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Rumour: Azure servers coming to SA?

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Clouds incoming

Oh, what a sad day it was when we found out that we weren’t getting Titanfall in South Africa. The only country in the world where Titanfall was pulled, and it was primarily due to our poor infrastructure (among other reasons). Well, maybe it will release here after all – Azure servers are rumoured to be on the way.

This is still in the rumour phase, so please be aware that I am not reporting this as solid fact. However, Microsoft Azure servers are useful for more than just gaming, being a core part of Microsoft’s business solution. The question when deciding to bring in the Azure servers is whether there would be enough demand for the cloud. Going beyond gaming, we’ve received tips from people within more than one large, internet-dependent business saying that Microsoft has been approaching them, trying to get them to sign on for the cloud.

That’s right, rumours would imply that we’re not just being considered for Azure servers, but that they are well on their way.

What does this mean for us? Well, the first thing is that we should get Titanfall brought back onto the market. Plus, for those who have been playing, your ping should come all the way down, meaning that your gameplay should be improved and you can finally be successful when taking someone on in close combat.

Going forward, it gives opportunities for much greater server support across a range of games, and will also help ease some of the pressure on current local servers. This should mean faster server connections, decreased lag and generally happier gamers. Also, it means that when the Xbox One eventually launches here it will have support for all the bells and whistles. Maybe Microsoft does still stand a chance in the local market – let’s just hope that the rumor is true and it comes sooner rather than later.

Last Updated: March 18, 2014

72 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 18, 2014 at 12:04

    • No Longer SIR Twakkus

      March 18, 2014 at 12:12

      O my sack!! Wth!!! Dit is mal!

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        March 18, 2014 at 12:13

        Chinese. The one hive-minded nation that happens to belong to the human race.

        Reply

        • RinceIsIngwer

          March 18, 2014 at 12:25

          lol

          Reply

        • No Longer SIR Twakkus

          March 18, 2014 at 13:01

          Lol

          Reply

        • Estian Hough

          March 18, 2014 at 13:03

          lol

          Reply

    • TiMsTeR

      March 18, 2014 at 12:22

      Very cool!

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 18, 2014 at 12:39

      holy crap

      Reply

    • Scratch17

      March 18, 2014 at 12:48

      We used to do this at a local inter-school athletics day. MTBS. CT Northern suburbs represent.

      Reply

      • Mossel

        March 19, 2014 at 07:25

        MTBS! haha omw, I actually enjoyed that.

        Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 18, 2014 at 13:11

      It’s amazing what people can accomplish under pain of death.

      Reply

  2. DaxterZA

    March 18, 2014 at 12:08

    Ive been playing Titanfall with no problems, its probably the best connection ive had on 200+ ping! So if the Azure servers ever come to SA it would be really great, lets hope for the best!

    Reply

  3. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    March 18, 2014 at 12:10

    Better late than never I suppose

    Reply

  4. Sk3tz0

    March 18, 2014 at 12:18

    Cloud with a silver lining hey πŸ˜›

    Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    March 18, 2014 at 12:18

    Are they “zure” it’s coming?

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 18, 2014 at 12:39

      Zing!

      Reply

    • Norm

      March 18, 2014 at 14:26

      ^ This!

      Reply

  6. DrKiller

    March 18, 2014 at 12:19

    yay, the cloud! shes coming to us!

    Reply

  7. TiMsTeR

    March 18, 2014 at 12:21

    I’ll believe it WHEN I SEE it! Just like all the other shit promised to SA.

    Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      March 18, 2014 at 14:59

      There is the cloud, then it rains and the internet gets wet, and we have load shedding.

      Reply

  8. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 18, 2014 at 12:22

    Is this the ANC that promised this. Trying to win votes again

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR

      March 18, 2014 at 12:23

      Win you mean steal!

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        March 18, 2014 at 12:39

        Punctuation please? I had to read that 4 times in different ways to finally understand what you actually wanted to say. Here, let me clear it up for any future readers:

        “Win? You mean steal!”

        Reply

        • RinceIsIngwer

          March 18, 2014 at 12:41

          lulz, it’s Tim, he’s got the Golden Card of LG. It allows him to never use correct grammar or spelling!

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            March 18, 2014 at 12:44

            As much as that’s awesome for him, that makes us Grammar Nazi’s rage a lot.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 12:48

            *alot

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 18, 2014 at 12:49

            HAHAHAHAHA!

          • Tiaan Pat

            March 18, 2014 at 12:54

            The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my
            compulsive need to correct other people’s grammar. It kind of looks
            like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours
            of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left
            feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.

