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Valve Expands the Official Datacenter in South Africa.


South African Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players may finally have something to celebrate as Valve’s latest patch notes for their competitive FPS title includes something quite special, namely that they have “Expanded the official datacenter in South Africa.”

For any of those who have been following Steam Status, a website which tracks the general Steam status, server loads and downtime, You may have noticed that South Africa was always sitting around medium load while other services were idle or on low. It can also be seen that local servers almost always experienced high load once the afternoon kicked in so it is with great enthusiasm that we noted, in the most recent patch notes, that Valve has finally decided to upgrade the local infrastructure.

The constant high load on the South African servers could be the reason behind this upgrade and, with the massive promotion of competitive gaming (or esports) in recent times I have to say:  it’s about time. This upgrade could potentially solve some server performance issues, but I will leave that testing to the community.

(We have reached out to Valve to see if we can squeeze out some more information so be sure to stay tuned for more updates.)


Small CS:GO Patch Notes:

While the South African server expanse is good news for us, the general update only included some minor fixes and should get CS:GO working on windows XP.

MISC

  • Expanded the official datacenter in South Africa.
  • Fixed a regression where the game couldn’t start on Windows XP.
  • Added game state integration output for timeouts and match pause.
  • Added game state integration output for the bomb defuse countdown.
  • Server ban list filter is now enforced in early stages of client connection packet handling.


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