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Rainbow Six Siege South African permanent servers have officially launched…for Xbox one

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[Update} Servers are now live on PS4 as well.

“Following the deployment of South African permanent servers on Xbox One yesterday, we are happy to announce that PlayStation 4 permanent servers are also live now.”

More than a year ago in a live stream, Ubisoft promised that Rainbow Six Siege servers would go live in South Africa. They were working on the information that Microsoft’s Azure datacentres would soon be deployed in the region, but that took a little longer than expected. Then, once they were finally available, the Azure datacentres were limited; used primarily for business cases.

Last month, Ubisoft announced that it was working on test servers for the game locally, something we got to play on (and rather enjoyed). Now, Ubisoft has announced that South African Servers are finally live–for Xbox One. Other platforms are still in testing, and once things are working to spec, permanent servers will roll out to PC and PS4. Those platforms are in testing, and you may actually find that you’ll connect to local servers in quick matches.

Anyway, here’s Ubisoft’s statement on the servers:

“We are happy to announce than South African server tests during Operation Shifting Tides test servers were successful. We are deploying permanent servers in the country for Xbox One on Monday, December 9th. If the servers stability meets with our quality standards, we will deploy the servers on other platforms in the following weeks.”

South African Siege players will no doubt be happy with this news, but they’ll also learn of the caveats that come with having local servers for games, when we’re such a small region with a largely stagnant pool of players: incredibly long wait times, and matches with the same pool of players, lowering the skill cap. It’s a situation that tends to only get worse as time goes on, so my suggestion to Siege players is to enjoy playing it now while there’s renewed interest in the game thanks to the servers. Once the next big thing comes along, expect things to become a ghost town, whittled down to only the most core players.

The deployment of South African servers has also incensed Middle Eastern players who’ve similarly been begging for servers for the game for roughly forever.

Last Updated: December 11, 2019


  1. justlikemo

    December 10, 2019 at 07:41

    Nice man, yes we are here, bottom of Africa with low ping times ?


    • Admiral Chief

      December 10, 2019 at 07:53

      And low response times vs KB+MS players hehe


      • justlikemo

        December 10, 2019 at 10:14

        yes, yes


  2. Geoffrey Tim

    December 10, 2019 at 08:32

    Imagine trying to test server viability during STAGE 6 LOAD SHEDDING


  3. Devon Petermann

    December 10, 2019 at 16:07

    I disagree on “Once the next big thing comes along”. This game has been out for 4 years now and is only growing due to how unique it is from other games. It is past the phase of “just another game” like call of duty which has new titles every year.
    And once cross platform is introduced the queue time will be improved


    • kurt5132081 .

      December 10, 2019 at 20:07

      Agree, if CS go can have such a large following in SA i don’t see how Siege will fail to grow as well…and considering the following the game already has regardless of latency it can only get better.


  4. kurt5132081 .

    December 10, 2019 at 20:02

    Explain to me how your test platform is on pc TTS and then roll out xbox servers first?


    • Geoffrey Tim

      December 11, 2019 at 06:52

      Easier to test on a quickly rolled out PC server (because there’s a test client). MS gets first dibs on rolled server because its running on their Azure data centres.


      • kurt5132081 .

        December 12, 2019 at 12:30

        Sure i get that, what i don’t get is the test data Ubi is receiving is based on pc platform/users, so rolling it out on the console platform on which you have less testing data makes no sense. but ya anyway.


  5. disqus_42f7ad34vI

    December 21, 2019 at 14:50

    Good afternoon all. So basically the servers aren’t up until they have done their analysis of the data? I have a PS4 and can’t play any ranked games, it just keeps on doing a count down but no logging in. Same with a quick terrorist hunt as well.


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