Internet Solutions launches new gaming portal

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IS Labs, an Internet Solutions (IS) initiative, has announced the launch of a new gaming portal for Internet Solutions. According to IS Labs gamers complained about the delay or lag when playing multiplayer games through international servers.

“Our mandate is simple: improve the South African Internet. This project, the first to be launched out of IS Labs, will do just that by improving online play for South African gamers,” says Jeff Fletcher, product development manager for IS and a founder of IS Labs.

“IS Labs continues to look for any ideas that will improve Internet access, the user experience, or provide cost savings to make the South African Internet a better place.”

According to the PWC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2007-2011, the global video game market will be worth $48.9-billion by 2011.

Although the size of the South African gaming market is much smaller than its US or European counterparts, hardware vendors and big game publishers see great potential in South Africa.

Dell has sponsored brand new servers for the hosting of IS Gaming. Electronic Arts, one the world’s biggest game developers and publishers, which has an established local presence, is another key partner for the new IS Gaming site.

“Building gaming server capacity in South Africa will grow the local gaming community, increase technical skills and make networked gaming more fun. The new site will give local gamers a world-class online gaming experience and help to keep Internet traffic local, in line with IS Labs’ mission,” says Fletcher.

“The support we’ve secured from large players in the game industry, including Dell and EA, along with investment from parent company Internet Solutions, allows us to offer local gamers more without charging them a cent for subscription.”

IS Gaming is built on a multiplayer gaming engine, featuring Dell servers with dual quad-core 2.5GHz processors and 16GB of memory. The site currently features six multiplayer games, including Counterstrike and Battlefield 2142 games, with more titles to follow depending on feedback from gamers.

There is a strong community focus with rankings tables for individual games periodically uploaded to international game servers, enabling local gamers to compare their skills with each other and the best in the world.

The site will also feature news, movies and demos of upcoming titles, and patches and updates for existing games.