            For example, when I read the sentence “I care about this alot,” this is what I imagine:

            http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_D_Z-D2tzi14/S8TTPQCPA6I/AAAAAAAACwA/ZHZH-Bi8OmI/s1600/ALOT2.png

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 12:58

            bwhahaha that’s brilliant.

          • ToshZA

            March 18, 2014 at 12:55

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 12:58

            lol

  9. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 18, 2014 at 12:27

    Haven’t we had enough clouds the last couple of weeks? O_o

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 18, 2014 at 12:28

      I can do with MOAR

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    • TiMsTeR

      March 18, 2014 at 12:29

      You know how it goes, why stop a good thing.

      Reply

  10. RinceIsIngwer

    March 18, 2014 at 12:31

    I’ll believe it when it rains/lightening zaps my arse.

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR

      March 18, 2014 at 12:37

      not gonna happen in Ct, come to Gauteng and it is well possible, just hold a turned on hair dryer while staining on in the storm.

      Reply

      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 18, 2014 at 12:37

        While what? 0-O

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        • ToshZA

          March 18, 2014 at 12:40

          I think Tim’s fingers or brain broke this morning. His replies appear nonsensical.

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          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 18, 2014 at 12:41

            He is worse today than usual. I wonder how we can ‘cure’ him?

          • ToshZA

            March 18, 2014 at 12:44

            We probably can’t. I’ll bet its genetic. I bet we can trace his ancestry back to an American trailer park.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 12:46

            How rude, there’s nothing wrong with Tim.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 18, 2014 at 12:50

            Okay…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 12:56

            That makes no sense :/

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 18, 2014 at 13:01

            It does if I think Tanya’s a girl πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 13:16

            No I understand that, but that’s Neil Gegrasse Tyson, who is black, but the image is white. It’s lacist!

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 18, 2014 at 13:18

            All I see, is a PERSON.

          • TiMsTeR

            March 18, 2014 at 13:19

            Gee thanks for calling me a girl!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 13:22

            I think you’ll find PEOPLE get upset when you call them by the wrong gender…

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 18, 2014 at 13:23

            Then my work here is done.

          • TiMsTeR

            March 18, 2014 at 13:08

            There is no cure for my sickness… Its the tragic Brainouisworkousfasterthanfingerous! its apparently so rare only 1 in a billion get it.

          • TiMsTeR

            March 18, 2014 at 13:10

            Too much work makes Tim very bad at proof reading.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 13:15

            *proofreading

          • TiMsTeR

            March 18, 2014 at 13:17

            Your way looks incorrect.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 18, 2014 at 13:18

            My way looks incorrect, your way IS incorrect. πŸ˜‰

          • TiMsTeR

            March 18, 2014 at 13:19

            I can’t help it.. I think I have dyslexia.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 18, 2014 at 13:23

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • Rock789

        March 18, 2014 at 13:02

        “staining on in the storm”?

        Someone’s been playing too much South Park! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 18, 2014 at 12:45

      Careful with that Taser.

      Reply

    • Rock789

      March 18, 2014 at 13:01

      What about a purple haired woman named Lightning who carries around a giant sword? Hmmmm? :p

      Reply

      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 18, 2014 at 13:04

        That could work πŸ˜‰

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  11. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 18, 2014 at 12:32

    Remember local Xbox Live? Azure servers only in 2018. I’m calling it now.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 18, 2014 at 14:41

      LOL

      “Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness”

      Reply

  12. Lourens Jordaan

    March 18, 2014 at 12:42

    If only Sony gets a couple of servers here as well. If the XBone gets better connections than the PS4 it’ll be a big win for the guys with the soft micros.

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      March 18, 2014 at 12:42

      Lol. Soft Micros. #Maturity

      Reply

  13. Tiaan Pat

    March 18, 2014 at 12:48

    OH Yes!!!!!!! That would be fantastic if this should happen… MS Azure is def a way forward.

    Reply

  14. Dean

    March 18, 2014 at 12:59

    With the way the guys are desperately trying to sell the business solution side of things, I’m guessing they are coming sooner rather than later.

    Reply

  15. JustAnotherGamer

    March 18, 2014 at 13:17

    Let’s be honest, this isn’t happening.

    Reply

  16. Drizzt

    March 18, 2014 at 13:52

    ..

    Reply

  17. A 2 Cthulhu?

    March 18, 2014 at 14:01

    That’s awesome! Except I am still waiting for my code that I won from you guys to actually get the game πŸ™

    Reply

    • A 2 Cthulhu?

      March 18, 2014 at 14:03

      Never mind, somehow it landed it my spam! Thanks guys!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        March 18, 2014 at 14:40

        All mails from Darryn lands in spam.

        Reply

  18. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 18, 2014 at 14:49

    Wow Zoe, you missed a golden opportunity for a cloudy mountain…

    Reply

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