the local distributor, Megarom, has not been able to officially confirm it yet some more evidence has been shown that we will in fact have a server. Yes possibly only one.

A popular Call of Duty Youtuber, Drift0r, has one of those awesome gaming routers that can show you where all the people in your game are based as well as showing on a map where all the dedicated servers are.

And here they are.

As we can see the majority of servers are clustered around the US and EU markets which is no surprise and then there is one in South America, Australia, Japan and yes right here in South Africa.

The server is based in Cape Town which backs up other rumours we’ve heard that the servers are being run by Gameservers as Mweb has a relationship with them and are based in Cape Town so your best connection for Black Ops 3 locally will probably be an Mweb one.

There has been some confusion and debate over whether we really do have Black Ops 3 servers as people are still claiming they are getting terrible pings as well as seeing host migration. Drift0r explains this though as Black Ops 3 uses a combined dedicated server and player server system.

The game will attempt to get you on a dedicated server but if that server is full or down it can then pick a player host and that is when you can end up with a dodgy host and that annoying Host Migration screen.

Hopefully we will see some new servers being added for the actual release in November as our weekend Black Ops 3 experience was mainly on player-hosted games which are nowhere near as good. It’s likely that they’ve implemented just one server for testing purposes.

[Thanks to Guild for the tip]

Last Updated: August 24, 2015


  1. Guild

    August 24, 2015 at 09:13

    Yes please. The beta has been great. Looking forward to the full release now


    • Hammersteyn

      August 24, 2015 at 10:23

      Okay Pieter Kruger 😛


  2. HairyEwok

    August 24, 2015 at 09:18

    Their research is a wee bit off I think. Sure ok, Cape Town is perhaps the “richer” city but Jo’burg and Pretoria have the majority of people that would be playing the game.


    • Ranting Raptor

      August 24, 2015 at 09:31

      It’s difficult to say that as fact however? Do we have proof that Jozi and PTA have a larger player base than CT regions?


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 24, 2015 at 10:34

        Presumably they have a higher amount of masochists, so it makes sense that they’d have a higher base of COD players. 😉


        • Ranting Raptor

          August 24, 2015 at 11:58



      • Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

        August 24, 2015 at 13:40

        Actually we can kind of tell, Black Ops 2 on PS3 shows clusters of players on the world map and our biggest cluster is always here in Jozi


        • Ranting Raptor

          August 24, 2015 at 13:43

          ah well there we go then. Didn’t know that. Now I do


    • Bob

      August 24, 2015 at 09:37

      It does matter, at least we have one server is SA, compared to nothing, besides that Mweb’s head office is in CPT, hence why the server is there and also, they have fibre backbones between their DC’s in JHB and CPT so you wont notice that big a difference once you hit the Mweb DC in JHB, compared to being in CPT, the main thing that will help is if your ISP is Mweb.


    • HvR

      August 24, 2015 at 11:06

      Location probably has more to do with location of existing server infrastructure and being as close as possible to the international backbone/sea cable lines.


  3. Hammersteyn

    August 24, 2015 at 10:25

    Hopefully the servers can be used to host better games once they’re done with it.


  4. Jonah Cash

    August 24, 2015 at 11:03

    I had full green connection all through the weekend… Was better than I expected, just a lot different to Destiny though. Not a bad thing, but not a good thing either.


  5. Nikola

    August 24, 2015 at 11:39

    MWEB best connection that sounds sosooo wrong wish this was true for my Destiny connection using MWEB.


  6. bluegoon

    August 24, 2015 at 12:45

    Sorry I’m confused, is this specifically related to Blops 3 PC?


  7. RedRover

    August 24, 2015 at 12:45

    LOL Everyone who has played an FPS shooter knows that Joburg servers are better than CT due to the more central location


    • RustedFaith

      February 25, 2016 at 10:40

      okay then … sure thing tiger

      Anything to back this theory up ?


