LoL fans from Down Under will get their own servers before the year's end, Riot reveals.
Australian gamers get a raw deal. Their console games cost twice as much as in the US and very few developers open Oceania-based servers. However, Riot has just announced that it is finally throwing its first servers on the barbie. In a forum post dated June 6, Oceania Manager MasterMirkinin claimed that Australian servers would be live "for sure before the end of the year."
These servers were hinted at back in March but no firm date was given for their completion.
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Before now, players from Oceania (which is a fancy way of saying Australia and all the little dots around Australia) could play LoL, they were just forced to play on non-native servers, which could cause latencies as high as 200-300. With servers actually placed in the region, the game will run as smoothly as it does for the folks in the northern hemisphere.
LoL follows Dota 2 in the decision to open servers in Oceania, which is promising for the region. Riot also expressed a desire to bolster the eSports community in the region, which can only mean good things for all you kangaroo gamers.