      • RedRover

        February 25, 2016 at 18:22

        ROFL Someones prickly today. My statement has nothing to with the power of the server. It has to do with ping. Not everyone in SA lives in CT or Joburg. Servers located in CT only benefit The 3 Cape Provinces. Servers in Joburg at least benefit people living in KZN, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State, Limpopo and Gauteng. So roughly 20% of the population benefits from servers in CT and 80% from servers in Joburg. Does that back up my theory?


        • RustedFaith

          February 29, 2016 at 15:16

          Nope that just looks like a thumb suck to me ….

          KZN have their own servers …. and have lower latency to cpt compared to JHB.
          Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Free State will see better connection to JHB
          Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Lesotho, Southern Free state will see better latency to CPT.

          So this numbers that you are spewing below:

          “So roughly 20% of the population benefits from servers in CT and 80% from servers in Joburg”

          Please provide proof of the above numbers, what market research did you do ??? Or link an article or Thesis that was done on the matter.

          Until then those numbers are a thumb suck based on your own personal impression/experience.

          Prickly ?? You sound like my gran …


          • RedRover

            March 3, 2016 at 16:36

            LOL. So smart and so stupid at the same time. BTW I dont live in JHB or anywhere near it. My initial response is based on 8 years of playing FPS. The population numbers are public for anyone to read. Just google it and do the maths. and I know how routing works mrsmartass. Lets turn this around since you are so clever. I assume by the amount of drivel coming from you, you favour CT. So tell us o wise one. Why is hosting the servers in CT a better choice for South African gamers?

            Oh and what servers are hosted in KZN? Please provide info.

          • RedRover

            March 3, 2016 at 16:44

            Goofysmurf? Is that you?

  8. prpleRage

    November 5, 2015 at 22:09

    Would BO3 on PC be a good bet in South Africa? 🙂


    • pikachu

      December 12, 2015 at 13:01

      No i highly doubt theres a server because theres always someone in the lobby whos host with a 2meg and everyone else lags if u have a higher internet speed only other people woth 2megs r happy


  9. Mousie

    November 10, 2015 at 18:06

    still get between 200 & 400 playing multiplayer , so it leads me to believe this is not the case


  10. Frantz Miles

    December 26, 2015 at 23:02

    Right… I just spent about 15 minutes waiting for the thing to actually find a game… Then another 5 while “waiting for players” – Some actually appeared… and then left… Should I change my deodorant?


  11. Schroeder

    February 25, 2016 at 10:17

    So I’ve heard numerous reports that BO3 doesn’t use real “dedicated servers”, but listening servers that tie in with a host box. So basically only about 50% of your matches are going to guarantee higher quality/lower ping matches, otherwise you’re at the mercy of a host console/machine. IMO, that’s BS – Treyarch is living in the past. DS’s have been around for so effing long and they can’t put a AAA game like this on 100% DS? Get outta here – bring on The Division, because I ain’t playing BO3 past March (which means no DLC purchases, money lost for Treyarch).


    • RustedFaith

      February 25, 2016 at 10:55

      Dedicated servers has been around since Doom 2, Quake 1, Half Life 1, Unreal Tournament, CS GO, Dota ….

      The kicker is that the COD engine to this day runs on a modified Quake 3 engine, quake 3 had dedicated servers already when the Quake 3 demo came out in 1999. That is 17 years ago ….

      They do it to save money, dedicated servers cost them money so they build the game around p2p on purpose so that they can offload the load to someone’s pc.

      If you look at BF4 you can have a dedicated server but you pay for it, then gamservers gives a large cut to EA. Any fps game that doesn’t have dedicated server shows that the developers are just plain greedy.

      They can just let the community run dedicated server without any cost to them but then they loose control and they dont like it.

      Support proper companies in the future, there are lots of great fps titles that runs on dedicated servers. Insurgency, Doom 4, Unreal Tournament 4, CS:Go, Arma, Team Fortress, Squad etc..

      People have been bitching the last what 8 years for dedicated servers in COD but still buy’s it every year and then bitch about the same problems. It boggles the mind, the only thing I can think of is


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